Covid-19

EtonHouse International School Thomson

Phase 3 Safe Management Measures

Last updated Tuesday, 4th January 2021 

This page will be updated regularly in accordance with the latest directives from and in accordance to government regulations from the Ministry of Education and the Committee of Private Education. It is designed to give clear instructions for our school community on our safe management measures as per the directives from the government:

1. Enhanced Precautionary Measures for Preschools Against COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), Circular released by ECDA 19th May 2020 further shared by CPE 20th May 2020

 

2. Arrangements for School and Institutes of Higher Learning at End of Circuit Breaker released by Ministry of Education Singapore 19th May 2020 

 

3. New Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the Workplace After Circuit Breaker Period released by Ministry of Manpower, 9th May 2020

 

4. End of Circuit Breaker Phased Approach to Resuming Activities Safely, released Ministry of Health Singapore, 19th May 2020 further shared by CPE 20th May 2020

 

5. Safe Management Measure for COVID-Safe Foreign System Kindergartens (FSKs): COVID-Safe ABCs, released by Ministry of Education, 20th May 2020

 

6. Expanded Surveillance Testing for COVID-19, press release by Ministry of Education, 7th June 2020 further shared by CPE 11th June 2020

 

7. Enhanced Precautionary Measures for Preschools Against COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), released by ECDA 16th July 2020

 

8. Enhanced Precautionary Measures for Preschools Against COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), released by ECDA 22nd August 2020 further shared by MOE & CPE

 

9. Enhanced Precautionary Measures for Preschools Against COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), released by ECDA 24th September 2020 further shared by MOE

 

10. Enhanced Precautionary Measures for Preschools Against COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), Circular released by ECDA 15th December 2020

 

EtonHouse Thomson will continue to work together with the Singapore government to closely adhere to these directives to ensure a safe environment for our children, families, staff and the wider Singapore community.

Students

Staggered Drop-Off and Pick-Up

As per the directives from the Ministry of Education to reduce congestion, schools must stagger arrival and dismissal times in various ways, such as according to the academic level of the students or mode of transport (for instance, letting students who take the school bus leave first).

 

Schools “must engage parents to put in place staggered drop-off and pick-up times for classes to prevent the formation of queues and crowding at the school. To facilitate this, schools have the flexibility to make adjustments to existing timetables.”

(Ministry of Education, 20 May 2020 & 15 Dec 2020)

 

The Committee of Private Education also mandates that schools enforce appropriate adjustments to the timetable to stagger start / end times, to ease localised congestion and avoid build-up at transport points, including bus stops.

 

Morning Drop-off

  • Staggered timings will reduce congestion across the entry points. Where possible, families who arrive by car/taxi are strongly encouraged to drive-through and drop-off their children at the main entrance at the top of the school. Where possible drop-off your child(ren) at the door that is closest to their classroom. 
  • Teaching teams will coordinate staggered drop off timings, adhering to the sibling with the earlier staggered drop off time.

 

Afternoon Pick Up

  • Allocated pick up points have been planned in accordance to respective class locations to minimise crossing over areas in the school. 
  • Teaching teams will coordinate staggered pick up timings, adhering to the sibling with the earlier staggered pick up time.

 

School Bus Riders

  • Arrival at school between 8.30am to 8.40am
  • Depart school at 3.15pm

Broader cohortisation of children and staff

  • Instead of segregating children and staff by class, schools may segregate their children and staff in each centre into 2 cohorts or more in the school. This brings about more flexibility based on a larger cohort group to aid delivery of core programmes, and for children to be combined where necessary during arrival/dismissal or for supplementary programmes, and yet maintain some degree of segregation.

 

  • The two defined cohorts within our school community will be the pre-school cohort (Pre-Nursery to Year 1) and the primary years cohort (Year 2 to Year 6). There is no mixing of staff and children across cohorts, but children from the same cohort are allowed to be combined.

