Last Updated: 19 January 2022

FAQs: COVID-19 related matters

Updated on 19 Jan 2022, 4:00pm

National examinations

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Back-to-school arrangements - updated
What are the arrangements for Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) for the resumption of term in 2022? [UPDATED]

The Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) have increased the number of students allowed back on campus at any one time for face-to-face learning.

More student activities and large scale student events will resume in line with national guidelines on group sizes and event sizes.

I am still concerned about the COVID-19 situation. Can I choose for my child to remain on Home-Based Learning (HBL) after school reopens?

We would like to reassure parents that schools would be making every effort to implement the various safe management measures to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Allowing your child to return to school would ensure your child's teachers are able to work with your child effectively.

How can Student's Pass (STP) holders apply for entry into Singapore?

Student's Pass (STP) holders and eligible accompanying family members may apply for approval to enter Singapore via the SafeTravel website. Please click here for the requirements and process. You may refer to the Guide to Applying for Entry Approval to help you through the application process, call the SafeTravel Enquiries Helpline at +65 6812 5555 (operating from 8.30am – 12.00am daily), or write to the Safe Travel Office using the enquiry form if you need further assistance.

Can my child use a face shield instead of a face mask in school? [UPDATED]

Face shields typically have a gap between the shield and the face which result in less effective protection compared to face masks. To ensure effective protection, face shields cannot replace face masks in instances where face masks have been prescribed by MOH as a requirement.

However, MOH also recognises that in some situations, the wearing of face masks may not be practical, and exemption has been given for certain groups of students/children as follows:

  • Children twelve years and below, who may have difficulty wearing and keeping face masks on for a prolonged period of time;
  • Older students who have certified health conditions that may result in breathing or other medical difficulties when a mask is worn for a prolonged period of time. This includes some students with special needs that make it challenging for them to wear face masks.

For these children, face shields could be an option and is not mandatory.

Schools will also allow primary school students and MK children to use face shields for short periods of time if the children have difficulties wearing face masks for long periods.

What are the back-to-school arrangements for Term 1 Week 1 2022?

Only Kindergarten 1 (K1) children in MOE Kindergartens and Primary 1 (P1) students, including from the primary/junior sections of SPED schools, will report to their schools for the first day of school on 4 January 2022. One parent/guardian will be allowed to accompany their K1 or P1 child/ward to their new school to help them better adjust to the new environment and routines.

K2 children and P2 to P6 students will only return to school from 5 January 2022. This will better facilitate the safe return of students at the start of the school year and ensure that SMMs can be implemented effectively.

All students in secondary schools, secondary/senior sections of SPED schools and junior colleges (JCs)/Millennia Institute (MI) will return to school from 4 January 2022.

Resumption of activities in schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) - updated
Given the number of students that have been infected with COVID-19, why is MOE resuming more activities such as team sports of up to 10 persons in secondary schools, JCs, MI, SPED schools with secondary/senior sections and IHLs?

Since the start of the vaccination exercise for students from 1 June 2021, about 97% of eligible students from our secondary schools, secondary/senior sections of SPED schools, junior colleges (JCs), Millennia Institute (MI) and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) have received both doses of the vaccine. Given the high vaccination rates of students in secondary level and above, and as part of the national transition to a COVID-19 resilient nation, we aim to safely resume as many aspects of school life as we can with appropriate safeguards broadly similar to the appropriate national practice and SMM guidelines. This allows us to enrich the learning experiences and better support the long-term holistic development and well-being of our students.

MOE will continue to calibrate the pace we resume activities in schools and IHLs based on the prevailing COVID-19 situation and national posture.

Will Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) be introduced in schools and IHLs? [UPDATED]

There are presently no plans to introduce VDS in our pre-schools, primary schools or SPED schools with primary/junior section. Our priority now is to ensure our children are well protected against COVID-19 as we begin vaccination for those aged five to 11 years.

Similarly, COVID-19 vaccination is not a requirement for physical attendance in our secondary schools, SPED schools with secondary/senior sections, junior colleges and Millennia Institute. Access to quality education remains MOE’s priority. However, where there are public health reasons to better protect our students participating in higher risk activities, additional measures would be put in place. For example, unvaccinated students are required to perform a self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) prior to participating in higher-risk activities such as singing and playing wind instruments. In addition, under the ongoing MCCY-MOE Team Sports Pilot for schools and IHLs, only fully vaccinated students who have taken an on-site ART self-swab are allowed to participate in team sports in groups of up to 10.

From 1 February 2022, VDS will be expanded to include Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). However, students in IHLs who are completing their full-time NITEC/Higher NITEC, Diploma or undergraduate degree programmes will be exempted from the VDS requirement when entering their respective education institutions. For such students who are unvaccinated, we will require them to undertake a regular weekly self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) regime. Students who have a valid negative test result will be able to take part in higher risk activities on campus which require VDS, such as indoor unmasked activities or large-scale student activities.

All staff in schools or IHLs are to adhere to the Workforce Vaccination Measures put in place by MOM.

Why do medically ineligible students need to take part in regular ART testing to participate in higher risk activities, since they are already granted an exemption from Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS)? [NEW]

While medically ineligible students are provided an exemption under the VDS regime, they remain at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and/or becoming severely ill, especially if they take part in higher risk activities.

To allow these students to safely take part in more activities on campus, they are required to undertake a regular weekly self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART).

Besides piloting the resumption of team sports for up to 10 fully vaccinated persons, are there other mask-off activities that would be allowed to resume in secondary schools, secondary/senior sections of SPED schools and junior colleges (JCs)/Millennia institute (MI)?

The latest resumption of activities also allows for the resumption of mask-off Music and Drama activities (i.e. singing, wind/brass instrument playing, voice training, and speech and drama) in respective CCAs. A fixed group of up to 20 persons may unmask for Music and Drama activities with safe management measures (SMMs) in place, in a room with up to 50 persons. Unvaccinated students may participate in the activity after obtaining a negative result on a self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) supervised by teachers.

Will my child's participation in CCA be affected if he/she is not fully vaccinated? [UPDATED]

Students may still participate in many CCA activities even if they are not fully vaccinated. For example, participation in masked activities would not be affected. For activities such as mask-off Music and Drama activities, students who are not fully vaccinated may still participate after obtaining negative result on self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) supervised by teachers. Due to the high risks involved for team sports of up to 10, only fully vaccinated students may participate in the Team Sports Pilot. Students participating in CCA held at external venues are subject to external venue’s Safe Management Measures (SMMs) and Vaccination Differentiated SMMs (VDS) requirements.

My child's school is still not resuming team sports activities. Why is this so?

Due to the unique arrangements of different schools, schools are given the flexibility to decide whether or not to resume selected activities for students during the school holidays, as long as this is aligned with existing safe management measures (SMMs).

We will continue to resume more activities in 2022 as aligned to SMMs. Please be assured that your child's school will make the necessary arrangements to prioritise your child's safety and learning experience.

Will there be further resumption of activities in 2022? [UPDATED]

From January 2022, MOE will continue to resume more elements of school life for our primary, secondary schools/secondary or senior sections of Special Education (SPED) schools and junior colleges (JCs)/Millenia Institute (MI).

For secondary schools, secondary/senior sections of Special Education (SPED) schools, Junior Colleges (JCs)/Millennia Institute (MI) and IHLs

Flag-raising level assemblies may resume with a cap of around 300 persons from the same level per venue with 1m safe distancing between all individuals, and zoned by classes with 2m between classes.

CCAs held at external venues and learning journeys can proceed with controlled use of venue and with an overall activity cap of 50 persons. Teachers and students would be subject to external venue's Safe Management Measures (SMMs) and Vaccination Differentiated SMMs (VDS) requirements.

Schools can also allow their students to resume play with classmates in groups of up to five as long as they keep their masks on.

Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) are looking to bring back more aspects of campus life safely, such as more in-person lessons and student activities, and larger scale IHL sports events (e.g. POL-ITE games and Inter-Faculty Games).

For primary schools

Schools have the option to resume flag-raising level assemblies for P6 students only with a cap of around 300 persons per venue with 1m safe distancing between all individuals, and zoned by classes with 2m between classes, and to resume in-person CCAs without needing to split according to class or levels, if the total number of students, staff, service providers and volunteers is capped at 50 individuals.

Schools can also allow their students to resume play with classmates in groups of up to five as long as they keep their masks on.

Home-Based Learning (HBL) - updated
What are MOE's considerations in deciding whether to shift all schools to Full Home-Based Learning (HBL)? Under what circumstances will MOE roll out nationwide Full HBL? [UPDATED]

As far as possible, our approach has been to keep schools open, as we recognise that HBL cannot be a full substitute for the school-based learning experience, especially for coursework and CCAs.

We had shifted all schools to Full HBL in May 2021 for 1.5 weeks, as part of a stepping up of precautionary measures to safeguard the well-being of all students and staff, given the sharp increase in the number of community cases and our students were not eligible for vaccinations then.

With high vaccination rates in secondary schools and JCs/MI, there is less necessity currently, for requiring Full Home-Based Learning for the entire system. Where necessary, MOE will apply it to selected classes, levels or individual schools to stem spread of infection.

What if there is no one to look after my young child when he/she is at home for Home-Based Learning (HBL)?

Schools will remain open for students who require additional support. In particular, parents who are not able to work from home or who are unable to secure alternative care arrangements may approach their child’s school for assistance.

Preschools and student care centres, including special student care centres, are open during regular hours to support parents who need to work.

How will students continue with their learning from home during Home-Based Learning? Will the teachers be able to remotely supervise the class?

Schools will provide instructions and support for students to access a range of both online and hardcopy Home-Based Learning materials, so that their learning continues uninterrupted.

