Last Updated: 21 September 2021

FAQs: COVID-19 related matters

Updated on 21 Sep 2021, 7pm

Additional Precautionary Measures for Primary Schools in the Lead Up to PSLE - UPDATED
What are the additional precautionary measures for primary and Special Education (SPED) schools offering the National Curriculum in the lead up to PSLE? Why are they being implemented? [NEW]

In view of the recent rise in COVID-19 community cases, MOE will be implementing additional precautionary measures in primary and SPED schools offering the National Curriculum in the lead up to the start of written papers for PSLE.

For Primary 6

Similar to the arrangements for the 2020 year-end national examinations, Primary 6 students will go on a study break prior to the PSLE from 25 to 29 September 2021. This is to minimise the risk of school-based transmissions and reduce the number of students placed on Quarantine Order (QO) or Leave of Absence (LOA) prior to the examination.

For Primary 1 to 5

To better ensure that the PSLE written exams are conducted with minimum disruption, and also as an added precautionary measure for our younger students, we will also implement a Home-Based Learning (HBL) period for all Primary 1 to 5 students this year, from 27 September 2021 till the end of the PSLE (6 October 2021). MOE will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and implement additional measures to keep our school environment safe, where necessary.

Will primary and SPED schools offering the National Curriculum remain open during PSLE study break/HBL? [NEW]

Primary and SPED schools offering the National Curriculum will remain open for students who require additional support and those whose parents are unable to secure alternative care arrangements during the period of HBL.

MOE Kindergartens, KCare Services and Student Care Centres (SCC) will also remain open.

Prior to my child's return to school from study break/HBL, when should they conduct their ART swab test? [NEW]

To ensure the safe return of students to school from their study break/period of Home-Based Learning (HBL), primary school students are strongly encouraged to do an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) swab test at home on the following dates prior to their return to school:

Primary 6: 27 or 28 September 2021
Primary 1- 5: 4 or 5 October 2021

This will allow for sufficient time for students to take a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab test if necessary (i.e. if tested positive for ART swab or when obtaining two consecutive invalid ART results).

Why is MOE not implementing a period of HBL for the other levels in secondary schools, JC/CI and other SPED schools since the number of community cases are rising? [NEW]

As many of our students and staff in secondary schools, JC/CIs and SPED schools with senior/secondary sections are fully vaccinated, they are less vulnerable than the primary school students. Significantly fewer students will need to be quarantined. Therefore at this point, the assessment is that there is no need to implement HBL for the older students.

Why are SPED schools with primary/junior sections offering the customised SPED curriculum not implementing a period of HBL since the students still remain largely unvaccinated? [NEW]

Many of the students in SPED schools benefit from onsite teaching and learning.

SPED schools with primary/junior sections offering the customised SPED curriculum will continue to adhere to strict processes to safeguard the well-being of their students.

Nevertheless, MOE will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and implement additional measures to keep our school environment safe, where necessary.

Is the 3-day PSLE study break new? Why do we need to implement a Home-Based Learning period for Primary 1 to 5 students this year? [UPDATED]

Similar to the arrangements for the 2020 year-end national examinations, Primary 6 students will go on a study break prior to the PSLE.

A Home-Based Learning (HBL) period will be implemented for all Primary 1 to 5 students this year for the following reasons:

This is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 cases in schools just before the PSLE, and the number of Primary 6 students that need to be given QO which will mean they miss sitting for the exams. With rising community cases, a period of HBL for the primary school students will also reduce the number who need to be quarantined with a caregiver, which would be disruptive to families.

National Examinations
Why did MOE and SEAB decide to remove CLT from GCE level examinations? What are the CLT to be removed?

With evolving COVID-19 situation including more infectious variants of the virus, we have seen more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and staff, which led to some schools moving to Home-Based Learning (HBL) to safeguard the safety and well-being of the school community. As HBL may happen occasionally if there is a public health need to do so, students' learning may be disrupted and well-being impacted, especially for the graduating cohorts. After careful consideration of these factors, we will remove the CLT from the Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A)-, N(T)-, O- and A-level examinations.

The updated examination syllabuses of subjects with CLT removed and dates of the national examinations are available on SEAB's website at www.seab.gov.sg

Will my child's performance at the oral examinations be affected due to mask-wearing? Can my child wear a face shield instead?

In view of the evolving COVID-19 situation, all candidates and oral examiners will be required to wear surgical masks throughout the oral examinations to ensure their safety and well-being.

As facial expressions will not be taken into consideration for the assessment, candidates will not be disadvantaged by the wearing of surgical masks during oral examinations. Oral examiners will take the special circumstance of mask-wearing into consideration when assessing the candidates.

In addition, the following processes will be in place to ensure that oral examiners and candidates can hear each other clearly, and that the wearing of surgical mask does not inhibit pronunciation and articulation.

  • Before the start of the examination, oral examiners will ask each candidate to state his/her name and school loudly, to ensure that they can hear each other clearly.
  • During the examination, candidates can request for the oral examiners to repeat their questions and/or speak louder. Oral examiners can also request candidates to speak louder if they are unable to hear them clearly. Similar to current practice, candidates will not be penalised for such requests. In addition, a placard would be placed in front of the candidate as a reminder that they can do so.
What are Common Last Topics (CLT)?

The CLT is a set of topics identified* by MOE from the relevant subject syllabuses that would be taught last by all schools for the graduating cohorts.

In the event of unforeseen circumstances impacting the completion of schools' teaching for the graduation cohorts, CLT can be removed from the scope covered in the national examinations. Any decision to remove CLT is considered carefully as it can affect students' progression to the next course of study and the design of the examinations, i.e. students having fewer or no optional questions to choose from.

