More Covid-19 Cases Hit Singapore's Schools

Singapore's biggest daily jump in new cases of Covid-19 includes 18 cases at PCF Sparkletots and three cases at Nord Anglia's Dover Court International. The Ministry of Health confirmed 83 new cases in total.
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Singapore’s largest pre-school operator, PCF Sparkletots, has closed all 360 of its centres for four days after 18 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Also, one of Singapore’s international schools, Dover Court International School (pictured above), has three confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Of the 83 new cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health yesterday (March 25), 18 cases are linked to a new cluster at the Fengshan PCF Sparkletots Preschool in Bedok North. 14 are staff at the preschool, and four are family members. One more member of staff was confirmed to have the virus today.

Another three cases are linked to female members of staff at Dover Court International School. The school is closed this week to trial its online learning programme but was due to open next week ahead of its spring break.

Earlier this week, confirmed cases of Covid-19 included two parents from UWCSEA (Dover), one parent from UWCSEA (East) and three parents at Singapore American School (SAS). Read more here.

The PCF pre-school in Fengshan will close until April 7, and all staff and children are on quarantine. PCF, which enrols more than 40,000 children across Singapore, is closing all its centres for four days until March 29 to review its precautionary measures and to deep-clean all premises.

This week the Ministry of Education implemented additional precautionary measures for preschool and primary school students. Students staying in the same household as a person who returned from any country to Singapore from March 25 will be placed on 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA). And students staying in the same household as a person who returned to Singapore from the UK, US or ASEAN countries on or after March 14 will be placed on 14-day LOA.

Speaking today, minister for social and family development Desmond Lee said:

“Parents need to know that we owe them a responsibility to maintain high standards across all pre-schools.

“We have 400 operators running 1,900 pre-schools and we owe it to parents to make sure that the measures we put in place are evidence-based, precautionary-based, sensible and practically implemented.”

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