Teachers are familiar with and competent in using various tools to engage and monitor the progress of the students for HBL. They can use the Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) online platform to monitor the students' learning progress and their submission of assignments. In addition, teachers may use real-time video conferencing platforms to conduct some of their lessons, where necessary.

We encourage students to exercise self-discipline in following the instructions and completing their lessons and assignments. Our teachers will continue to keep in regular contact with students to provide support. For students who do not have computing devices or internet access, schools can loan these devices to students.

My child is studying in a Special Education (SPED) school. How will the school support the learning of my child during the Home-Based Learning (HBL)?

SPED schools will continue to provide instructions and support for students to access a range of both online and hardcopy HBL materials, so that learning continues uninterrupted.

For SPED students who do not have computing devices or internet access schools will assist them in securing them or arrange for students to return to school. For students who offer the National Curriculum, the Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) platform continues to be accessible to students during this period.

SPED teachers will provide students and their parents with HBL support, and maintain regular contact with them.

How can I help facilitate/support my child's learning at home?

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Work out a daily schedule/routine with your child - guide your child in setting goals and scheduling tasks, as part of developing the valuable life skills of time management and self-discipline which your child can acquire when doing Home-Based Learning (HBL). For further tips on guiding your child in setting goals, please refer to the Resilience Boosters here.
  • Have an agreement with your child on managing screen time. When it comes to using technology to support HBL, schools will assign a defined amount of time for online learning each day. You can work out an agreement with your child to take short breaks in between online learning, and manage their recreational screen time, e.g. time spent on video games and social media. They can replace recreational screen time with healthy offline activities, such as reading books or playing board games with family members. Encourage your child to take a break after every 30 min of screen time, and focus their eyes on something far away. For further tips and guides on reinforcing your child's cyber wellness, please click here.

You may refer to MOE Parent Kit for more tips on how you can support your child's learning from home.

How can I better support my child’s emotional well-being as he/she adjusts between Home-Based Learning (HBL) and returning to school for lessons?

Adjusting to a new school routine may be a stressful experience for your child. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Have regular check-ins and conversations to foster a stronger relationship with your child.
  • Encourage your child to maintain an optimistic and positive outlook while watching out for possible signs of stress.

You may also refer to MOE Parent Kit for tips on how to support your child emotionally.

Are other video conferencing tools allowed, other than Zoom and Google Meet? How can schools ensure that these are safe platforms?

Teachers currently use a range of video conferencing tools. While Zoom and Google Meet are two of the most commonly used platforms, teachers also use other platforms like Facebook Live and Cisco WebEx. There is no requirement for teachers to restrict themselves to Zoom and Google Meet.

Schools are provided with security protocols and guidelines for video conferencing the respective video conferencing tools (i.e., Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Cisco WebEx).

Students must also be responsible users of technology and play their part by observing appropriate behaviour when video conferencing (e.g. following their teachers' instructions, not sharing passwords with others).

COVID-19 vaccination
Why should my child be vaccinated? Is Singapore the first country to rollout vaccination for children aged 5 and above?

Children are as likely to be infected with COVID-19 as adults. While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children, some children can still become very sick and require hospitalisation. Children who get infected with COVID-19 can also develop serious complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a condition where different body parts including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs become inflamed.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can help protect children ages five and older from getting COVID-19, and protect them from getting very ill if they do get infected. It can also help to protect vulnerable family members who may be at increased risk of getting very sick if they are infected. Vaccination can also help keep community safe and allow students to participate in a wider range of activities in school.

Some countries such as the USA and Israel have already started vaccinating their children earlier in November 2021, with many more countries which have also done so or had announced plans to do so.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children aged 5 to 11? What are the possible side effects?

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Health, and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination (EC19V) have reviewed the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine based on the clinical trials for children aged 5 to 11.

On 10 December 2021, both the HSA and the EC19V authorised the vaccine for children in this age group, as the vaccine is safe and effective for children and that benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine outweigh the risks. This was further supported by the Ministry of Health at the Multi-Ministry Taskforce Press Conference on the same day.

The safety profile of the Pfizer vaccine in the younger population is consistent with the known safety profile in the population aged 12 and above. Common side effects in children who received the vaccine were generally mild to moderate. These resolve on their own within a few days, and include injection site pain, fatigue, headache, injection site redness and swelling, muscle aches and chills. Children in this age group had fewer systemic side effects compared to persons 16-25 years of age.

While there were no cases of anaphylaxis seen in the study of the vaccine, the risk of anaphylaxis or allergy can be expected to be comparable to that observed in adolescents and young adults. While the rare risk of myocarditis and/or pericarditis cannot be dismissed, similar to what has been reported in adolescents and young adults, no cases of myocarditis/pericarditis were observed in the vaccine trial among the children aged 5 to 11 years.

You can find out more from the HSA Website: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/announcements/press-release/pfizercomirnaty_children

What are the common side effects that my child may experience after the COVID-19 vaccination? Would my child experience different side effects from adults?

According to MOH, the side effects observed in children are similar to that in the adult population, and your child may experience more side effects after the second dose of vaccination. These side effects may be experienced when the body is responding to the vaccine, and they are usually mild to moderate which should resolve in a few days.

The table below lists some common side effects that have been reported with the vaccine, and how to manage them:

Side Effects How to Manage
Pain, redness, swelling at the injection site Fever medication as needed, according to child’s weight. Those with fever are advised to self-isolate at home until the fever subsides.



Fever, chills
Headache, muscle pain, joint pain
Tiredness Rest
Lymph node swelling at neck or arms Usually gets better by itself in a week or so

Bring your child to see a doctor if:

  • The side effects persist for more than 48 hours or get worse; and
  • Respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or loss of sense of taste and smells develops.

In rare cases, this vaccine can cause a severe allergic reaction. Signs of a severe allergic reaction include difficulties in breathing, swelling of face, throat, eyes or lips, fast heartbeat, dizziness and weakness, a bad rash all over the body. If your child experiences a severe allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately. Please call 995 or seek emergency treatment immediately.

When will the vaccination commence for students? Can my child choose to take the vaccination later on?

Vaccination will be progressively offered to over 300,000 children aged 5 to 11, starting with the older children from 27 December 2021. The programme will be open to all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and long-term pass holders.

To facilitate access for children in Special Education (SPED) schools and ECDA-funded Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) centre, MOH will deploy mobile vaccination teams to the schools for all eligible SPED and EIPIC students from 12 January 2022. The SPED schools and EIPIC centres will share the registration instructions and guidelines with students and their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians of SPED and EIPIC centre students across the age groups may consider the option of registering their child/ward to be vaccinated at designated paediatric vaccination centres if parents/guardians assess their child/ward to be able to cope within the settings of a vaccination centre.

We encourage all medically eligible children to take up the vaccine when offered to them. The risk of community spread remains and comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 vaccination can help protect everyone against the virus.

Where can children aged 5 to 11 get vaccinated? Are there plans to expand more of such paediatric vaccination centres islandwide?

To facilitate the vaccination of younger children, 15 designated paediatric vaccination centres will be progressively set up island-wide. The list of vaccination centres could be found on vaccine.gov.sg.

We have assessed that overall, these 15 paediatric VCs would provide sufficient capacity to meet the expected demand in an efficient manner, but we will closely monitor the demand and booking patterns and will be prepared to make adjustments along the way.

What should parents/guardians bring or take note of when bringing their child/ward for vaccination?

Parents/guardians should bring their child/ward's student ID, or if not available, other forms of identification (e.g. Passport, Birth Certificate) during the vaccination appointment for verification purposes.

In addition, for parents/guardians who have registered through the National Appointment System (NAS) at child.vaccine.gov.sg are also required to sign the consent form and bring along the hardcopy or softcopy to the vaccination centre for verification. The consent form can be found on the NAS.

Children aged 12 and below will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For children who are accompanied by adults other than child's parent/guardian, they will need to produce a parental authorisation form which can be downloaded when booking the vaccination appointment.

Prior to vaccination, parents should ensure that their child is hydrated, has eaten and avoids strenuous exercise. Children are encouraged to wear short-sleeved or loose clothes for their vaccination appointment.

Will there be any special arrangements for students in SPED schools who wish to receive the vaccination?

We want to assure parents of SPED school students who are aged 5-11 that we will be putting in place the same special arrangements that had been done for the older SPED school students (aged 12 and above) during the earlier MOE vaccination exercise. Parents/guardians of students in SPED schools are strongly encouraged to register their child for the vaccination via the Mobile Vaccination Teams (MVT) that will be scheduled to visit SPED schools. The MVT teams comprise staff from the Health Promotion Board who are familiar with students in MOE SPED schools and able to support them for the vaccination. The respective SPED schools will share the registration instructions and guidelines with parents/guardians of these students.

When can I expect to get the SMS invitation? Who will get the invitation? What if I did not get it?

From 22 December 2021 (Wednesday), parents/guardians of Primary 4 to 6 students (in 2022) in MOE primary schools and Madrasahs can expect to progressively receive an SMS invitation with a unique link to book a vaccination appointment.

From 5 January 2022, parents/guardians of Primary 1 to 3 students (in 2022) in MOE primary schools and Madrasahs can expect to progressively receive an SMS invitation with a unique link to book a vaccination appointment.

Parents/guardians of children in MOE primary schools and Madrasahs who did not receive the SMS invite with the unique link, or who have experienced technical difficulties with the unique link, should proceed to register your child/ward on the National Appointment System (NAS) at child.vaccine.gov.sg for those born in 2010 to 2012, and from 6 Jan 2022 for those who are 5 and above.