*For skill-based subjects such as English Language and Mother Tongue Language, it will not be meaningful and practical to identify CLT. In such instances, SEAB will take the disruption to curriculum time into consideration during marking and grading to ensure that all students are fairly assessed.

What are the arrangements to ensure the well-being of candidates and staff during the national examinations? Are there any special arrangements for the oral and listening comprehension examinations?

To ensure the well-being of students and staff, safe management measures such as temperature taking, wearing of surgical masks and keeping a 1.2m distance between candidates and oral examiners, will be implemented in schools and examination venues during the conduct of the national examinations.

Candidates will not be allowed to sit for the oral and listening comprehension examinations if they:

  • have been tested positive for COVID-19,
  • are placed on Quarantine Order (QO) or Stay Home Notice,
  • are issued with Leave of Absence (LOA) due to close contact with confirmed case or as a result of staying in same household with individuals on QO,
  • are on medical leave due to Acute Respiratory Infection, or
  • are on Approved Absence, as a result of staying in same household with members (aged 6 and above) who have flu-like symptoms.
What are the precautionary measures that will be in place during the national examinations to safeguard the safety and well-being of candidates and examination personnel?

To safeguard the safety and well-being of students and school staff, MOE and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) will putting in place enhanced Safe Management Measures (SMMs) and an additional COVID-19 testing regime, to ensure the safe conduct of the national examinations.

The safe management measures include:

  • Temperature taking and visual screening of all candidates and examination personnel.
  • All candidates and examination personnel must wear their surgical masks at all times during the examinations. The use of face shields would not be allowed unless due to special needs or medical condition.
  • Using a well-ventilated venue such as hall or classrooms for the examinations.
  • Larger venues, such as school halls, will be zoned with a maximum of 50 candidates in each zone, and up to 250 candidates per venue. There will be a separation of at least 3m between zones. Within each zone, candidates will be seated at least 1.5m apart.
  • For examinations conducted in classrooms, candidates will be seated 1.5m apart from one another, with a maximum of 30 candidates in each classroom.
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as desks and laptop mouse before the next candidate uses them.
  • There will be designated toilets or staggered toilet breaks for groups of candidates where appropriate, to avoid congregation and intermingling between groups.
  • Staggered dismissal timings as well as segregated entry and exit routes to minimise intermingling of candidates and avoid congregation.

MOE and SEAB will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and provide updates if there are any changes to the examination arrangements.

Are there additional precautionary measures in place to protect the well-being of examination personnel who are invigilating candidates?

In addition to the existing SMMs in place for the national examinations, candidates under COVID-19 arrangements (such as those on LOA, MC or under AA and allowed to take the examinations) will take their examinations in a separate room from the other candidates. Enhanced SMMs such as a spacing of at least 3 metres between candidates and a cap of 10 candidates per examination room will also be applied to this group of candidates.

For year-end written examinations, candidates who are on SHN but given permission to sit for the national examinations due to compassionate reasons will take their examinations in a centralised venue managed by SEAB with the necessary SMMs in place.

Examination personnel who are assigned to invigilate these candidates will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment to safeguard their safety and well-being.

What happens if a candidate feels unwell during the written examination?

Candidates who feel unwell during the examination should inform invigilators immediately. They will be escorted out of the examination venue and placed in a separate room. They will not be allowed to continue with the examination and their examination scripts will be submitted to the invigilators. Schools will assess the condition of the candidate and may make arrangements for the candidate to see a doctor.

For such instances, candidates can apply for special consideration.

My child is on Leave of Absence (LOA), Approved Absence (AA) and/or on Medical Leave with Acute Respiratory Infection. Under what circumstances will my child be able to sit for the year-end national examinations?

Leave of Absence

Candidates who are on Leave of Absence (LOA) but not pending issuance of a QO will be allowed to sit for the examinations, provided that they take a supervised COVID-19 ART regularly and the test results are negative, i.e. tested Ag-. However, students who are on LOA and are pending issuance of QO by MOH due to close contact with a confirmed case will not be allowed to sit for the examinations.

For these candidates on LOA, their ART would be administered at the schools or examination venues on the day of their first paper after being placed on LOA. As regular testing is required for this group, these candidates will take the ART at specified intervals until their LOA is rescinded.

Candidates will be requested to report to schools one hour before their examination for their ART, which will take about 20-30 minutes. This will ensure sufficient time for the candidates to take the ART and to settle down for their papers.

Approved Absence (AA)

Candidates placed on Approved Absence (AA), as a result of staying in same household with members (aged 6 and above) who have flu-like symptoms and who have not yet received a PCR- swab, will be allowed to sit for the examinations with a one-time ART and are tested Ag-. They can do a self-swab with ART test kits at home and inform their schools on the outcome before their examination.

Candidates on AA due to being placed on MOH's mandatory testing or High-Risk Warning must take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and test negative, i.e. tested PCR-, at first presentation of the ARI or 1-2 days prior to their papers, before they can sit for their examinations.

Medical Leave

Candidates who are on medical leave due to acute respiratory infection (ARI) so long as they have recovered and tested PCR-. Candidates who are on MC due to fever will be allowed to sit for the examinations if they are no longer having a fever and tested Ag-.

Currently, individuals aged 13 years and above who are diagnosed with ARI at first presentation to a doctor should be tested for COVID-19 under the enhanced Swab-and-Send-Home (SASH) criteria. Children aged 12 years and below are also encouraged to get swabbed.

Not all SASH clinics would have the capability to perform PCR tests on children below the age of 13. Parents of these candidates are encouraged to visit https://flu.gowhere.gov.sg to locate the nearest SASH clinics and call to confirm that the clinic can offer paediatric swab tests.