 

Masks / Face Shields

  • All children aged 2 years and above are to continue to wear masks or face shields in the school. Children who may have difficulties wearing a mask may use face shields as an alternative. Mask-wearing is not required for very young children below the age of 2 years for safety reasons. 
  • Masks will not be worn when children are engaged in strenuous physical activities outdoors and during PE or during nap and meal times. For activities where masks are not practicable (e.g. due to physical exertion), there should be preferably a safe distance of 2 metres between individual children.

 

Upon arrival

  • In addition to the temperature taking, hand santising and visual screening as the children enter the school building, teachers will also explicitly ask each child and check for symptoms of illness upon arrival into the classroom:
  1. Have you been having a fever?
  2. Do you have a cough?
  3. Do you have a sore throat?
  4. Do you have a runny nose?
  5. Do you have shortness of breath?
  6. Do you have a loss of sense of smell?
  7. Are you unwell in any way (besides the above)?
  8. Are there adult household members who are unwell with fever and/or flu-like symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath?

 

(Ministry of Education Singapore, 20 May 2020)

 

  • Staggered drop-off and pick-up times for classes. Children are to proceed directly into their classrooms on arrival. 

 

  • All children will be checked-in by their teachers using SafeEntry upon entering and arrival into their respective classrooms.

 

Preparation for TraceTogether-Only SafeEntry

  • We are currently awaiting directives from our regulators on the rollout of TraceTogether-only SafeEntry at the school. Until TraceTogether-only SafeEntry is mandated and the date confirmed by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce, schools will continue to check in all visitors (including students and staff) with existing check-in modes.

 

  • As per the government directives, children under 7 years old (pre-school cohort) will not be required to use TraceTogether. Thus, this will only be implemented for children in our primary years cohort. 

 

  • Given that our primary years students do not have access to a mobile device with the TT app, they will be required to have their TraceTogether (TT) token brought to school. As such, families who do not have the TT tokens at this point do not have to be concerned but it is advisable for families to start looking into collecting their child’s TT token at your respective constituency Community Centres/Clubs (CC). The opening dates of the CCs will be available at least 3 days in advance. 

 

  • You may check the TokenGoWhere website https://token.gowhere.gov.sg or the community notice boards for the latest updates.  TT Tokens will not be distributed to the PEIs. We will continue to update our community on how this will be implemented at the school and the timeline advised by our regulators.

 

Within the classroom

  • Space out seating arrangements and ensure designated seat for each child.

 

  • Lunches will be taken in the respective classrooms to support safe distancing measures.

 

  • Cots for the younger children will be assigned individually within the class and will be wiped down and cleaned after each use.

 

  • Avoid activities that involve close physical contact among children and staff.

 

In common areas around the school

  • Children from different cohorts to use separate routes and entrances/exits, where available.

 

  • Children from different cohorts should not interact along walkways, corridors or common spaces, where reasonably practicable to do so.

 

  • Stagger cohorts in their use of common areas and facilities (e.g. toilets, halls, common areas) to avoid mixing between cohorts.

 

  • Demarcated lines and social distancing stickers are prominently displayed for children to ensure that they practise social distancing and stand 1 metre apart in the common areas around the school.

 

  • Assemblies and large-group communal activities will not be held. 

 

Resumption of our use of shared outdoor spaces

  • Given the broader cohortisation within our school, the use of the outdoor spaces and shared resources can resume with the children from the same cohort (pre-school cohort and primary years cohort). 

 

  • Sensory experiences such as water play and sand play will resume, with visual markers to support the continued safe distancing of the children.

 

  • Vigorous gross motor activities outdoors may also resume. For activities where masks are not practicable (e.g. due to physical exertion), there should be preferably a safe distance of 2 metres between individual children. 

 

  • Classes from different cohorts going outdoors must be staggered. There should be no mixing between classes from different cohorts when preparing to go out/return from outdoors.

 

Resumption of in-person sessions with Specialist Teachers

  • In addition to the P.E. experiences that have already been conducted in-person since June 2020, the children will resume going to the specialist spaces for their Music, Visual Arts, ICT and Library experiences. 

 

  • Timetable changes will be made to ensure that classes from the same cohort are scheduled accordingly and that high touch points in the shared areas are cleaned before children from the other cohort access the shared specialist space.