Parents/guardians can register their interest for their child/ward on the NAS at child.vaccine.gov.sg and should expect to receive their SMS invitation within 3 to 5 working days.

If you do not receive your invitation after 5 working days, please resubmit your registration on the NAS.

For children attending Special Education (SPED) schools and Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) centres, SPED schools and EIPIC Centres will share the registration instructions and guidelines with their parents/guardians separately.

My child has an appointment for his/her second dose after 10 Jan. Can I bring his/her siblings along for vaccination under the "sibling walk-in" arrangement?

You can bring along your younger child for his/her vaccination during the appointment slot of your older child, so long as the older child's appointment date is on Mondays to Thursdays. No prior appointment for the younger child is required. To ensure a smooth and pleasant experience for all, parents planning to vaccinate children under this "sibling walk-in" arrangement should arrive at the VCs by 7 pm, with all children. (Do note that for the vaccination centre at Yusof Ishak Secondary School, it would be only Tuesdays to Thursdays with the arrival time to be before 5pm as the last appointment is at 5pm.)

If you have booked separate appointments for both children, you are strongly encouraged to keep only one desired slot and cancel the remaining bookings on NAS.

I currently have an appointment for a child at 7.30pm after 10 Jan. and would like to bring another of my child under the "sibling walk-in" arrangement. What should I do?

To ensure a smooth and pleasant experience for all, parents with an appointment slot from Mondays to Thursdays and are planning to vaccinate children under this "sibling walk-in" arrangement should arrive at the VCs by 7 pm, with all children. This would help to minimise any last-minute surge just before the closing of the VCs. Therefore, you should update the appointment slot of the child to an earlier timing.

Will my child's vaccination affect his/her school attendance?

If your child has a scheduled vaccination appointment during school day (NAS appointment), do present evidence of his/her vaccination appointment to your child's school.

As COVID-19 vaccination is an important strategy in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, schools will make arrangements to help students going for vaccination to catch up with the work they might have missed.

Will school activities be affected for students who receive the vaccination? Can students schedule their vaccination during school/MK hours?

To minimise disruption to school activities, we encourage parents to schedule their child's vaccination as soon as possible and to sign up for slots during weekends, if they are able to. MOE has also informed our schools to accommodate parents who have booked appointments on school days, as this COVID-19 vaccination is an important national effort in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will there be allowed time off from their MK/schools to take their vaccines? How would this work and be facilitated by MKs/schools?

Students who are getting vaccinated during school hours, as well as those feeling unwell from the side effects of the vaccine, would be given time off and deemed to be on medical leave. To facilitate this, parents/students should provide details of their vaccination appointment.

Will Safe Management Measures (SMMs) in preschools/MKs/schools change after the vaccination exercise is completed?

The COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic disease for the vast majority of those vaccinated, but it is still possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected as no vaccines are 100 per cent effective.

To continue to keep our preschools, MKs and schools safe, we expect that we would need to retain some SMMs in our schools even after the vaccination exercise is completed, but there would certainly be greater scope for us to calibrate some of these SMMs to allow a wider range of school/student activities, taking into account the prevailing national posture.

Will my child be subject to Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) in preschools/MK/schools if he/she is not vaccinated?

There are currently no specific plans for introducing additional Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management measures (VDS) targeted at young children. We are aware that there has been public interest specifically on the current VDS exemptions granted to unvaccinated children who are 12 and below in various social and community settings. As mentioned by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF), there are currently no plans to remove these VDS exemptions for children who are 12 and below, as the focus is to ensure that children are well protected by vaccination. We strongly encourage parents of children aged 5 to 11 to take up the COVID-19 vaccination if their children are medically eligible.

Will parents/guardians be allowed to accompany their child to the vaccination centres?

For the 5 to 11 years old vaccination exercise, parental/legal guardian presence is required. To avoid congestion and ensure compliance with Safe Management Measures at vaccination centres, only one parent/guardian is allowed to accompany their under-13 child into the vaccination centre.

Parents will be asked to sign a form for a child to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Is this an indemnity form?

The consent form is to obtain the informed consent of the parent/guardian for the child/ward to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, after having reviewed and considered the risks and benefits of the vaccination as outlines in the accompanying vaccination information sheet.

This practice of obtaining informed consent is consistent with what is done for other medical procedures, including childhood vaccinations, such as Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Diphtheria, and Tetanus.

My child will be turning 12 in a few weeks' time. Would you recommend that I wait till he/she turns 12 and receive the dosage meant for 12 and above, or should I sign up now and opt for the paediatric vaccine which has one-third of the dosage?

We encourage parents to get their medically eligible children vaccinated as soon as possible. Your child should receive the age-appropriate vaccine dose.

Will my child still receive the reduced dosage if he/she turns 12 on the day of the first appointment?

Children who turn 12 on the day of their first appointment will receive the dose for ages 12 and above. Those who received the paediatric dosage on their first appointment will continue to receive the same dosage on their second appointment, even if they have turned 12 between the first and second vaccine doses.

Is my child eligible for the vaccination if he or she has allergies, medical conditions or is taking certain prescription drugs?

According to MOH, if your child has a history of allergy (including anaphylaxis) to medications, food, insect bite or unknown triggers, they can still be safely vaccinated. However, if they have a known allergy to one of the mRNA vaccine's components, they should not receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for now.

Most individuals with common conditions (e.g. asthma, eczema, obesity) can be vaccinated. People with weakened immune systems, either from illness or medication, may still receive the vaccine because it is not a live vaccine, i.e. a vaccine that uses a weakened form of a germ to prompt an immune response. However, people with severely weakened immune system (e.g. recent transplant in the past 3 months) should not receive the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines.

If your child recently received other vaccinations, he/she should wait two weeks before seeking the COVID-19 vaccine.

If your child has a medical condition that is not stable or is getting worse, he/she should postpone seeking the COVID-19 vaccination until his/her medical condition is better controlled. If your child has cancer and is on active chemotherapy, you should consult your child's cancer specialist to discuss if or when your child can be vaccinated.

Parents are always encouraged to speak with their child's doctor/paediatrician if they have any questions or concerns.

Do recovered children need to get vaccinated? If so, when?

Persons who have not completed their vaccination before recovering from a COVID-19 infection, including children, are recommended to receive a single dose of an mRNA vaccine at least 3 months after the date of their diagnosis. There is evidence that a single dose of mRNA would further boost your immunity against COVID-19.

No additional booster dose is recommended at this time.

Can students engage in strenuous activities after their vaccination?

Given the emerging data on the small risk of myocarditis and pericarditis* observed after vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, the Expert Committee on COVID-19 vaccination recommends that all vaccinated persons, in particular adolescents and younger men, should avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks after their first and second vaccination doses.

In line with the Expert Committee’s recommendation, students should also avoid strenuous physical activity for two weeks after their first and second doses.

Examples (non-exhaustive) of strenuous physical activity to avoid are:

  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Competitive sports
  • Ball/racket games

During this time, students should seek medical attention promptly if they develop chest pain, shortness of breath or abnormal heartbeats.

Students should inform their PE, relevant CCA and other teachers about the date of their vaccination so that they will be exempted from physical activities for two weeks.

While most persons with vaccine-related myocarditis observed locally and internationally have mild symptoms and make an uneventful recovery, it is possible that the condition may be aggravated by factors or strenuous activities that may affect the heart.

*Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory conditions affecting the heart muscles and the outer lining of the heart respectively. Patients often present with symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath or abnormal heartbeats.

Will children aged 5-11 be covered under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme for Covid-19 Vaccination (VIFAP)? If not, will MOE/ECDA offer financial assistance for children who do suffer from severe adverse events after taking the vaccine?

All Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and long-term pass holders, including children aged 5 to 11, who have been recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccination under the National Vaccination Programme, and who experience a serious side effect assessed by a doctor to be related to the COVID-19 vaccination received in Singapore will be covered under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme for COVID-19 Vaccination (VIFAP).

What if my child does not take the vaccination?

While vaccination is not mandatory, we encourage all medically eligible individuals aged 5 years and above to take up vaccination when this is made available to them. Being vaccinated can significantly reduce the chances of COVID-19 infection for your child and prevent severe illness, if infected. Furthermore, vaccination will also protect your family and the wider community.

Can my child choose to take the vaccination later on?

Students who are not able to get vaccinated during the vaccination exercise may do so later, and if they are medically eligible to do so at that point in time.

While vaccination is not mandatory, we encourage all medically eligible individuals to take it up when offered to them. The risk of community spread remains and comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 vaccination can help protect individuals as well as the wider community against the virus.

Are the authorities looking into the possibility of rolling out other vaccines, such as Sinovac or Moderna, for children in this age group too?

At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine is authorised for use in ages below 18 years. We will continue to closely monitor the availability of other non-mRNA vaccines that are approved for use in children.

Is there a hotline parents can call for requests or queries on the rescheduling of vaccination appointments?

For requests or queries on the rescheduling of vaccination appointments, parents can call Ministry of Health at 1800 333 9999.

TraceTogether-only SafeEntry
Will I be denied entry to IHLs/PEIs if I do not have the TraceTogether (TT) App, or misplace or forget to bring my TT Token?

All students, staff and visitors are expected to use the TT App or Token to check in. Individuals will only be granted entry with IDs as a last resort.

What if my child lost or misplaced his/her TT Token?

Those who have lost or misplaced their Tokens can get replacements at any of the Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) listed on the TokenGoWhere website. The first replacement for lost Tokens will be free.

What should I do if my child missed the deadline to collect the TraceTogether (TT) Tokens from schools?

Students may still collect their Tokens at any of the Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) listed on the TokenGoWhere website if they missed the deadline to request for it via their respective schools. Parents may also collect the Token on their child’s behalf.