The table below provides a summary of the arrangements for the 2021 year-end written examinations:

Category 2021 Examination Arrangements
Confirmed case of COVID-19 infection Not allowed to sit for examinations.
Quarantine Order (QO)
Stay Home Notice (SHN)
Leave of Absence (LOA) (Confirmed)
For candidates who had close contact with confirmed case(s) and are not pending issuance of QO.
Allowed if supervised ART is negative and to test at regular intervals.
LOA (QO)
For candidates who are staying in the same household as individuals serving QO.
LOA(SHN))
For candidates who are staying in the same household as individuals serving SHN at home.
Approved Absence (AA)
For candidates with household members (aged 6 and above) who have flu-like symptoms
Allowed if a one-time self-swab ART is negative.
AA
Due to MOH’s mandatory testing or Health Risk Warning
Allowed if entry PCR test is negative.
MC due to ARI Allowed if recovered and PCR test is negative.
MC due to Fever (non-ARI) Allowed if recovered and one-time self-swab ART is negative.
How is Antigen Rapid Test (ART) done for candidates in schools?

There will be trained staff at secondary schools, junior colleges and Millennia Institute to conduct the supervised ART self-swab for candidates. In view of their younger age, PSLE candidates would either need their parent/guardian to be present to help their child/ward conduct the ART, or they would require parental/guardian consent for them to do the ART themselves in school or the examination venue with guidance and support from staff.

My child is confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, is on Quarantine Order or on Stay-Home Notice. Will my child be able to sit for the year-end national examinations?

Similar with the 2020 national year-end written examinations, candidates who test positive for COVID-19, placed on Quarantine Order (QO) or Stay-Home Notice (SHN) will not be allowed to sit for the examinations. This is in line with the national measures where persons placed on these notices are not allowed to leave home or their quarantined facilities. They can apply for special consideration through their schools.

However, for candidates who have travelled out of Singapore for compassionate reasons, such as to attend a funeral of or visit a critically ill next-of-kin, and subsequently placed on SHN, SEAB will consider allowing them to sit for the examinations on a case-by-case basis.

Why are students on Leave of Absence (LOA), as a result of staying in the same household with individuals on Quarantine Order (QO), tested only once prior to the examinations? What if the student becomes positive after that and is asymptomatic?

Those on QO would have tested negative for COVID-19 and have to comply with strict quarantine measures from the rest of the household. Students on LOA as a result of staying in the same household with individuals on QO are therefore not at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The LOA is an additional precautionary measure taken by MOE.

Other than testing prior to the examination, students on LOA are also required to take their examinations at a separate venue, with stricter safe management measures implemented.

How will scores be derived if students cannot sit for the examinations?

Candidates who miss the examinations with valid reasons can apply for special consideration. Special consideration is a well-established procedure which awards affected candidates with projected grades through an evidence-based and data-driven approach. SEAB will consider multiple sources of evidence, such as the candidate’s performance in the other papers for that affected subject in national and school-based examinations as well as the school cohort's performance in national and school-based exams, to ensure a fair assessment. All special consideration applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and subjected to a rigorous review process.

Who can apply for Special Consideration? How can candidates apply for Special Consideration?

Candidates who miss the national examinations due to valid reasons can apply for special consideration.

School candidates can submit relevant documents (for example, medical certificates) to support their Special Consideration application to SEAB through their school, or directly to SEAB if they are private candidates. All Special Consideration applications are to be submitted within three days after the last day of the examination.

All special consideration applications, for both school and private candidates, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Back to School Arrangements
What are the arrangements for Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in Phase 3 (Heightened Alert)?

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

Students will continue to return for essential in-person sessions such as labs and practicals. Similarly, other classes or consultations that were previously conducted online can now resume on campus with no more than 50 persons per class. All large-scale classes and lectures will continue to be held online.

Student activities involving 50 persons or less will be allowed to resume. However, large scale events which involve more than 50 persons will continue to be postponed or suspended until further notice.

Why is the treatment for IHL students different from the staggered approaches for the general education levels?

The nature of the IHLs' curricula often involves more applied and practical components of learning. Therefore, the IHLs will manage their on-campus student presence by prioritising learning activities that require access to campus facilities, such as practical, lab and studio sessions, including capstone and final-year projects.

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?

COVID-19 is spread predominantly through droplets. The design of face shields typically leaves a gap between the face shield and the face which droplets can pass through, whereas masks that are worn closely and completely over the nose and mouth do not have such gaps. Hence, MOH had announced that from 2 June, masks will now be required as the default when we are outside our home.

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.

Resumption of Activities in Schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)
Given the number of students that have been infected with COVID-19, why is MOE resuming more activities such as CCAs in secondary schools, JCs, MI and IHLs?

The majority of student and school staff cases were infected by their household members or through social interactions outside of the school or IHL setting. Safe management measures (SMMs) in schools and IHLs have largely been effective in helping to ensure the safety of the school community.

Since the start of the vaccination exercise for students from 1 June 2021, most eligible students aged 12 and above in our primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges (JCs), Millennia Institute (MI), SPED schools and IHLs have received their first dose, and it is expected that about 90% of these students will have received both doses of the vaccine by early September.

In view of the progressive increase in the proportion of students who are fully vaccinated, we are gradually allowing more activities to resume in secondary schools, JCs, MI, SPED schools (for the senior/secondary sections) and IHLs, as these student activities are essential for learning, as well as the social and emotional development of our students.

Given that most primary school students are not age-eligible for vaccination and remain unvaccinated, Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) will continue to remain suspended for primary schools for the time being. SMMs and ringfencing measures will continue to be implemented in schools to keep students safe.

MOE will continue to monitor the situation closely and review our plans in tandem with the national posture.

Will vaccine differentiated measures be introduced in schools and IHLs?

For practical reasons, we have decided to retain our existing SMMs which are adequate for the current range of permitted activities in our schools, and not introduce vaccine differentiated measures.

