On May 19, local schools in Singapore started to reopen for students taking national exams including Primary 6, Secondary 4 and 5, Junior College 2 and Pre-University 3. Local schools are currently on a mid-year break until June 1, but small groups of students are allowed onto campus for face-to-face lessons.
As the government actively plans for a "controlled and phased exit" to the circuit breaker, we look at how schools and kindergartens are preparing to reopen.
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The Ministry of Education has issued a series of safety management measures to schools.
Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung said in a Facebook post:
"Many students will be excited to return to school. Parents may be looking forward to school opening too, especially if they have to return to work. But I am sure parents are also worried about their children’s safety. Rest assured that we will take whatever precautions we can to ensure the well-being of all students and staff."
Anyone entering a school campus will have to use a national digital check-in system that enables contact tracers to find close contacts of infected cases. Launched by the Ministry of Health, the new Safe Entry system is compulsory at all schools and pre-schools in Singapore, as well as workplaces like offices and factories, supermarkets, hospitals, malls and hotels.
All local pre-school staff will be tested for Covid-19; principals, teachers, cleaners and cooks are among those to be given a one-time swab test paid for by the government. A date has yet to be set for the reopening of pre-schools in Singapore.
So far, about 6,000 staff have been swabbed, said minister for social and family development Desmond Lee; around 30,000 preschool and early intervention staff will be tested by May 26.
In a Facebook post, Lee said: "The tests will help safeguard the health and well-being of our preschool community, and give peace of mind to the staff, their families and parents of preschool children."