How does the TraceTogether (TT) App and/or Token collect and store my child's data?

For more information on the collection and storage of TraceTogether data, please refer to the TokenGoWhere website.

How are schools implementing TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE)? When would this implementation take place? Aren't schools already safe with all the safe management measures?

[Updated to reflect MOE's Press Release on 4 May 2021]

Schools are generally safe with all the existing safe management measures in place. With the nationwide implementation of TT-only SE from 17 May 2021, students should have their TT Token or App with them in school to facilitate accurate contact tracing.

Students will not be denied entry to school should they misplace or forget to bring the Token to school. However, if they are involved in external activities at venues that require TT-only SE, they must have their TT Token/App with them to ensure they are able to participate in these activities.

For students who had missed the deadline to request for a Token via their respective schools, they may still collect it at any of the Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) listed on the TokenGoWhere website. Parents may also collect the Token on their child’s behalf.

Should my child bring the TraceTogether (TT) Token to school? Can my child use the TT App instead of using the Token?

While the TT App serves the same function as the TT Token and students can use the TT App, they may not have access to their handphones all the time during classes or outdoor activities. As such, students are encouraged to bring the TT Token to school for ease of contact tracing.

For students who had missed the deadline to request for a Token via their respective schools, they may still collect their Tokens at any of Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) listed on the TokenGoWhere website. Parents may also collect the Token on their child's behalf.

Will my child be denied entry to schools if he/she does not have the TraceTogether (TT) App, or misplaces or forgets to bring his/her TT Token?

Students will not be denied entry to schools in such a situation. However, they are expected to have their TT App/Token with them daily to facilitate contact tracing.

Can my child with special educational needs (SEN) be excused from wearing or carrying the TraceTogether (TT) Token?

Parents of students with SEN are encouraged to obtain and use the TT Token for their child for school activities that may require it and for their private use.

Parents of students who do not routinely carry a TT Token should take note that some out-of-school activities (e.g. external CCAs, Learning Journeys) could involve entry to public/commercial buildings which require the TraceTogether App or Token when TraceTogether-only SafeEntry is implemented from 17 May 2021. For such activities, parents may wish to work out an arrangement with their child's school to facilitate the use of the child's TT Token for these activities.

For students who had missed the deadline to request for a Token via their respective schools, they may still collect their Token at any of the Community Centres/Clubs listed on the TokenGoWhere website. Parents may also collect the Token on their child's behalf.

How are IHLs implementing the TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE)? When would this implementation take place? Aren't IHLs already safe with all the safe management measures?

[Updated to reflect MOE's Press Release on 4 May 2021]

IHLs have implemented all the necessary safe management measures, including the use of TraceTogether (TT).

As part of the nationwide implementation, IHLs are also required to implement TT-only SE from 17 May 2021. This will give us greater assurance as we progressively resume more activities and to ease certain restrictions, both in and out of campuses.

Students and staff who are not onboard the TT Programme may wish to download the TT App on their smartphones, or collect a TT Token at any of the Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) listed on the TokenGoWhere website.

Will Private Education Institutions (PEIs) be required to implement TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE)?

PEIs are required to implement TT-only SE from 17 May 2021.

Students and staff who are not onboard the TT Programme may wish to download the TT App on their smartphones, or collect a TT Token at any of the Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) listed on the TokenGoWhere website.

What happens if the TraceTogether (TT) Token is damaged or misplaced? Will there be any charges incurred for replacements?

To avoid damaging the Token, the Token should not be placed in water, near fire sources or dropped from height. Individuals should also not attempt to tamper with the device, as doing so is a violation of the Computer Misuse Act.

To avoid losing the Token, you may personalise it with a lanyard, accessory, add a name sticker label or write your name on the Token. However, please do not write over, cover or remove the QR code on the Token.

Damaged or faulty TT Tokens can be replaced for free at any Community Centre/Club (CCs), or at the Token replacement booths set up in selected malls. Those who have misplaced their Tokens can get replacements at the active collection venues listed on the TokenGoWhere website. The first replacement of lost Tokens will be free.

For more assistance, you may call the hotline (6973 6511) or write to support@tracetogether.gov.sg.

What if the TraceTogether (TT) Token runs out of battery?

The TT Token's battery is expected to last six months and is non-rechargeable.

TT Token users can check if their Token is working by looking out for a green light that blinks about once every minute. If the Token is blinking red, or if there is no light at all, users should replace their Token at any Community Club/Centre (CC), or at Token replacement booths set up at selected malls. More information can be found on the TokenGoWhere website.

For more assistance, please call the service hotline (6973 6511) or email support@tracetogether.gov.sg.

Can TraceTogether (TT) be used to track the movements of a person within and outside the schools/IHLs?

Similar to the TT App, the TT Token does not capture geo-location data and hence, cannot track movements. As the TT token does not have internet or cellular connectivity, the data on the Token cannot be accessed remotely.

Designed to interoperate with the TT App, the Token works by exchanging short-distance Bluetooth signals with other TraceTogether devices in close proximity. Records of proximity data of close contacts are encrypted and stored locally in the Token for no more than 25 days. The Token will only be collected by the relevant authorities (such as MOH) for data extraction to safeguard public health, and only if a user is confirmed to be a COVID-19 case. Our schools and IHLs will not have access to the data.

All public sector data protection rules will apply to the data held by MOH, including abiding by recommendations of the Public Sector Data Security Review Committee.

Mitigating measures for LEAPS 2.0 for 2021
What adjustments have been made to ensure that students are not unduly penalised in terms of their co-curricular records and LEAPS 2.0 attainment?

MOE has implemented a set of measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the co-curricular records of primary school and pre-university students, as well as the LEAPS 2.0 attainment for secondary school students.

For the LEAPS 2.0 framework, which recognises the holistic development of secondary students, adjustments have been made to the four domains – Achievement, Leadership, Participation and Service – so that students will continue to be recognised for their involvement in co-curricular activities (CCA).

Under the Achievement domain, MOE has implemented a special provision to recognise all students for Representation and Accomplishment as long as they have been selected to represent their school this year for any competition, performance or event (e.g. National School Games, Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation etc.). This is regardless of the completion status and outcome of their involvement in these activities.

Under the Leadership domain, schools will continue to recognise school, class and CCA-based leadership appointments, taking into account how the various leadership responsibilities might have been rescoped to continue to allow meaningful learning to take place. For example, for Uniformed Groups, badgework and promotion requirements will be adjusted to allow students to pursue their rank promotions and badges through online learning modules.

Under the Participation domain, students' CCA attendance will be pro-rated based on the total number of CCA sessions that have been conducted by the school. Students who were absent with valid reasons due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 will not be penalised.

Under the Service domain, schools will continue to recognise students for their involvement in Values in Action (VIA) activities and projects, time spent on planning, discussing and refining as well as reflection components of their VIA project.

Expanded surveillance testing for COVID-19 - updated
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 as soon as possible at their nearest Swab-and-Send-Home (SASH) Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC), which can be found on https://flu.gowhere.gov.sg. The doctor will then assess the need for a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to be administered.

Students aged 16 and below should be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the test. This facilitates consent-taking and communication to both the student and parent/guardian on the precautions to take note of while awaiting the test results at home. However, for students from SPED schools, they should be accompanied by a parent/guardian, regardless of age.

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.

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.

Students aged 13 to 16 should be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the test. This facilitates consent-taking and communication to both the student and parent/guardian on the precautions to take note of while awaiting the test results at home.

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).

What happens if my child's ART swab test result is positive?

If your child is well and has conducted an ART swab test and the result tests positive, the student should follow MOH's Protocol 2 and self-isolate for 72 hours. Thereafter, they should conduct another ART self-test. The student can end self-isolation and return to school when a negative ART result is obtained.

If your child is unwell and has conducted an ART swab test with a positive result, please bring your child to the nearest Swab-and-Send-Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) offering paediatric swab tests for children under the age of 13 for medical attention.

For your child's visit to the SASH PHPC clinic, they should bring along (1) a photo of the positive ART test result with the child's identification document (ID) (e.g. NRIC/passport) captured within the same image and (2) the child's physical identification document (ID).

For children aged 6 years and below, parents/guardians may use the child's Birth Certificate or Health Booklet as their identification document (ID).

Parents/guardians may visit https://flu.gowhere.gov.sg to locate a SASH PHPC clinic that offers government-funded PCR swab tests for children under the age of 13. Please call ahead to confirm that the clinic can offer the relevant test during your visit (e.g. paediatric swab tests for children under the age of 13).

Will there be assistance provided to teach parents/guardians on how to conduct an ART swab test?

MOE Kindergartens, primary schools and SPED schools (primary/junior sections) will be engaging parents/guardians in a one-time familiarisation exercise to help them learn how their children can conduct an ART swab at home. Specific arrangements will be shared by schools in due course.

This is to ensure that parents/guardians and children are familiar with the use of ART kits, as these will be used more regularly in the coming months to facilitate the safe return of students to school.

Precautionary measures in schools - updated
How will MOE centre-based lessons be conducted? [UPDATED]

All centre-based lessons# for graduating and non-graduating cohorts will be conducted in-person.

MOE will continue to monitor the situation closely and review the arrangements, where necessary.

#: MOE Centres include MOE Language Centres, Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre, Tamil Language Centres, Higher Chinese Language Centres, Higher Malay Language Centres, Chinese Language 'B' Syllabus Centres, Malay (Special Programme) Zonal Centres, Chinese (Special Programme) Zonal Centres, O-Level Music Centres, Music Elective Programme (MEP) Centres, Art Elective Programme (AEP) Centre

What measures will school-based Student Care Centres (SCC) and Kindergarten Care (KCare) put in place to reduce intermingling of students?