For the IHLs, there is scope to introduce vaccine differentiated measures, such as for indoor mask-off activities and for F&B settings, similar to the national guidelines.

Home-Based Learning
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?

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. Some curricular components are better carried out in school such as practical work and physical education. School-based learning also offers a wider range of learning opportunities beyond the academics such as CCAs.

We had shifted all schools to Full HBL in May 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 vaccination rate was still low in the community.

Nevertheless, where necessary, MOE is prepared to have specific schools, or as a last resort, for all schools to move to Full HBL should the situation warrant, carefully balancing the considerations for risk management and the impact of the disruptions caused.

Will there be a refund of fares for school students who did not use school bus services due to Full HBL or if the student was on Home Quarantine Order etc?

Even though students will not be taking the school bus during this period, school bus operators continue to incur operating costs such as the drivers’ salaries and insurance. It is up to the operators to decide if they wish to provide a refund of fares for students during such extended durations.

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
How can I reschedule the vaccination appointment?

From 29 June 2021 onwards, students who have received their 1st dose, and with 2nd dose appointments scheduled 6 – 8 weeks later, can rebook and bring forward their 2nd dose appointments to 4 weeks from their 1st dose appointment.

Parents/guardians and students can reschedule their vaccination appointment using the same personalised booking link in the SMS they had earlier received. The 2nd dose appointment should be scheduled at the same vaccination centre where they received the 1st dose.

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 one week after their first and second vaccination doses.

In line with the Expert Committee’s recommendation, students should also avoid strenuous physical activity for one week 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 a week.

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.

Would parental consent be required for students below the age of 18? Should students bring along any documentary proof of parental consent to the vaccination site for verification?

Yes. Under the national vaccination programme, children/wards below the age of 18 will require the consent of their parents/guardians to book a vaccination appointment. Parents/guardians who book a vaccination appointment for their child/ward who are below the age of 18, should ensure that their child/ward brings along the documentary proof of consent to the vaccination site for verification. Parents can download and sign the MOH parental consent form at https://go.gov.sg/parcf.

Students should also bring along their Student ID, or if not available, other forms of identification (e.g. NRIC/Passport) during the vaccination appointment for verification purposes. Parents/guardians are also advised to be contactable during the expected appointment time of their child/ward at the vaccination centre, should there be a need for the vaccination centre staff to contact them to verify any information.

Parents/guardians of a child/ward aged 13 and above are not required to accompany their child/ward to the vaccination site on the day of vaccination. Children/wards aged 12 will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

For students from Special Education (SPED) schools, a parent/guardian should accompany the student for the vaccination.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective for children aged 12 and above?

The Health Sciences Authority has assessed that the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine meets safety and efficacy standards for children aged 12 and above. Based on clinical trials for children aged 12 to 15 years old, the vaccine demonstrated a high vaccine efficacy and a safety profile consistent with that in the adult population (those aged 16 and above).

You may refer to more information on MOH website here.

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.

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 other vaccines or 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.

What if my child does not take the vaccination?

While vaccination is not mandatory, we encourage all medically eligible individuals aged 12 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.

Are all children turning 12 this year are eligible for vaccination and can be part of the ongoing exercise?

No. Currently, only P6 students who have turned 12 on 6 Jul 2021 or earlier are eligible for vaccination and are part of the ongoing MOE vaccination exercise.

MOE will be block-booking COVID-19 vaccination slots for eligible P6 students* to receive the 1st dose between 6 – 9 July and the 2nd dose in August at an MOE Vaccination Centre. This will only be for students who have not yet booked appointments via the National Appointment System (NAS). Students with NAS bookings should honour their appointments and will not be eligible for the facilitated vaccination, as they have already taken up a booking slot at a vaccination centre.

*Students are encouraged to approach their school directly for further details. Please note that there are fixed time periods for the student-facilitated vaccination exercise, to avoid clashes with national or school examinations.

Which vaccination centres are offering the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccines?

Each vaccination centre will only stock and administer one type of vaccine. You may refer to the MOH website to check which COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at the vaccination centre.

As the vaccination capacity of each vaccination centre is not the same, the waiting time for vaccination will differ between vaccination centres. Do check for the availability of appointment slots in other centres if you are unable to secure your desired vaccination appointment dates at the nearest centre.

How do I ensure that I have selected the correct vaccination centre for my child/myself?

The National Appointment System will only show vaccination centres carrying the appropriate vaccine for individuals based on their age as declared on the system at point of booking. Based on particulars declared by registrants, the system will direct the individual to book at the vaccination centres carrying vaccines that they are eligible for based on their declared age profile.

SMSes sent to eligible students (if they are aged 18 years and above) or their parents/guardians (if their child is below 18 years old) will include a booking link for the vaccination appointment that is unique to the student.

Upon clicking on the booking link, students will be prompted to verify their identity by entering their NRIC/FIN number. As for parents/guardians who had made a booking on behalf of their child/ward, they are reminded to enter their child's/ward's details accurately when booking on their behalf.

Why are Autonomous University (AU) graduates not included in the current student vaccination exercise?

Currently, we are prioritising AU students who will be on campus in the new academic year to minimise risk of transmission on campus. Recent university graduates may register for vaccinations as part of the national vaccination exercise, when it is open to the general public for their age bands and if they are medically eligible to do so at that point in time.

Why are some AU final year students included in the current student vaccination exercise?

As AUs have different academic terms, some AUs are still in session with some final-year students on campus. To minimise the risk of transmission on campus, these students who have not graduated are included in the current student vaccination exercise.

Why are students from schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) being prioritised for vaccination, especially when children affected by COVID-19 usually recover with no complications? Why is there a need to take the vaccines?

