Two Bangkok schools cancel classes to protect students from air pollution

Screenshot: Channel 3 News

Two Bangkok schools have cancelled class for the rest of the week to protect their students from hazardous air pollution currently enveloping the city.

Last night, Roong Aroon school in Bang Khun Thian district and Chulalongkorn University Demonstration School in Pathum Wan district announced on their Facebook pages that classes have been canceled from today until Friday.

“A report from the school’s health unit found that students from nursery one through grade six are likely to fall sick in large numbers. We have consulted with the the public Health Service Center and receive a suggestion that schools should cancel classes to stop the spread of illnesses,” Chula. Demonstration school wrote in their Facebook post last night.

“During this time, the school will clean our classrooms, equipment and other miscellaneous objects,” they added.

Meanwhile, Roong Aroon school also asked students to stay home during their days off and limit all outdoor activity to avoid exposure to the smoke.

While other schools in areas categorized as “risky” have not decided to cancel class, they’ve reportedly implemented ways to limit the time students spend outdoor.

Dr. Somjit Tapepramai, administrator of Sacred Heart Convent School in Khlong Toei district told Channel 3 News that physical education classes are now being held in a large auditorium indoors.

The Air Quality Index from 1pm today says that Bangkok’s air quality is at an “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level, which means “active children and adults and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.”

Screenshot: Air Quality Index
Screenshot: Air Quality Index

This does not look hopeful, considering that the situation has worsened from what it was at the same time yesterday.

Screenshot: Air Quality Index
Screenshot: Air Quality Index

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