 

Swimming for Year 1 to Year 6 students

  • Students will be in groups of maximum 5 and working with 1 instructor. Students will be swimming 1 at a time within their groups of 5 for safe distancing measures.
  • Changing areas will be cleaned before, throughout group change overs and at the end of sessions. Students will be asked to shower before and after swim sessions.
  • Equipment will be sanitised before and after each swimming group.
  • Swimming instructors will be wearing face shields and will have completed school entry health requirements

 

Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs)

  • Children from different classes, but within the same cohort (pre-school cohort and primary years cohort), are now allowed to attend ECAs together. The broader cohortisation of the children brings the possibility of a larger group of sign-ups to meet the minimum number of participants set by our external ECA providers.  Subject to safe management measures, the cap on the number of schools has also been lifted for external ECA providers. Therefore, paid-ECA providers are now able to resume their programmes at the school too. 

 

  • These changes will bring about more ECA options for our families. As these changes to ECAs will now need to be coordinated with the external providers and our teaching teams. With this in mind, a wider range of ECAs will be implemented after the mid-term break, on the week of 22 February 2021. We will keep our community informed of the sign up for these ECAs in the coming weeks.

 

  • In the meantime, as communicated at the end of Term 2, our Nursery 2 to Year 6 classes will resume class-based ECA that is offered by their respective teachers within their class communities.

 

  • Persons conducting supplementary programmes such as ECAs must ensure safe distancing during the sessions and safe cleaning after each session. They must maintain a safe distance from children at all times and ensure children in the programme are seated at least one metre apart, where possible. They must also wash or sanitise their hands after each session.

 

Field trips 

  • In Phase 3, field trips for our Kindergarten 1 to Year 6 classes can be resumed and conducted at external venues. 

 

  • In Phase 3, activities conducted at external venues will be allowed to resume, subject to the following SMMs:
  1. To cap the overall group at 50 persons (including children and adults); and to further split into groups of up to 8 children.
  2. The children within each group of 8 must be from the same cohort and managed by staff from the same cohort.
  3. Ensure at least 1 metre between groups (assuming individuals are masked).
  4. There should be minimal intermingling between children and members of the public when taking part in activities or programmes at external venues. Children should not be brought to crowded public spaces, which have high traffic/crowds, as far as possible; and where transport services are arranged for the activity/programme, schools must:
  • Take children’s temperatures prior to boarding
  • Assign specific seat to each child
  • Ensure each child wears a mask/face shield
  • Alternate seating that is at least 1 metre apart for all children, where reasonably practicable to do so.
  • Ensure that the bus is cleaned and santised before children’s use every time.

 

Personal health and hygiene

  • Children will be reminded to practise good personal hygiene (avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth) and to throw away used tissue immediately into a foot-pedal bin. There will be no sharing of food or drinks and eating utensils.

 

  • Temperature screening and hand santising will continue upon their arrival at school each morning. Temperature taking will continue at three scheduled times daily. 

 

  • Students will be encouraged and reminded to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Instructions on the correct way to wash our hands are predominantly displayed at the relevant areas and will continue to be reiterated and practised.

 

  • In addition, children will be required to stay away from school if they are:
  1. unwell, or 
  2. have adult household members who are unwell with flu-like symptoms, or
  3. have adult household members on home quarantine/Stay-Home Notice

  (Ministry of Education, 20 May 2020)

  • Staff will remain vigilant of any symptoms of illness displayed by any child (i.e. have fever and/or flu-like symptoms such as runny nose, cough, shortness of breath). 

 

  • Children who are feeling unwell during the school day will be immediately isolated in the sick bay and their parents/guardians will be notified to pick them from school as soon as possible and bring them to seek medical attention. A child may only return to school when the medical certificate period is over and when he/she does not exhibit any symptoms of illness.