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) are prioritising the vaccination of students as part of ongoing national efforts to keep our education institutions and the wider community safe.

Even though there are fewer children who have been ill with COVID-19 as compared to adults, the vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19, and help to reduce the severity of the disease even for those small number of cases where the vaccinated individual ended up being infected.

In addition, getting your child vaccinated helps to protect those around your child from being infected, including family members, especially more vulnerable persons like elderly relatives or persons with weakened immune systems.

Having the vaccine may also give parents and children peace of mind to return to more typical activities in school.

Is the vaccination exercise for students part of the national vaccination programme?

The vaccination exercise for students from schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) is part of the national vaccination programme, and will help contribute to efforts to keep our education institutions and the wider community safe.

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

To facilitate access for students in SPED schools who may find it challenging to visit a vaccination site in-person, MOE and MOH will also deploy mobile vaccination teams to carry out vaccinations for all SPED students aged 12 and above. The respective SPED schools will share the registration instructions and guidelines with parents and students.

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.

Can exceptions be made for students who have yet to turn 12 to receive their vaccinations before their birthdays?

As the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine has only been authorised for use in individuals aged 12 and above, students who have yet to turn 12 during the duration of the vaccination exercise will not be medically eligible to receive the vaccination. Parents can register their interest for their child to receive the vaccination once their child turns 12.

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

To minimise disruption to school activities, we encourage students to:

  • Schedule their vaccination early as soon as possible;
  • Consider the timing for both their first and second doses when scheduling their vaccinations; and
  • Sign up for slots during weekends, if they are able to.
Will parents/legal guardians be allowed to accompany their child to the vaccination centres?

Parents/legal guardians are to accompany their child to the vaccination centre if they are below 13 years old. While parents/legal guardians would not be required to accompany older children who are 13 and above to the vaccination centre, should they wish to do so, they will be ushered to a family waiting area outside the vaccination room/centre, to avoid congestion and ensure compliance to Safe Management Measures at the vaccination centres. For students whose vaccinations are being facilitated by the school through block booking, parents/legal guardians would not be required to accompany their child.

For students in SPED schools, a parent/legal guardian will be allowed to accompany their child/ward throughout the vaccination exercise. If there is a need for both parents to be present, please inform the school.

Will students be able to choose which vaccine they would like to receive?

Based on the Health Sciences Authority's (HSA) approval of the medical suitability of the vaccines, individuals below the age of 18 will only be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine, while individuals aged 18 and above will be offered a choice between the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines have been assessed by HSA to meet the safety and efficacy standards. We encourage students to make a vaccination appointment as early as possible upon receiving their SMS notification.

What is the interval between the first and second vaccination shots?

According to MOH, from 29 June 2021 onwards, the interval between doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty and Moderna vaccines will be shortened from 6 – 8 weeks to 4 weeks.

This will allow more of our population to be fully vaccinated earlier.

What should students or their parents do if they have yet to receive the SMS for the vaccination?

Students or their parents who have yet to receive the SMS for the vaccination should register at https://www.vaccine.gov.sg and wait for an SMS with a unique booking link from MOH. If students/parents/guardians do not receive the link within a week after the registration, please contact MOH at 1800 333 9999 for assistance.

What happens if students miss their vaccination appointment (i.e. on MC, personal reasons)? Will they be allowed to make another appointment?

Students who made their appointments via the National Appointment System (NAS) and missed their appointments will be able to reschedule via the NAS. If they face any difficulties, they should contact MOH at 1800 333 9999 for further assistance.

For students who have block-booked their vaccination appointments at ITE Vaccination Centres or SPED students scheduled for vaccination at their schools:

  • Students who miss their first vaccination appointment, may re-register at https://www.vaccine.gov.sg and schedule an appointment via NAS.
  • If students miss their second vaccination appointment, they should contact their respective institutions for further assistance.
What happens if students' vaccination appointment clashes with their upcoming oral national examinations?

MOE would like to assure parents and students that if students' upcoming oral national examination schedules clash with their appointment date for the first or second dose of their vaccination, changes to their oral examination dates within the oral examination window can be accommodated where possible, or else new appointment dates for the vaccination can also be scheduled.

Special Consideration may be applicable if rescheduling is not possible. Parents/students should provide evidence of the vaccination appointment to facilitate this.

Is there a hotline parents can call for their queries?

For requests or queries on the rescheduling of vaccination appointments, parents can call Ministry of Health at 1800 333 9999. For general questions, they can contact their schools directly.

How would schools ensure the continuity of school activities, including teaching and learning, with the ongoing vaccination exercise for staff?

Schools will plan and manage the vaccination exercise such that it will minimise disruption to school operations. Schools will encourage staff to:

  • Schedule their vaccination early and, where possible, during the March school holidays, but with some reasonable staggering;
  • Consider the timing for both first and second doses when scheduling for vaccinations, and avoid the period of critical school activities;
  • Sign up for slots during weekends, if they are able to.
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
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.

Staff and students (13 years and above), if diagnosed by the doctor to have Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and require COVID-19 testing, will be referred by the doctor to a polyclinic, designated GP clinic participating in the Swab-and-Send-Home (SASH) initiative or Regional Screening Centre set up by the Health Promotion Board to undergo a test. This also applies to personnel working in schools but who are not MOE-hires, such as SCC/KCare staff, coaches and instructors, canteen and bookshop operators. A list of GP clinics participating in the SASH initiative can be found at the following website: http://www.phpc.gov.sg.

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.

For students aged 12 and below, they will be assessed by the doctor on whether a test is required, as younger children may require different clinical considerations from older children. They may be issued a 5-day MC in the first instance, and be required to stay home. If they are well at the end of the MC period, they can return to school. If they are still displaying respiratory symptoms at the end of their MC period, they should return to the same doctor for follow-up assessment, and the doctor may refer them to KKH or NUH for COVID-19 testing.

