AP PHOTOS Preparing to welcome back Thai preschoolers

AP PHOTOS: Preparing to welcome back Thai preschoolers

For the past month, Darunee Khedkhow has arrived at Bangkok's Makkasan community preschool at 8 a.m. each weekday, just as she has done for most of her past 12 years as a teacher. But it has hardly been business as usual for Darunee and her 13 fellow teachers. Since mid-March, the Makkasan preschool — like all schools in Thailand — has been closed for classes as part of the government's efforts to battle the coronavirus. At the start of June, when Thailand eased coronavirus restrictions, teachers were asked to come back to school to prepare for the resumption of classes, which will take place this week. So on Wednesday, young children will return to the Makkasan preschool for the first time since the pandemic prompted the government to close schools, as well as daycare and child development centers. The reopening of schools is nationwide, for all levels of public and private schools. Over the past month, the Makkasan teachers have cooked meals, assembled food parcels and...