 

  • Any child who is unwell must consult a doctor immediately and the school must be notified. As part of the government’s expanded surveillance testing, children who are unwell and if your child presents respiratory symptoms like cough, sore throat and runny nose, he/she will be assessed by the doctor for Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI). If diagnosed with ARI, children (12 years and below) will be assessed by the doctor as to whether a test is required, as younger children may require different clinical considerations than older children. Those who do not require a test will be issued a 5-day MC and should stay home. If he/she is still unwell at the end of 5 days, he/she should return to the same doctor for follow-up assessment and may be referred to KKH/NUH for a test.

 

School bus riders

  • School bus riders will have their temperatures taken by the bus attendant prior to boarding. We kindly ask that families also take their child’s temperature at home before sending your child to board the bus. 

 

  • If your child has a temperature of 37.6 or above either when tested at home or whilst boarding the bus they must not under any circumstances be sent to school. 

 

  • Masks must be worn on the bus and each rider will be assigned a seat. Where reasonably practicable to do so, alternate seating will be assigned. 

 

  • School buses are cleaned and sanitised before children’s use every time.



Photo-taking for individual school photographs

  • Photos of the children must be taken individually, i.e. no class/group photos.
  • If a common area is used for the photo-taking session, high touch point areas should be wiped down and disinfected between sessions/classes.
  • The photographer and staff must wear masks at all times.
  • Each child may remove his/her mask or shield momentarily for photo-taking and put on the mask/shield immediately after the photo is taken.
  • Safe distancing of at least 1 metre between the child and the photographer will be ensured.

Celebration of special events

  • Schools may conduct celebrations only at a class level. Children must remain within their respective classes/groups; there must be no mixing of classes/groups.
  • Classes should minimise actions such as singing loudly as they increase expulsion of droplets that may contain viral particles and raise the risk of transmission of diseases. Children and staff should also avoid sharing a microphone.
  • External visitors remain disallowed (e.g. parents should not be invited to attend the celebration).
  • If there are birthday cakes, there must be no blowing of candles. Birthday cakes that are brought into school must be from a NEA-approved source and individually wrapped (per child) for hygiene and safety reasons.

Parents & Guardians

  • Parents must wear masks and practise social distancing. Please work in collaboration with the school to educate your child(ren) on proper mask wearing/removal and handling habits. 

 

  • Parents are not allowed into the school building. This is in adherence to the regulations from the Ministry of Education. Children must be dropped off at the doors of the main school building. Where possible, if you are arriving by car/taxi, stay in the car and drop your child off. 

 

  • Limit your time on the school grounds to drop-off and pick-up. Adhere to the staggered drop-off and 10-minute staggered pick-up duration “to prevent the formation of queues and crowding” at schools (Ministry of Education, 20 May 2020).

 

  • Do not bring friends and when possible, additional family members onto the school grounds. This includes during the staggered drop-off and pick-up. Please ensure that only one adult per family will be at the allocated pick up location.

  • Doors to the main school buildings will have clearly demarcated queues for families to stand 1 metre apart. When on the school grounds, please practise social distancing and stand at least 1 metre apart from others around you. As per the government regulations, schools are to “inform parents/guardians to not mingle with one another at drop-off/pick-up points.” (Ministry of Education, 20 May 2020)

 

  • Any communication between the parents and the staff must be via emails, phone calls or video conferencing. For matters requiring a quicker response during school hours, kindly use the MS Team chat function to contact your child’s teachers directly.

 

  • Parents and guardians must wear your EtonHouse Thomson Parent & Guardian Passes at all times when entering and on school grounds. As per our ongoing measures, anyone without the Parent & Guardian Pass will be required to complete the Visitor’s Form and will be asked by security to check in and check out via SafeEntry. 

 

  • Parents must complete and update their travel declaration via EtonHouse Kagami platform. 

 

  • Parents must continue to update the school of any child and/or any household member under Quarantine Order, Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and Leave of Absence (LOA).

 

  • Before sending your child to school, parents must ensure that your child displays no signs of illness. Kindly ask anyone who may be caring for your child in your absence to do the same. As an increased government precautionary measure, if there is an adult household member who is unwell with fever and/or flu-like symptoms, the child will also be required to stay away from school.