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 is the MOE Antigen Rapid Test (ART) Kit Distribution Exercise? Who will be receiving these kits?

As Singapore transits to being a COVID-19 resilient nation, we recognise that the students in our MOE Kindergartens (MKs), primary schools and Special Education (SPED) schools (with primary/junior sections) are mostly not yet medically eligible for vaccination as they are below 12 years old, and can only rely on adherence to Safe Management Measures (SMMs) and testing to mitigate the risk of transmission.

As part of enhanced testing efforts to ensure the school environment remains safe, MOE will be distributing Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits from 13 September to all students and staff in MKs, primary schools and SPED schools (primary/junior sections).

Each student and staff will receive three ART kits, in addition to those that each household will receive as part of the nationwide distribution exercise.

The ART kits will allow students to do a quick test on their own (or with parents/guardians' supervision/assistance if necessary) when there is possible exposure or suspicion of possible infection. This includes students who:

  • are identified by their school as possible contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case but were not placed on Quarantine Order;
  • are on Approved Absence as they were feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms, but were not swabbed when visiting the doctor; or
  • have unwell household members with flu-like symptoms.
What happens if my child's ART swab test result is positive?

If your child has conducted an ART swab test and the result tests positive or invalid twice, please bring your child to take a confirmatory government-funded Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at the nearest Swab-and-Send-Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) offering pediatric swab tests for children under the age of 13.

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
How will MOE centre-based lessons be conducted?

All centre-based lessons# will be conducted in-person for all cohorts from 11 August. These include lessons for Non-Tamil Indian Language as part of In-School Parallel Programmes and Weekend Centres.

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?

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. Students should stay at home if their household members exhibit flu-like symptoms.

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?

Safe management measures in 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. Unwell individuals should remain at home until they are tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Students and staff who have household members on Quarantine Order/Stay Home Notice or have children or adult household members with flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough, are required to stay away from school.
  • 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.
  • From 11 August, mask-off outdoor activities such as sports and physical education classes for Secondary, JCs, MI and SPED schools (with senior/secondary sections) can resume for up to groups of five. Indoor mask-on activities are allowed for groups of up to five.
  • Masked voice training and speech and drama activities of up to 30 persons in the same venue can resume. Unmasking is strictly prohibited at all times. Singing and wind/brass instrument playing are not permitted even if masked.
  • Schools will adhere to guidelines on ventilation for regular air flow exchange and the use of air purifiers in air-conditioned venues.

Safe Distancing

  • All activities to be grouped by class, with the exception of banded classes for MTL, Subject-Based Banding.
  • Fixed exam-style classroom seating.
  • Group work and activities for up to five persons will be allowed. Masks are to be kept on at all times for such activities.
  • 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?

From 11 August, regardless of students’ vaccination status, secondary schools, JCs, MI and SPED schools (with senior/secondary sections) will resume in-person CCAs, including those involving external vendors and at external venues, with a cap of 50 pax.

CCAs and external activities for Primary schools will continue to remain suspended and where possible and meaningful, CCAs may be reformatted and conducted online (eCCA).

MOE will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and assess when CCAs can resume for Primary school students safely.

Is it compulsory for my child to attend the CCAs?

From 11 August, secondary schools, JCs, MI and SPED schools (with senior/secondary sections) will resume in-person CCAs. Students will be expected to attend the CCA sessions. Primary schools have the option to continue CCAs 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). As a precautionary measure, they will be issued a 14-day Leave of Absence, to minimise the risks of further transmission in schools. The affected schools will also be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

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 action will MOE take if there are any confirmed case(s)/clusters in school?

If there is a new confirmed case in the school, our schools will take the necessary measures to safeguard students and staff and curb the risk of any transmission, which include issuing Leave of Absence (LOA) quickly to close contacts, and to students from the same classes or CCA groups of confirmed cases.

MOE will work closely with MOH to identify all close contacts of the confirmed case and determine whether staff, students and visitors will need to undergo precautionary swab tests. Close contacts will also be issued Quarantine Orders (QOs) by MOH.

Any staff or students who show any symptoms will be required to go to their nearest doctor for treatment and, if necessary, swab tests.

These measures will help to break the chain of transmission, while supporting our students to ensure they can continue their learning. When the school's situation has stabilised, students and staff can return to the school to continue face-to-face lessons (arrangement will depend on the situation).

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?

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, and if any of the adults in their household has such 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.

However, if you or a member of your household are serving your quarantine order at home, your child would need to be placed on Leave of Absence (LOA). 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?

Leave of Absence (LOA), Stay Home Notice (SHN) and Approved Absence (AA)
I am a student/staff of an Institute of Higher Learning. Under what circumstances will I be placed on Leave of Absence (LOA)?

Students and staff from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) will be placed on LOA:

  • when they are in close contact with confirmed cases but are not placed on Quarantine Order (QO);
  • if members in their households are in close contact with confirmed cases and are awaiting to be designated as Person Under Quarantine (PUQ), until the PUQ moves out to serve QO at the GQF tests negative for COVID-19 entry swab test and is well;
  • if members in their households are serving QO at their place of residence, until the PUQ tests negative for COVID-19 entry swab test, is well and MOH quarantine/testing requirements allow household members to leave the house and carry on with their daily routine for the duration of their QO;
  • if members in their households have returned from overseas AND are serving their ICA-issued SHN at their place of residence, until the Person issued Stay-Home Notice (PSHN) tests negative for the on-arrival COVID-19 PCR swab test and is well.
  • if they are staying in the same household as individuals (6 years and above) with flu-like symptoms, until the unwell household member is tested negative for COVID-19 (PCR or ART);
  • if they or their household members have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing due to a COVID-19 cluster, including those that have been issued a Health Risk Warning SMS by MOH, until the COVID-19 PCR test result is reported to be negative. This does not include students with household members who are healthcare workers and other sectors who are required to undergo rostered routine testing;
  • when they have been on MC due to flu-like symptoms and are unable to produce a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or ART) by the end of their MC, and will be placed on LOA for a further 5 days after the MC's date of expiry;
What is Approved Absence (AA) and why has my child been placed on it? Under what circumstances will my child be placed on AA?

