In Lao PDR, many schools were used as a quarantine station for people returning from neighbouring countries. As per the safe school guidance, the schools were disinfected and cleaned extensively.
“Although our school was not used as a quarantine place during the lockdowns, we are not making any compromises in our safety,” says Mr. Viengchit.
“A week before the reopening, we sprayed disinfectant in classrooms and other places. Likewise, we have allocated 30 minutes in the morning for temperature checking and those with fever will be sent home for rest,” he said.
At school, Ketsavan catches up with her friends. They share their experiences of lockdown. One of her classmates, Leewa, belongs to a Hmong community from a remote village in northern part of the country. After the schools were closed, he returned to his village.