 

  • Since 2 June 2020, the government has expanded surveillance testing for COVID-19. As per the guidelines by Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, parents must inform the school if your child is unwell and if he/she presents respiratory symptoms like cough, sore throat and runny nose, your child must see a doctor and be assessed for Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI). The school is mandated and required to issue a letter of identification that must be brought along and given to the doctor at consultation. If diagnosed with ARI, children (12 years and below) will be assessed by the doctor as to whether a test is required, as younger children may require different clinical considerations than older children. Those who do not require a test will be issued a 5-day MC and should stay home. If he/she is still unwell at the end of 5 days, he/she should return to the same doctor for follow-up assessment and may be referred to KKH/NUH for a test. Students will also be required to bring with them their student pass and/or another form of identification with their NRIC/FIN number. Please refer to the FAQs below for more details on this surveillance testing.

Parents of Newly Enrolled Children (Settling In)

 

  • To accommodate parents accompanying newly enrolled children, schools are allowed to have up to 8 parents per class at any given time subject to safe management measures being adhered.
  1. Only one parent may accompany the child and there must be no more than 8 parents in a class at any point in time. To minimise visitors, the same parent should accompany the child.
  2. Parent may accompany their child for only half a day for the first 2 days of school.
  3. Parents accompanying their children should limit interactions to only their child and their child’s teacher(s). Parents of newly enrolled children should maintain a safe distance from others in the school and avoid interactions with other children/staff/parents within the school.
  4. Parents accompanying the child must use the TT App on their mobile phones or the TT token, at all times, while they are in the school.

Staff

  • On an ongoing basis starting in June 2020, school staff diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) will be tested for COVID-19. Staff should present their staff IDs or some form of documentation for identification when seeing a doctor. If a test is required, the staff will be referred to undergo a test at a polyclinic, designated GP clinic or Regional Screening Centre set up by the Health Promotion Board. Results will be available within three working days and the staff will be notified via SMS notification or call by the doctor on the outcome of the results. While waiting for the result, the staff must remain at home and avoid contact with other persons.
  • All school staff and visitors should preferably use the TT App on their mobile phones or TT token to check into SafeEntry at schools and at all times, while in the school. 
  • Safe Management Officers (SMOs) have been appointed within our school community who would be responsible for implementation, coordination and monitoring of safe management measures.
  • Staff are required to wear masks or face shields in the school and to model and practise proper mask wearing/removal and handling habits with the children. Surgical masks must be worn by staff when conducting health checks and should refrain from any form of physical contact with children. If any physical contact with a child, staff or visitor, santise hands immediately before resuming health checks.
  • Staff must be vigilant of their personal health and promptly seek medical attention. Staff are advised not to clinic-hop.
  • When accompanying an unwell child in the sick bay, the staff must keep a distance of more than 2 metres from the child, be wearing a mask and practice hand hygiene after contact with the child. The sick bay will be wiped down after every use.
  • Staff will plan for learning experiences that avoid close physical contact among children and staff. 
  • Staff must maintain high levels of environmental hygiene. Regular cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day, of frequently touched areas such as door handles, handrails, water taps. Communal toys and resources will be disinfected on a daily basis.
  • Non-teaching staff should minimise interaction with children.
  • In addition to the P.E. experiences that have already been conducted in-person since June 2020, the children will resume going to the specialist spaces for their Music, Visual Arts, ICT and Library experiences. Timetable changes will be made to ensure that classes from the same cohort are scheduled accordingly and that high touch points in the shared areas are cleaned before children from the other cohort access the shared specialist space.
  • Schools must ensure that there is no mixing or cross-deployment of staff across cohorts. An exemption will be made for Language Support teachers, who may engage classes across cohorts, subject to the following SMMs: children from different cohorts cannot be combined and teachers must maintain a safe distance from children at all times and must wash/santise their hands after each session.
  • Schools may hold physical internal staff meetings and internal training at the school or a third-party venue (subject to any additional premises owners’ policies) and subject to the following SMMs:
  1. No mixing of staff across schools or different cohorts within the same school during the meeting.
  2. The number of persons at the meeting must be capped at 50 persons.
  3. To maintain at least 1 metre safe distancing between all individuals
  4. No food and beverage to be served during the meeting
  5. Masks should be worn at all times during the meeting
  6. High-touch point areas in the meeting room to be wiped down and disinfected after each use.
  7. From 22 October 2020, the meeting venue can be within the school or at a third-party venue (subject to any additional premises owners’ policies.
  • Schools should, however, continue to conduct internal meetings and staff training online as much as possible.
  • Schools must continue not to organise or encourage large scale social gatherings for staff within or outside the school.
  • Staff are not to socialise or congregate in groups at common areas, such as staff lounge and pantry, including during meals or breaks.