AA is a further precautionary measure to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

Students from MOE Kindergarten (MK), primary, secondary, JC/CI, and staff will be placed on AA in the following scenarios:

  • if they are staying in the same household as individuals (6 years and above) with flu-like symptoms, until the unwell household member is tested negative for COVID-19 (PCR or ART)^.
  • if they or their household members have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing due to a COVID-19 cluster, including those that have been issued a Health Risk Warning SMS by MOH, they will be placed on AA and be required to stay at home until the COVID-19 PCR test result is reported to be negative. This does not include students with household members who are healthcare workers and other sectors who are required to undergo rostered routine testing;
  • when they have been on MC due to flu-like symptoms and are unable to produce a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or ART)^ by the end of their MC, and will be placed on AA for a further 5 days after the MC’s date of expiry.

Similarly, students and staff in the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL) will be placed on Leave of Absence (LOA) in the above scenarios.

We strongly encourage individuals with flu-like symptoms to seek medical attention immediately and get a swab test.

^ In the event that both ART and PCR tests are administered, students/staff should only return back to school when the PCR test is negative.

* Students and staff who have been put under Health Risk Alert (HRA) will be able to return to school/campus, but should limit their social interactions as an added precaution, monitor their health and see a doctor promptly if they feel unwell.

How are schools supporting students on Home Quarantine Order (HQO)/Stay-Home Notice (SHN)/Leave of Absence (LOA)/Approved Absence (AA) 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 Home Quarantine Order (HQO)/Stay-Home Notice (SHN)/Leave of Absence (LOA)?

We urge them to spare a thought for others and do so to be socially responsible.

All of us play a part in ensuring the safety and well-being of ourselves, our loved ones and our society. We should do the responsible thing and see a doctor if unwell.

Ultimately, we can only overcome this virus with the co-operation and public spiritedness of everyone in Singapore.

Under what circumstances will my child be placed on Leave of Absence (LOA)?

Students from MOE Kindergarten (MK), primary, secondary, JC/CI, and staff will be placed on LOA:

  • when they are in close contact with confirmed cases but are not placed on Quarantine Order (QO); or
  • if members in their households are in close contact with confirmed cases and awaiting to be designated as Person Under Quarantine (PUQ), until the PUQ moves out to serve QO at the GQF tests negative for COVID-19 entry swab test and is well;
  • if members in their households are serving the QO at their place of residence, until the PUQ tests negative for COVID-19 entry swab test, is well and MOH quarantine/testing requirements allow household members to leave the house and carry on with their daily routine for the duration of their QO; or
  • if members in their households have returned from overseas AND are serving their ICA-issued SHN at their place of residence, until the Person issued Stay-Home Notice (PSHN) tests negative for the on-arrival COVID-19 PCR swab test and is well.

For MOE Kindergarten Only

  • In addition, children and staff from MOE Kindergarten (MK), will be placed on LOA:if child/staff was unwell in MK (and KCare if applicable) at any point in time within 7 days before the start of QO; or
  • if a child/staff becomes unwell during QO and was in MK (and KCare if applicable) at any point in time within 2 days before the onset of symptoms.

The LOA will be in place until the child/staff who is on QO receives a negative COVID-19 test result at his/her entry into quarantine (which may take 3 – 5 days).

*Please refer to ECDA guidelines for more information.

What is Stay Home Notice (SHN)? How does the SHN differ from a Leave of Absence (LOA) and Quarantine Order (QO)?

The SHN is a precautionary measure for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore with travel history within the last 21 days to all countries.

All travellers (Singapore residents, long-term pass holders, foreign employees issued with a work pass and short-term visitors) entering Singapore at any of our checkpoints have to take the COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival, even if asymptomatic. With effect from 23 Jun 2021, 2359 hours, depending on which country travellers entering Singapore have spent their last consecutive 21 days prior to entering Singapore (link), they could be subject to one of the following:

  • 14-day SHN to be served in dedicated SHN facilities
  • 14-day SHN to be served in their place of residence; or
  • 7-day SHN to be served in their place of residence, or
  • Non-requirement to serve SHN.

Besides the on-arrival PCR test and PCR test on Day 14 of arrival, all travellers serving SHN in dedicated SHN facilities will undergo ART self-administered tests on Days 3,7 and 11 of their arrival.

All holders of Work Pass (and their dependants), Long-Term Visit Pass, Student's Pass, as well as those who have been granted In-Principle Approval for Work Pass and Long-Term Pass must obtain approval from MOM/ICA before they commence their journey to Singapore.

Persons issued with a SHN/QO are on stricter regimes than those on LOA, and will be required to remain in their place of residence or quarantine facility at all times during the SHN/QO period. SHN and QO are legal orders. Individuals may be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act and face serious penalties for non-compliance.

In comparison, those on LOAs are allowed to leave their homes briefly to purchase daily necessities or attend to important personal matters. However, they should not be attending school. During the LOA, students and staff are expected to:

  • Remain contactable at all times
  • Remain in the place of residence as much as possible
  • Monitor their health and their temperature
  • (For Students) Follow their HBL plan closely to continue with their learning

Click on the link for a quick explainer on the difference between LOA, SHN and QO: https://www.facebook.com/6788957003/posts/10159347488002004/?d=n

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.