Schools will work with the SCC operators to put in place safe management measures to reduce the intermingling of students from different levels. Students will be in fixed groups based on their class and level and allocated designated rooms, preferably on different levels, to minimise contact. There will be no intermingling between groups and no group work. The same SCC staff will also be deployed to look after each group of students.

The same principle to avoid inter-mingling will apply to KCare. Where possible, we will:

  • Keep children and staff of the K1 and K2 levels segregated;
  • Keep children segregated by class;
  • Ensure children of K1 and K2 levels do not mix by staggering snack times;
  • Have fixed deployment of KCare staff to each class/level.
With the new variant of COVID-19 surfacing in Singapore, how will schools ensure the safety of my child? [UPDATED]

Our schools continue to be safe with the current set of safe management measures that have been implemented.

MOE continues to monitor the situation closely and we are guided by MOH guidelines.

On the part of parents, please continue to monitor your child’s health, and seek medical attention immediately, if unwell. Please ensure that he/she observes good personal hygiene, practises safe distancing and wears his/her mask when leaving home.

Does my child need to wear a mask/face shield when attending an MOE Kindergarten (MK)?

To protect young children and to reduce the risk of transmission, MOH continues to strongly encourage young children to wear a mask or face shield, especially if they are in a group setting or when interacting with others.

In line with these MOH guidelines, all preschool children should continue to wear masks/face shields in the MOE Kindergartens and KCare. MKs will continue to exercise some flexibility for children who have difficulties wearing a mask/face shield, for example, children with special needs and younger children.

Parents should continue to provide masks/face shields for their children to wear in the MKs and KCare.

What are the safe management measures put in place in schools? [UPDATED]

Safe management measures in schools (including SPED schools) will continue to include the following:

Screening

  • Once-daily temperature-taking and visual screening for all students and staff. A second temperature-taking would only be required for primary school students attending Student Care Centres (SCC).
  • Students and staff who are unwell with flu-like symptoms, are required to stay away from school. They should seek medical attention immediately and be tested for COVID-19 if required.
  • Students should have their TraceTogether token or app with them throughout the school day to facilitate accurate contact tracing, should the need arise. However, students will not be denied entry to school if they forget to bring their TT token. Do note that TT Tokens or Apps will be required for student participation in out-of-school activities where SE check-ins are carried out via TT-only SE.

Hygiene

  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and disinfection of the premises to be done daily.
  • Students will continue to practise frequent hand-washing throughout the school day and wipe down of tables and shared equipment after use.

Mask wearing

  • All students and staff will be required to wear masks at all times. Students and staff should wear masks with good filtration capability such as surgical masks or reusable masks of equivalent effectiveness that are made of at least two layers of fabric.
  • Young children are to wear masks, unless they are unable to due to pertinent special needs or medical conditions.
  • Schools will adhere to guidelines on ventilation for regular air flow exchange and the use of air purifiers in air-conditioned venues.
  • For physical education classes, physical sports and dance CCA, all schools (including SPED schools) can conduct mask-off activities in groups of up to five, at spacious and well-ventilated venues such as School Field, Multi-Purpose Hall and Indoor Sports Hall.
  • For Secondary Schools, secondary/senior sections of SPED schools and JCs/MI:
    • Mask-off music and drama activities can be carried out, unvaccinated students may participate after obtaining a negative result on a self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) supervised by teachers.
    • Participants of the Team Sports Pilot will not be required to wear masks for the duration of the activity. All participants will need to be fully vaccinated and produce a valid negative ART result on-site prior to the activity.

Safe Distancing

  • All activities to be grouped by class, with the exception of banded classes for MTL, Subject-Based Banding. Primary and secondary schools, including SPED schools and JCs/MI will also be allowed to group activities by CCA.
  • For primary and secondary schools including SPED schools and JCs/MI, masked activities in groups of up to five persons will be allowed, subject to existing SMMs.
  • Maximum of 50 persons for all activities, including lectures in school.
  • Staggered arrival, dismissal and/or recess timings to reduce congestion and intermingling between students in school.
  • Fixed seating with 1m spacing during recess. If not possible, students could eat in classrooms or at appropriate venues with 1m spacing.
Can all Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and external activities continue? [UPDATED]

To enrich the learning experiences and better support the long-term holistic development and well-being of our students, MOE will gradually resume more school activities, including CCAs, in our schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).

All schools may resume in-person CCA in school, in sub-groups of up to 5 persons, with Safe Management Measures (SMMs). Activities where risks can be contained and moderated by SMM guidelines can resume.

For secondary schools, secondary/senior sections of Special Education (SPED) schools, Junior Colleges (JCs)/Millennia Institute (MI) and IHLs

CCAs held at external venues and learning journeys can proceed so long as there is controlled use of venue and with an overall activity cap of 50 persons. Teachers and students are subject to external venue’s SMMs and Vaccination Differentiated SMMs (VDS) requirements.

Where mask-off music and drama activities can be carried out, unvaccinated students may participate after obtaining a negative result on a self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) supervised by teachers.

We are also piloting the resumption of team sports formats to allow a group of up to 10 fully vaccinated persons (including players, umpires, linesmen, etc.) to play together, similar to the community team sports formats pilot run by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). All participants will need to be fully vaccinated and produce a valid negative ART result on-site prior to the activity.

All other activities with more than 50 persons, e.g. Outdoor Adventure Learning (OAL) cohort camps remain suspended.

External activities involving inter-mingling between schools and with members of public (e.g. SP-CCA and community-based VIA) remain suspended.

For primary schools including SPED schools with primary/junior sections

Schools have the option to resume in-person CCA without re-configuring according to classes or levels if the cap of 50 is not exceeded.

External activities such as external CCAs and learning journeys will remain suspended.

All other activities involving more than 50 persons, e.g. Outdoor Adventure Learning (OAL) cohort camps, non-curricular inter-school activities, and events involving the public remain suspended.

MOE will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates if there are further changes to the arrangements for school activities.

Is it compulsory for my child to attend the CCAs?

Students are expected to attend CCA sessions that have been scheduled whether these are in-person or online. Consistent with usual school practice, students who are unable to attend CCA due to valid reasons can be excused.

How can MOE confirm that there will not be a cluster in schools with confirmed case(s)?

MOE will closely monitor the students and staff who were in contact with the confirmed case(s). The affected schools will also be cleaned and disinfected as required in line with NEA's guidelines.

These measures have proven to be effective in limiting the transmission of virus in our schools. Students and staff who are unwell know that they should not be going to school. Our teachers also carefully monitor themselves and their students, and any staff or student showing symptoms will be immediately isolated and sent to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Our schools and teachers will continue to implement the necessary safe management and precautionary measures, to reduce risks as much as possible.

What happens if there is a confirmed case in my child's class? [UPDATED]

For MOE Kindergarte

As MOE Kindergarten children do not possess a TraceTogether App/Token, MOE Kindergartens will continue to actively identify close contacts of COVID-19 cases in school for the issuance of a Health Risk Warning (HRW) by MOH.

For Primary Schools/ Secondary Schools/Junior Colleges/Millennia Institute

MOH will do contact tracing through the TraceTogether App/Token and will issue your child a Health Risk Warning directly if he/she is a close contact. Schools will conduct deep cleaning of the facilities and will inform you if the class has to be on 1 day of HBL to do so.

For SPED schools with primary/junior sections

In view of their higher needs, manual Contact Tracing will be done when there is a confirmed case in SPED schools with primary/junior sections.

There will be a small number of students with SEN who are neither able to wear a mask nor a face shield. Will exceptions be made for such students whether in SPED or Mainstream Schools?

Most students with SEN can and therefore should wear a mask or face shield. Some may have sensory challenges which cause distress when wearing a mask or face shield. Hence we will exercise flexibility in enforcement. Parents should obtain a letter from a qualified medical/allied health professional if their child with SEN is unable to wear either a mask or face shield.

For specific groups of students with SEN, such as those with hearing loss and who lip-read, there will be some allowance for them, as well as their teachers and peers, to adopt the most appropriate safe management measures while allowing teaching and learning to continue. For example, during lessons and communication, these students, their teachers and their peers may need to wear face shields to facilitate lip-reading.

Why not reduce class sizes for better safe distancing? How about having morning and afternoon sessions?

We had considered reducing class sizes and having morning and afternoon sessions to allow for better safe distancing. However, this is disruptive. Students will have different teachers and less time with the subject teachers since we would have to reduce periods to fit two sessions.

In addition, these measures may not be critical to manage risks in the school context at this juncture, as we have many other safe management measures in place. These include having students stick strictly to their classes, minimising contact between students in class, and emphasising good hygiene and proper mask-wearing in common areas. We will also maintain safe distancing through queue markers and alternate seating in canteens, plus stagger arrival and dismissal times to ease congestion.

Why are we not disinfecting shoes and clothing of students?

MOH has shared that there is currently no evidence that spraying disinfectant on a fully clothed individual would 'disinfect' the individual. In addition, as the virus is carried within the airways of the infected person, spraying disinfectant onto the skin cannot eradicate it. The disinfectant may also cause skin irritation or other complications such as eczema.

How does MOE ensure safe management in school buses? [UPDATED]

School bus operators will be encouraged to implement fixed alternate seating as far as possible. If not possible, fixed seating arrangements will still be put in place. Just like on public transport, students will wear masks, remain in their seats and refrain from talking. Operators will continue to maintain a high standard of cleanliness of the buses.

Schools will also continue to work with their school bus operators to ensure they check with students if they feel unwell, or have flu-like symptoms. Students who report so should not board the bus but stay at home.

