Press Release on Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social and Family Development's (MSF) Precautionary Measures

PRESS RELEASE

4 FEBRUARY 2020

ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION
 
1. To further enhance protection of our school students and staff against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection, MOE and MSF will be taking additional precautionary measures to minimise congregation of students in large numbers. These measures will be effective from 5 February 2020.

2. MOE will be implementing the following measures in primary and secondary schools, Special Education (SPED) schools, Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute:
 
i. Large group and communal activities such as assemblies, camps and mass celebrations will be suspended
ii. Recess times in schools will be staggered
iii. CCAs and after-school programmes may continue, in smaller groups.

 
3. The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will also step up precautionary measures in all preschools as follows. They will also apply to specific social services e.g. residential facilities, disability day centres.
 
i. Large group and communal activities such as assemblies and mass celebrations will be suspended
ii. Health checks and temperature screening for all children, staff and visitors will continue. The frequency of temperature taking for children and staff will increase to three times a day for childcare centres and twice daily for kindergartens.

4. These additional measures will allow MOE and MSF to mitigate the potential risks posed when students gather in large numbers, while enabling schools and preschools to continue with a majority of their usual learning and activities. Schools and preschools will closely monitor the health of students and staff, and advise them to see a doctor immediately if they are sick. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and will implement further measures should the situation escalate.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Ekta Jagtiani
Officer, Media Relations, Communications and Engagement Group
Tel: 6879 6778 (O) / 9489 0412 (HP)
Email: Ekta_Jagtiani_Moti@moe.gov.sg

Ms Insyirah Yahya
Officer, Media Relations, Communications and Engagement Group
Tel: 6771 3057 (O) / 9855 6602 (HP)
Email: Insyirah_Hamizah_YAHYA@moe.gov.sg

Ms Amanda Phua
Assistant Manager, Communications Division
Ministry of Social and Family Development
Tel: 6354 9844 (O)
Email: Amanda_Phua@msf.gov.sg