Visitors

External ECA Providers

  • Subject to safe management measures, the cap on the number of schools that external persons/providers who conduct supplementary programmes (such as external ECA providers). Persons conducting supplementary programmes must strictly engage only those within the same cohort at any one time. While schools may combine children where necessary, the children from different cohorts must not be combined when attending the supplementary programme sessions.

 

  • Persons conducting supplementary programmes must ensure safe distancing during the sessions and safe cleaning after each session. They must maintain a safe distance from children at all times and ensure children in the programme are seated at least one metre apart, where possible. They must also wash or sanitise their hands after each session.

 

  • Persons conducting these supplementary programmes must use the TraceTogether (TT) App on their mobile phones or the TT token, at all times while they are in the preschool.

 

Visitors

  • Visitors who are on QO, SHN or LOA will not be allowed to enter the school.

 

  • Schools are to restrict casual visitors to minimise the risk of community transmission. Only visitors who are needed to support the running of schools (e.g. contractors, external photographers for class photoshoots) and those who need to perform necessary functions may enter the premises.

 

  • All visitors (does not apply to parents dropping off or picking up children, school bus drivers, etc) should preferably use the TT App on their mobile phones or TT token to check into SafeEntry at schools and at all times, while in the school. 

 

  • Security will also explicitly ask each visitor and check for symptoms of illness:
  1. Have you been having a fever?
  2. Do you have a cough?
  3. Do you have a sore throat?
  4. Do you have a runny nose?
  5. Do you have shortness of breath?
  6. Do you have a loss of sense of smell?
  7. Are you unwell in any way (besides the above)?
  8. Are there adult household members who are unwell with fever and/or flu-like symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath?

 

(Ministry of Education Singapore, 20 May 2020)

 

  • Visitors will all be required to check-in and check-out using SafeEntry, complete a travel and health declaration as well as have their temperature checked. Visitors must maintain a safe distance from staff and children.

 

  • No school tours will be conducted during operating hours.

Environmental Hygiene: Cleaning & Disinfection

As per the COVID-Safe measures, EtonHouse Thomson will continue to implement the following to reduce the risk of transmission and ensure high levels of environmental hygiene.

 

The cleaning procedures at our school will continue to adhere to the measures from Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health guidelines:  

 

  • Infection Prevention Guidelines for Schools (Primary) and Child Care Centres Third Edition, released by Ministry of Health, 2019
  • Safe Management Measure for COVID-Safe Foreign System Kindergartens (FSKs): COVID-Safe ABCs, released by Ministry of Education, 20th May 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on COVID-19 Testing due to Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) Symptoms

1. Do all students and staff need to get tested for COVID-19?

Anyone who is unwell, especially if they display respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, cough or sore throat, should see a doctor.

Staff and students (13 years and above), if diagnosed by the doctor to have Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and require COVID-19 testing, will be referred by the doctor to a polyclinic, designated GP clinic participating in the Swab-and-Send-Home (SASH) initiative or Regional Screening Centre set up by the Health Promotion Board to undergo a test. This also applies to personnel working in schools but who are not MOE-hires, such as SCC/KCare staff, coaches and instructors, canteen and bookshop operators. A list of GP clinics participating in the SASH initiative can be found at the following website: http://www.phpc.gov.sg.

 

For students aged 12 and below, they will be assessed by the doctor on whether a test is required, as younger children may require different clinical considerations from older children. They may be issued a 5-day MC in the first instance, and be required to stay home. If they are well at the end of the MC period, they can return to school. If they are still displaying respiratory symptoms at the end of their MC period, they should return to the same doctor for follow-up assessment, and the doctor may refer them to KKH or NUH for COVID-19 testing.