Will there be testing of SPED school personnel?

Students in our SPED schools, just like their peers in mainstream schools, generally do not need physical assistance. But there are some SPED students who are physically frail and would need help from the staff. For example, students with multiple disabilities may need staff to help move them from a wheelchair to another piece of equipment. We will be looking into testing staff who work closely with the more vulnerable students.

Do I need to inform my child's school if my workplace has a confirmed case?

There is no need to inform the school if your workplace has a confirmed case unless it is you or someone in your immediate household who is a confirmed case. Please follow MOH's Protocol 1 and ensure that your household members' names are submitted to MOH for the issuance of the Health Risk Warning Order.

Please continue to adopt good personal hygiene practices, and seek medical assistance immediately if you or your child are unwell.

What school facilities will be open for public use under the Dual-Use Scheme (DUS)?

In line with the progressive resumption of activities in Singapore, SportSG and MOE will reopen selected DUS Chargeable Fields (CFs) and Indoor Sport Halls (ISHs) for public use from 21 August 2021 onwards. Bookings can be made in advance through the ActiveSG app from 17 August 2021.

All other DUS free-to-play (FTP) facilities will remain closed to the public till further notice.

For more information on the DUS facilities that will be open for public use, as well as the booking details, please refer to https://myactivesg.com.

MOE and SportSG will continue to review the DUS arrangements as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Do MOE's precautionary measures apply to school vendors?

The precautionary measures schools have implemented to safeguard the well-being of students and staff also apply to school vendors. Temperature taking is conducted daily for vendors, including canteen vendors, cleaners, security guards, KCare and Student Care Centre staff. Individuals who have a temperature of 38oC or higher, or who exhibit flu-like symptoms, will be asked to seek medical assistance immediately. Vendors who operate outside schools, such as school bus vendors and coaches, have also been advised to adopt good personal hygiene practices and seek immediate medical attention should they feel unwell. Vendors are required to inform the school should they or any of their staff go on medical leave/QO/LOA/SHN.

How are schools implementing the TraceTogether-only SafeEntry system (TT-only SE)? When would this implementation take place? Aren't schools already safe with all the safe management measures?
Should my child bring the TraceTogether (TT) Token to school? Can my child use the TT App instead of using the Token?
Will my child be denied entry to schools if he/she does not have the TraceTogether (TT) App, or misplaces or forgets to bring his/her TT Token?
Can my child with special educational needs (SEN) be excused from wearing or carrying the TraceTogether (TT) Token?

Health Risk Warning (HRW) and Stay-Home Notice (SHN) - updated
What are the updates to precautionary measures for MOE Kindergartens (MK), schools and institutes of higher learning, and when do these updates take effect? [UPDATED]

In line with the Ministry of Health's (MOH) updates to the national COVID-19 testing and isolation protocols, MOE will be updating the precautionary measures currently implemented in MKs, primary and secondary schools, Special Education (SPED) schools, junior colleges (JCs)/ Millennia Institute (MI), as well as Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).

From 11 October 2021, MOH will issue 7-day Health Risk Warning (HRW) to students in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, in line with Protocol 3 of the 1-2-3 protocols#. Such students can return to school during the 7 days if they continue to be well and have a negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result before they leave for school daily.

MOE will no longer issue Leave of Absence (LOA) and Approved Absence (AA) for MOE Kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools (including SPED schools), JCs / MI. IHLs will similarly take alignment with MOH's revised protocols. This is in line with the national approach to living with COVID-19.

The table below provides an overview of the updated categories of precautionary measures in schools and IHLs, in effect from 11 October 2021:

Category Arrangements
Confirmed Case Not allowed to attend school / campus until the end of Isolation Order.
Stay-Home Notice (SHN) Not allowed to return to school / campus until the end of SHN.
Health Risk Warning (HRW) Follow national Protocol 3 and allowed to return to school / campus after the first negative ART self-test, and negative ART results daily for the next 7 days, prior to leaving home.

#For more information on the 1-2-3 protocols, please refer to Annex C in MOH's press release on 9 October.

What is a Health Risk Warning (HRW)?

Previously, contacts of COVID-19 cases were differentiated into various risk levels and there were several measures imposed, such as Quarantine Order (QO), Health Risk Alert (HRA), and Health Risk Warning (HRW). There will now be a single approach – a HRW that lasts seven days from the day of its issuance, that is based on ART self-testing. It will comprise following national Protocol 3:

  • Upon being notified of the HRW (Day 1), the person should immediately self-isolate, and test himself with an ART on the day of the HRW issuance and upload the Day 1 ART result based on the instruction in the HRW notification.
  • The person on HRW can continue with normal activities for the day if the test is negative.
  • For subsequent days, i.e. Day 2 to 7, the person on HRW should test ART negative on same day before going out.
  • If the person on HRW tests positive on any of these ART tests, he should follow national Protocol 2#.
  • On Day 7, he must test himself with an ART, and if the test is negative, there is no further need for tests after that.

#For more information on the 1-2-3 protocols, please refer to Annex C in MOH's press release on 9 October.

What should my child do if an ART positive test result is obtained when he/she is well?

Students who are well and who have been administered the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and obtained a positive test result, should self-isolate at home for 72 hours before repeating the ART. Students may resume daily activities, including coming to school, if the second ART is negative. If the second ART is also positive, students should continue to self-isolate and repeat the ART daily until it is negative.

Students and their household members should seek medical attention immediately if they are unwell with flu-like symptoms. As part of being socially responsible, students who are unwell should not return to school and should practise good personal hygiene both in school and at home.

What is Stay Home Notice (SHN)?

The SHN is a precautionary measure for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore with travel history within the last 14 days to all countries.

For more information on the prevailing measures with effect from 6 October 2021, 2359 hours, please refer to MOH’s website.

How are schools supporting students on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) with their studies?

Schools will plan and implement a HBL programme that best suits the lessons and the students.

For example, schools may inform their students about specific pieces of homework or readings from their textbooks. Schools may also ask students to go through online materials in the Singapore Student Learning Space or the Learning Management Systems. Teachers will also be able to monitor the students' learning progress through these systems and submission of assignments.

What if students or staff do not inform the school about adult household members who are unwell or are on Health Risk Warning (HRW) / Stay-Home Notice (SHN)? What should the student or staff do when the household member is confirmed to be a COVID-19 case?

In living with COVID-19, the emphasis is on social responsibility. Students and staff with household members who are unwell, HRW or SHN do not need to alert the school. They are free to continue to go to school. To keep everyone safe, the unwell household member should see a doctor, maintain good hygiene and self-isolate until the PCR result is obtained. The household member on SHN should maintain strict isolation, while the person on HRW should maintain strict hygiene practices.

If at any point the student or staff have a household member who is confirmed to be a COVID-19 case, they should expect to be issued with a HRW, and they should exercise social responsibility by following the testing and isolation protocol for HRW pending the issuance of the HRW. They should also keep the school informed.

What will happen if a school student /staff does not comply with the Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?

It is important that all persons issued with SHN comply strictly with its requirements, in order to limit the risk from potential imported cases and to safeguard our community.

Students found to have breached their SHN will be subject to disciplinary actions from their schools and institutions.

In addition to school sanctions, they may also be prosecuted under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act. Permanent Residents (PRs), Dependent Pass (DP) or Student Pass (STP) holders may also have Re-Entry Permits, DP or STP revoked or shortened.

Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) - updated
What are the different Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) being applied on IHL campuses? [NEW]

IHL Staff

All IHL staff are required to adhere to the Workforce Vaccination Measures announced by MOM to return to IHL campuses.

With the exception of students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications in IHLs, all students and visitors are to adhere to prevailing VDS requirements before they can take part in higher risk activities on campus, such as dining in IHL canteens, indoor mask-off activities, and larger scale student events.

From 1 February 2022, all students and visitors, except students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications in the IHLs will need to either be fully vaccinated, medically ineligible for vaccination, or recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, to enter IHL campuses.

Students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or Undergraduate Degree qualifications in IHLs

From 1 February 2022, unvaccinated students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications in the IHLs must undertake a regular weekly self-administered ART and test negative, before they are allowed to take part in higher risk activities on campus, such as dining in IHL canteens, indoor mask-off activities, and larger scale student events. This is to ensure the safe resumption of these higher risk activities on campus.

Unvaccinated students who do not take part in the student testing requirement may still enter campus and attend lessons, but will not be able to participate in these higher risk activities on campus.

Why are we imposing Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) for entry to IHL campuses from 1 February 2022? [NEW]

The VDS requirement for entry to IHL campuses from 1 February 2022 is in line with MOH's overall expansion of VDS to more settings, and is intended to better safeguard our campus population, and facilitate the safe resumption of more student activities.

Which students are exempted from the Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) requirement to enter IHL campuses? [NEW]

Full-time students pursuing Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications in the IHLs are likely to be working towards their first work ready qualification. To minimise disruptions to their studies, these students will be exempted from the VDS requirement to enter IHL campuses.

To safeguard our campus population, and as part of national vaccination efforts, all other students such as those on part-time programmes, and visitors to the IHLs will need to be fully vaccinated to enter IHL campuses from 1 February 2022 onwards.

Which students will be required to participate in the regular weekly self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) regime from 1 February 2022? [NEW]

From 1 February 2022, all unvaccinated students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications in the IHLs will need to participate in a regular weekly self-administered ART regime to participate in higher risk activities on campus which require Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS), such as indoor unmasked activities, dining in IHL canteens, or large-scale student activities.

Will IHL students still be able to participate in internships/work attachments? [UPDATED]

Students should adhere to all prevailing Safe Management Measures at the organisations they are attached to as part of their internships/work attachments.

