COVID-19: Singapore Pre-School Closed

A Bukit Merah pre-school is closed for 14 days after a teacher tests positive for COVID-19. The schools is being cleaned and disinfected, while all pupils have been put on a 'Leave of Absence'.
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MY World Pre-school will be closed until March 27 after one of its teachers tested positive for COVID-19. Singapore's Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) has ordered the pre-school in 52 Lengkok Bahru to close temporarily for 14 days after the confirmed case of a 28-year-old Filipino national.

During the 14-day incubation period, the Bukit Merah pre-school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. All children and staff have been placed on Leave of Absence.

The teacher is Case 221, one of 14 new cases announced by Singapore's Ministry of Health on Sunday; she is a Singapore Work Pass holder, and has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

The ECDA says:

"The ECDA is working with the preschool to engage parents on the precautionary measures. In accordance with MOH’s guidelines, staff and children are advised to stay at home during the closure period.

"Staff and children should avoid going to crowded places and attending social gatherings."

This is the fourth pre-school/school temporary closure in Singapore due to COVID-19. The government-run Raffles Institution (RI) school was closed for one day after a 12-year-old student was confirmed to have the virus; the campus was deep-cleaned and staff and students who had close, sustained contact with the infected student were issued a 14-day Leave of Absence.

Creative O Preschoolers' Bay was closed for two days after an assistant cook also tested positive for COVID-19. And the Choa Chu Kang branch of the The Orange Tree Pre-school is closed until March 20 after one of its students tested positive for COVID-19.

All local and international schools in Singapore have remained open since the outbreak of COVID-19 was first announced, but strict precautionary measures have been implemented at every campus in line with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education. These include daily temperature checks, restriction of visitors, and the suspension of large group and communal activities.

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