 

2. Why is COVID-19 testing needed?

Testing complements the other safe management measures we have put in place to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of teachers and students. This is to allow us to identify COVID-19 cases earlier and to quickly contain any potential spread in the schools/education institutions and community.

 

3. What will staff/students getting tested for COVID-19 need to bring along with them? Is payment for the swab test required?

MOE staff and students will need to bring along their student/staff pass that has their NRIC/FIN number. Non-MOE staff who work in schools or with school students will need to bring along a letter of identification from the school and a form of identification with their NRIC/FIN number. A mask should be worn at all times.

The cost of the test arising from a diagnosis of an Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) will be covered by the government. In this scenario, the relevant consultation, medication and investigation costs will be covered under the Flu Subsidy Scheme (for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, as well as Work Permit Holders).

 

4. Why not test all staff like those in pre-schools?

The need for surveillance testing is assessed based on different risk factors, including the group’s vulnerability and risk of exposure to COVID-19, and the risk of spread within the particular setting. Within pre-schools/schools/education institutions, other factors are taken into account, including the level of close interaction between staff and students. As pre-school staff have much closer physical interactions with their students, as compared to staff of other schools, all pre-school staff were tested in a one-time sweep before the pre-schools resumed full services.

 

To reduce risk of transmission in schools/education institutions, staff diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) by a doctor will be prioritised for testing as part of the overall strategy to keep schools/education institutions safe.

I would like to keep my child at home and not send my child back to school. How will my child’s learning be supported?

Families who can not send or are concerned about sending children back to school during phase 1 of safe reopening will be required to complete a ‘Stay Home Request Form’. This request for exemption from class should be submitted to the front office before arrangements for class work to be completed at home can be made. This allows us to prepare teaching teams for this added responsibility to their teaching day.

 

Class work and experiences to be completed at home will be shared by your child’s class teachers. These arrangements will be made directly with your child’s class teacher upon resumption of the school term. This exemption will be supported to the very best of the teaching teams abilities given that they will be teaching a full class each day. 

Your child’s teachers will contact you individually when school resumes to make the necessary arrangements for the following week and a time for a daily check in call with your child. Kindly note that this call on MS Teams will be carried out by your child’s teacher from their class and scheduled around the class schedule and responsibilities to children attending class. We kindly ask that you respect the demands already placed on teachers in their daily work.

What is TraceTogether?

TraceTogether is a mobile application developed to support existing nationwide efforts to combat COVID-19, by enabling community-driven contact tracing.

TraceTogether adopts a community-driven approach where participating devices exchange proximity information whenever an app detects another device with the TraceTogether app installed.

TraceTogether uses the Bluetooth Relative Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) readings between devices across time to approximate the proximity and duration of an encounter between two users. This proximity and duration information is stored on one’s phone for 21 days on a rolling basis — anything beyond that would be deleted. No location data is collected.

If a person unfortunately falls ill with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) would work with them to map out their activity for past 14 days, for contact tracing. And if the person has the TraceTogether app installed, they can grant MOH to access their TraceTogether Bluetooth proximity data — making it quicker for MOH to contact people who had close contact with the infected individual, to provide timely guidance and care.

Visit their website for more details: https://www.tracetogether.gov.sg/

What are the COVID-Safe ABCs?

The Ministry of Education and Committee of Private Education has outlined safe management measures:

  • COVID-Safe Access: To ensure Safe Access, schools are to implement measures to ensure that individuals who may pose a risk of transmission are not allowed access into the school premises.
  • COVID-Safe Behaviours: Schools are to implement measures to ensure that staff, children and families adopt COVID-Safe Behaviour and norms to reduce the risk of transmission and ensure a safe environment within each class.
  • COVID-Safe Classrooms: To ensure COVID-Safe Classrooms, it is critical that children and staff stay within a fixed group and designated spaces to minimise any risk of cross-transmission across classes, in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the school.

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