All students are required to adhere to the prevailing Workforce Vaccination Measures during their internships/ work attachments at external organisations.

With the new variant of COVID-19 surfacing in Singapore, how will IHLs ensure the safety of their students? [UPDATED]

IHLs are committed to ensuring that their campuses remain safe for students and staff. IHLs have put in place a suite of safe management measures, guided by MOH guidelines. In addition, the IHLs are aligned with MOH’s revised isolation and testing protocols, to ensure that students/staff who may potentially be infected stay away from campus.

From 1 February 2022, all visitors and non-exempted students in the IHLs will be required to adhere to Vaccination Differentiated SMMs (VDS) in order to enter IHL campuses.

Students and staff should continue to monitor their health, and seek medical attention immediately, if unwell. They should observe good personal hygiene, and adhere to SMMs, including practising safe distancing and wearing their masks when leaving home.

Can CCAs and activities/programmes continue in IHLs in 2022? [UPDATED]

CCAs and large-scale student activities in the IHLs may resume in line with prevailing national guidelines on event sizes, group sizes, and Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS).

Unvaccinated students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications in IHLs will need to undertake a regular weekly self-administered ART regime, in order to participate in higher-risk activities such as indoor mask-off activities, or larger scale student events.

We will also pilot the resumption of team sports formats to allow a group of up to 10 fully vaccinated persons (including players, umpires, linesmen, etc.) to play together, similar to the community team sports formats pilot run by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). Only students who are currently enrolled in the IHLs can participate in team sports under this pilot. All participants will need to be fully vaccinated and produce a valid negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result on-site prior to the activity.

How will IHLs safeguard the well-being of staff and students on campus? [UPDATED]

Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) continue to strictly enforce safe management measures to ensure safe management on campus. The measures include the following:

Screening

  • All students, staff, vendors and visitors are required to check in and out using TraceTogether-only SafeEntry when entering or leaving the campus.
  • • All staff and vendors must adhere to the Workforce Vaccination Measures when returning to IHLs to work.
  • • From 1 February 2022, all students and visitors, except students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications in the IHLs, must be fully vaccinated, medically ineligible for vaccination, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days, in order to enter IHL campuses.
  • Students and staff who are unwell with flu-like symptoms are required to stay away from campus. They should seek medical attention immediately and be tested for COVID-19. Unwell individuals should remain at home until they test negative for COVID-19.

Hygiene

  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces and disinfection of the premises.

Mask Wearing and Group Sizes

  • All students and staff are required to wear masks at all times. Students and staff should wear masks with good filtration capability such as surgical masks or reusable masks of equivalent effectiveness that are made of at least two layers of fabric.
  • Mask-on activities such as small-group consultation, group/project work as well as in-person CCAs in sub-groups of up to five persons are allowed, subject to existing SMMs.
  • Outdoor mask-off activities of up to five persons are allowed, regardless of vaccination status.
  • In line with national guidelines, indoor mask-off activities are allowed in groups of up to five persons, as long as all individuals in the group are vaccinated, or are unvaccinated students pursuing full-time Nitec/Higher Nitec, Diploma or undergraduate degree qualifications with a valid negative weekly self-administered ART result.
  • Participants of the Team Sports Pilot are not be required to wear masks for the duration of the activity. All participants will need to be fully vaccinated and produce a valid negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result on-site prior to the activity.
  • The use of face shields instead of masks is allowed for the following groups or in the following settings:
    • Persons who have health conditions that may result in breathing or medical difficulties when a mask is worn for a prolonged period of time; and
    • Persons who are speaking to a group in a classroom or lecture-style setting, where they largely remain at the spot where they are speaking, and are able to maintain a safe distance from other persons. This would include teachers and lecturers in schools and IHLs respectively, when they are in their classrooms and lecture halls.

Safe Distancing

  • All in-person lessons are conducted with SMMs in place. These SMMs include:
    • Safe distancing of at least 1m between individuals on campus.
    • In-person classes continue to be capped at no more than 50 persons.
    • Lecture size are capped at 250 persons if all individuals are fully vaccinated. Otherwise, lecture size are capped at 50 persons.
    • Mask-on group activities in sub-groups of up to five persons are allowed, subject to existing SMMs.
    • Fixed seating are implemented in teaching venues, where practicable.
    • Start and end timings for lessons are staggered where possible to avoid inter-mingling.
How about international students who are currently in their home countries?

International students who are currently in their home countries will continue with full home-based learning. IHLs will remain in close contact with them, and continue to offer them the necessary academic support, to mitigate impact on their learning.

Can official overseas placements (e.g. internship or exchange programmes) resume for the IHLs? [UPDATED]

The IHLs are gradually resuming overseas exchange programmes, in line with MOH’s travel advisory. MOE will continue to monitor the global situation and work closely with the IHLs to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.

How are IHLs implementing the TraceTogether (TT)-only SafeEntry system? When would this implementation take place? Aren't IHLs already safe with all the safe management measures?
Will Private Education Institutions (PEIs) be required to implement TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE)?
Private Education Institutions (PEI)
What requirements are PEIs subject to during this period?

PEIs are required to abide by all national SMMs, including guidelines for higher-risk classes and activities on campus such as arts and culture classes, performances and sports and physical exercise activities.

PEIs are strongly encouraged to take reference from the plans and safe management measures for ECDA-registered preschools, MOE schools and IHLs, if they wish to adopt measures that are tighter than national SMMs.

PEIs with clarifications should approach SkillsFuture Singapore at CPE_Registration@ssg.gov.sg.

Private tuition, enrichment and training

Please refer to MOE's Advisory on Safe Management Measures for Private Tuition and Enrichment [last updated on 31 Dec 2021]

For more information on the Fast and Easy Testing (FET) regime in the Private Tuition and Enrichment Sector, please visit https://go.gov.sg/tuition-enrichment-fet.

What are the safe management measures that should be implemented for tuition and enrichment centres that are allowed to continue on-site instruction?

MOE strongly encourages that all tuition and enrichment classes be conducted online.

With the implementation of the Workforce Vaccination Measures (WVM), from 1 January 2022, up to 50% of those who can work from home are allowed to return to the office. Centres that continue on-site instruction or have employees who return to the workplace are required to abide by the nationwide safe management measures for workplaces to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19. These include the use of SafeEntry to support contact tracing for all employees, wearing of masks at all times, no social gatherings at the workplace and regular cleaning of common facilities and high-touch areas. Employers should continue to implement flexible working hours and stagger the start times of employees who need to return to the workplace. Employees who are unable to work from home are strongly encouraged to self-test weekly via an Antigen Rapid Test (ART), to keep the workplace safe. More information on prevailing workplace safe management measures can be found on the MOM website (https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19).

Under the WVM, from 1 January 2022, only employees who are fully vaccinated, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days, can return to the workplace. More information can be found on the MOM website (https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-on-covid-19-vaccination-in-employment-settings).

As part of Singapore's national efforts to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19, enterprises in the Private Tuition and Enrichment Sector are required to comply with the Fast and Easy Testing (FET) 7-day regime for onsite employees. The latest details are on: https://go.gov.sg/tuition-enrichment-fet.

As a default, the following SMMs apply to all centres conducting on-site instruction (whether indoors or outdoors and regardless of activity), except where there are additional SMMs that apply for higher-risk activities such as sports or physical activity, dance, singing, the playing of instruments that require the intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind/brass instruments), voice training, and speech and drama classes (please refer here for details on additional SMMs for high movement activities or activities which carry a higher risk of virus transmission through droplet spread, and here for classes that involve mask-off activities).

  1. Safe distancing. Safe distancing measures for centres which are allowed to continue on-premise instruction are:
    1. Students: Centres must ensure safe distancing between students by putting up appropriate floor demarcations and/or physical barriers, e.g. using safety tape. There must also be strict separation between students in different classrooms at all times, with no intermingling.
      • As a default, centres must ensure that all students maintain safe distancing of at least 1m at all times, with strictly no physical interaction between students.
      • If it is not possible to apply 1m safe distancing between students and some interaction is unavoidable, centres may instead organise students into groups of no more than 5 students, with strictly no physical interaction or intermingling between different groups. Centres must strictly maintain a minimum of 1m spacing between groups, although MOE advises 2m spacing between groups as a best practice.
    2. Tutors/instructors: Tutors/instructors are advised to minimise contact with students, If some interaction is unavoidable, contact with students should be transient, and they should remain at the front of the class as much as is practicable.
    3. Capacity: No single room within a centre should hold more than 50 persons, including tutors/instructors, even as the above measures are adopted.
    4. Centres are also reminded that per MOM's guidelines for workplaces, should there be staff deployed on site, centres must ensure that there is be no cross-deployment across worksites. No staff should work at more than one worksite to reduce the risk of infection caused by inter-mingling. More information on prevailing workplace SMMs can be found on the MOM website (https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/requirements-for-safe-management-measures).
  2. Health declarations. Students and staff who are on Health Risk Warning (HRW) are encouraged to minimise unnecessary social interactions. In the event that they need to enter the centre, they may only be allowed to enter the centre if they produce photo-evidence of a negative ART taken on that day. We also advise centres to watch out for staff and students with fever or respiratory symptoms, such as sneezing, breathlessness, runny nose, loss of sense of smell, cough, or sore throat. Staff and students with the above symptoms or who are unwell should be advised to leave the centre and see a doctor immediately, and should not be allowed to attend lessons.
  3. Disinfection of surfaces. All surfaces in classrooms must be thoroughly disinfected between classes. Sharing of all equipment (e.g. props, microphones) should be avoided as far as possible. If this cannot be done, the equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected before being handled or used by others. However, please note that sharing of wind/brass instruments or parts thereof (e.g. mouthpieces, reeds) is not allowed.
  4. Masks must be worn as a default at all times, except for persons allowed to use face shields instead of masks (e.g. persons with health conditions resulting in breathing/medical difficulties when a mask is worn for a prolonged period). Instructors are expected to wear a surgical mask or reusable masks of equivalent effectiveness at all times.
  5. Class timings. Centres must allocate at least 15 minutes between classes. This is to allow adequate time to disinfect classroom surfaces, and to ensure strict separation of individuals from different classes. Centres should also work out attendance and dismissal arrangements that help avoid congestion of individuals in or outside the centre.
  6. Ventilation. All premises should abide by the latest guidance on improving ventilation and indoor air quality in buildings amid the COVID-19 situation, available on the NEA website.

Centres should also abide by other sector-specific Safe Management Measures available on the GoBusiness website, and to prevailing circulars issued by the Government.

Some tuition and enrichment classes involve high movement activities (e.g. sports, dance), or activities which carry a higher risk of virus transmission through droplet spread (e.g. singing, wind/brass instruments). What additional safe management measures should be implemented?

Additional safe management measures (SMMs) may apply for these classes, subject to different class size and group size limits, depending on the activity, setting, and vaccination status of students. These additional SMMs do not apply if students only remove their masks very briefly, for example, to taste food in a cooking class, and mask up immediately thereafter.

For all sport or physical activity classes, as well as outdoor dance classes, please refer to the advisory issued by Sport Singapore.

For indoor dance classes, singing, the playing of instruments that require the intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind/brass instruments), voice training, and speech and drama classes, please refer to the advisory issued by the National Arts Council.

For more details on the implementation of FET, please refer to the notification issued by National Arts Council, and the notification issued by ActiveSG.

What are the additional safe management measures for classes that involve mask-off activities?

All activities involving mask-off activities are subject to additional safe management measures (on top of the prevailing safe management measures that all classes are required to comply with). These additional SMMs do not apply if students only remove their masks very briefly, for example, to taste food in a cooking class, and mask up immediately thereafter.

  • For outdoor classes, the class size must be limited to a maximum of 50 persons (including the instructor), with group sizes of no more than 5 persons.
    • There must be at least 1m safe distance between individuals who are masked. For individuals who are unmasked, they must maintain a 2m safe distance with the next individual.
    • There must be a minimum of 2m spacing between each group. The groups should not intermingle before, during, and after the class.
  • For indoor classes, class size must be limited to a maximum of 30 persons (including the instructor), with:
    • Group sizes of no more than 5 persons, provided that all individuals in the class are vaccinated (further details on participation in activities subject to vaccination-differentiated SMMs can be found here).
    • There must be at least 1m safe distance between individuals who are masked. For individuals who are unmasked, they must maintain a 2m safe distance with the next individual.
    • There must be a minimum of 2m spacing between each group. The groups should not intermingle before, during, and after the class.
What are the safe management measures that should be implemented for in person lessons operating out of private residences?

MOE strongly encourages that all tuition and enrichment classes be conducted online. Home-based tuition/enrichment that conduct in-person lessons will be subject to the prevailing national group size limit and number of unique household visitors allowed per day. Individuals who visit private residences to provide tuition and enrichment are also recommended to ensure that they are within the prevailing national limit for number of social household visits allowed, and are strongly advised to only visit other residences if they are fully vaccinated, so as to protect those who are unvaccinated from exposure to the virus. The prevailing national limits can be found at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19-phase-advisory.

In addition, home ventilation should be improved by opening doors and windows. Fans can be used to promote air circulation when needed.

Can tuition and enrichment centres that are allowed to conduct face-to-face classes switch to online learning?

Yes, tuition and enrichment centres providing face-to-face classes can consider switching to online lessons. Centres should review the safe management measures that they are able to put in place and can make their own business decisions regarding the conduct of online learning, taking into consideration the efficacy of instruction and the needs and expectations of students/parents.

Can employees of private tuition and enrichment centres continue to work at the workplace, even if centres have switched to online learning?

With the implementation of the Workforce Vaccination Measures (WVM), from 1 January 2022, up to 50% of those who can work from home are allowed to return to the office. Only employees who are fully vaccinated, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days, can return to the workplace. More information can be found on the MOM website (https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-on-covid-19-vaccination-in-employment-settings).

Tuition and enrichment centres are required to abide by the nationwide safe management measures for workplaces. Tele-conferencing should be used in place of in-person meetings as far as possible.

Are private schools, including tuition and enrichment centres, allowed to hold year-end concerts or performances on their premises?

All indoor live performances by tuition and enrichment centres should continue to be deferred/postponed until further notice, to reduce the risk of transmission.

Are all tutors/instructors/staff at private tuition or enrichment centres required to undergo Fast and Easy Testing (FET)?

As part of Singapore's national efforts to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19, enterprises in the Private Tuition and Enrichment Sector are required to comply with the FET 7-day regime. The latest details are on: https://go.gov.sg/tuition-enrichment-fet.

Can private tuition/enrichment classes and training sessions be held in external venues (e.g. function rooms)?

Private tuition/enrichment classes, and training sessions by the Institutes of Higher Learning and SSG-funded training providers, can be conducted at external venues, if those venues are open. Such external venues may include condominium function rooms, private conference and meeting rooms, etc.

Conduct of in-person lessons is subject to premise capacity caps and safe management measures. Private providers should approach premise owners for advice on the capacity caps for their respective venues. No single room should hold more than 50 persons, including tutors/instructors/trainers, subject to further capacity limits for masked sports/dance/speech/voice training/drama classes, or the premise capacity cap, whichever is lower.

There should be a wipe-down regimen after each use at such external venues. Private providers must also adhere to the safe management guidelines for private tuition/enrichment and CET courses, which are outlined in the FAQs within this section.

What are the safe management measures that should be implemented for Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses for adults?

MOE strongly encourages that these classes be conducted online.

For classes that are conducted in person, they are subject to safe management requirements and additional safe management measures specified in here and here as applicable.

Specifically for SSG-funded CET programmes, SSG’s prevailing guideline for a maximum class size of 40 persons (excluding the trainer(s)) for course quality reasons remains and takes precedence.

Will the TraceTogether-only SafeEntry system and the SafeEntry Gateway Device (SEGW) be implemented for tuition, enrichment centres and SSG-funded training providers?

On 4 May 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced that TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SafeEntry) will be implemented at all venues that experience higher throughput of visitors, and/or where people are likely to be in close proximity for prolonged periods from 17 May 2021. The TT programme and SafeEntry are important digital tools that enable contact tracers to quickly identify and isolate close contacts of COVID-19 cases. This helps to break transmission chains and prevent community outbreaks. TT tokens may be collected at designated collection points (please refer to https://token.gowhere.gov.sg for more information).

Tuition, enrichment centres and SSG-funded training providers must therefore ensure that TT-only SafeEntry is implemented in your premises, and that entry to your centres will be allowed only if the individual uses their TT App to scan the centre’s QR code or presents the QR code on the TT token to be scanned. This includes staff, students aged 7 years and above, parents and other visitors.

It is mandatory for all tuition, enrichment centres and SSG-funded training providers to deploy SafeEntry Gateway (SEGW) to facilitate SafeEntry (SE) check-in for students aged 7 years and above, parents, staff and visitors, and help users check that their TT token is working. Tuition, enrichment centres and SSG-funded training providers are reminded to download the SafeEntry (Business) app to use the SEGW function or register for a SEGW box on the SE website (go.gov.sg/gateway-overview). Centres should maintain attendance records for children below 7 to facilitate contact tracing if required.

At the point of entry into the centres, if any student forgets to bring their TT token, they should be asked to download the TT app on their phones before they are allowed entry. However, if the student is unable to do so (e.g. phone is out of battery), the student’s personal details should be noted down as a last resort, before the individual is granted entry. The centre should retain all such records for at least a month to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.

Business may refer to the SafeEntry User Guide for requirements on how to scan the TT tokens, available at https://www.safeentry.gov.sg (please navigate to Resources > User Guide > SafeEntry NRIC User Guide for Business). Updates may also be found at https://www.smartnation.gov.sg/media-hub/press-releases.

Will private tutors providing in-person classes operating out of private residences be required to implement the TraceTogether-only SafeEntry system?

As with tuition and enrichment centres (see this FAQ), private tutors providing in-person classes operating out of private residences will need to implement TT-only SafeEntry.

Can private tuition/enrichment classes and training sessions provide food and drinks to students?

In line with the prevailing safe management measures, food and drinks should not be provided. Students should keep their masks on at all times, and not consume any food and drinks during classes, as far as possible.

If necessary, for example, during full day workshops or courses, students may bring their own packed food, and consume the food and drinks, subject to additional safe management measures specified in here and here as applicable.

Can private tuition/enrichment classes and training sessions involving transient mask-off activities such as food tasting be allowed to continue?

Students are strongly encouraged to keep their masks on throughout class as much as possible. If necessary as part of the lesson, transient mask-off activities such as food tasting are allowed, subject to additional safe management measures specified here.

Therapy and assessment services for special educational needs
I am a private provider / Allied Health Professional offering services for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) or disabilities. May I provide services and what are the safe management measures that I need to adhere to?

For Early Intervention (EI) services provided to pre-school children (aged 0 - 6), please refer to ECDA's guidelines on EI services.

In addition to aligning with MOH guidelines on healthcare services, group therapy for all non-public Healthcare Institutions AHS, including psychology services, is capped at a maximum of 5 clients per session (count excludes AHPs and support staff).