If a student/staff was in close contact with someone who is on Leave of Absence (LOA), would he or she need to be on LOA as well?

There is no need for the student/staff to be placed on LOA if they are in contact with people on LOA. In all circumstances, please continue to adopt good personal hygiene practices and seek medical assistance immediately if you or your child are unwell.

If my child is on LOA, as a parent, will I be able to go to work?

There is no need for you to be on LOA if you are in contact with people on LOA. LOA is a precautionary measure which is issued to people who are healthy. You can continue going to work, if you are working to provide essential services or in selected economic sectors which are critical for our local and global supply chains. Otherwise, you are required to work from home.

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

How can schools ensure that those who are on LOA do not attend school during their LOA period?

Students and staff who are on LOA will be informed by their respective schools that they are not to attend school within the specified period. Parents of students will also be alerted to this. Together with the LOA notice, schools will also share an advisory to parents and students detailing what they need to do during the LOA period.

Students are reminded to be socially responsible to help keep the school a safe environment for learning. In addition, teachers will contact students on LOA daily to check on their well-being. Schools are always vigilant, and should those on LOA turn up at their schools, they will be sent home immediately.

Do staff/students on LOA need to produce certification that they are fit for duty from a doctor at the end of their LOA period?

No. Staff and students who have ended the LOA period without developing any symptoms do not need any certification from a doctor before resuming their normal activities. Schools also do not require these individuals to produce a doctor's note to allow them to return to the schools at the end of the LOA period.

In all circumstances, please continue to adopt good personal hygiene practices, and seek medical assistance immediately if you are unwell.

Are vendors, canteen staff, freelance coaches also covered under the LOA and AA measures?

Yes. The LOA and AA provisions cover teaching staff, non-teaching staff, such as administrators, and other non-school staff, including canteen vendors, security guards, KCare and Student Care Centre staff.

Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)
Will IHL students still be able to participate in internships/work attachments?

Students can continue to participate in internships/work attachments, and should adhere to all prevailing Safe Management Measures at the organisations they are attached to.

Why were some graduation ceremonies converted to virtual ceremonies?

The IHLs closely monitor the community COVID-19 situation and the prevailing national posture and guidelines in deciding whether to proceed with in-person graduation ceremonies, which are typically large-scale events. Taking these considerations into account, including the need to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff, some IHLs had converted their graduation ceremonies to virtual ceremonies while providing graduands with a meaningful experience.

The IHLs will continue to closely monitor the national situation in deciding whether to resume in-person graduation ceremonies, and should the situation permit, to do so safely and with all necessary safe management measures in place.

How will ITE and the polytechnics ensure that the online EAE selection is fair and rigorous?

Institutions have made appropriate adjustments to their assessment rubrics and criteria, to ensure that the online selection format can continue to be carried out seamlessly this year.

They will also continue to document the EAE selection process, including recording interviews (where appropriate), and the evaluations made by the selection panels.

The assessments will continue to be carried out objectively and rigorously, in a fair and inclusive manner.

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

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 have Leave of Absence (LOA) measures in place to ensure that students/staff who may potentially be infected stay away from campus.

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 during the pre-transition phase?

Indoor and outdoor mask-on activities at IHLs, such as small-group consultation, group/project work as well as in-person CCAs, may resume in groups of five from 10 August 2021, regardless of the individuals’ vaccination status.

Outdoor mask-off activities of up to five persons are similarly permitted, regardless of the individuals’ 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.

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

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 will be required to check in and out using TraceTogether-only SafeEntry when entering or leaving the campus.
  • Students and staff who are unwell, or who have household members on Home Quarantine Order/Stay Home Notice or have household members (aged 6 and above) with flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough, are required to stay away from campus.

Hygiene

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

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.
  • From 10 August, all mask-on activities such as small-group consultation, group/project work as well as in-person CCAs can resume in groups of up to 5 persons, regardless of the individuals’ vaccination status.
  • Outdoor mask-off activities of up to 5 persons will be allowed, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Indoor mask-off activities will be allowed in groups of up to 5 persons, as long as all individuals in the group are vaccinated.

Safe Distancing

  • All in-person lessons will be conducted with SMMs in place. These SMMs include:
    • Safe distancing of at least 1m between individuals on campus.
    • In-person classes will continue to be capped at no more than 50 persons.
    • Lecture size will be capped at 250 persons if all individuals are fully vaccinated. Otherwise, lecture size will be capped at 50 persons.
    • Mask-on group activities to be capped at a maximum of 5 persons for both indoor and outdoor activities.
    • Fixed seating will be implemented in teaching venues, where practicable.
    • Start and end timings for lessons will be 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.

Are IHL students and staff required to wear masks when they return to campus?

Yes, in line with the national policy, all staff and students will generally be required to wear masks at all times while on campus.

Notwithstanding this, 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.
Can official overseas placements (e.g. internship or exchange programmes) resume for the IHLs?

Given the rapidly evolving global COVID-19 situation, MOE and the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) had previously decided to suspend all official overseas placements, including all internships and exchange programmes, until end-July. For students who are affected by the suspension of overseas programmes, the IHLs will work with each affected student to provide alternative learning arrangements so that they can graduate on time, to support them at no additional cost.

The IHLs are exploring the possibility of 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 (PEIs)
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 in Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) [last updated on 19 Aug 2021].

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

Are all in-person lessons at private residences, tuition centres and enrichment centres allowed to proceed?

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, MOE strongly encourages that all tuition and enrichment classes be conducted online.

The Multi-Ministry Task Force (MTF) announced on 6 August 2021 that Singapore will be transiting into the endemic state in a calibrated manner, with Safe Management Measures gradually eased from Tuesday, 10 August 2021. For tuition and enrichment classes that choose to continue in-person instruction, some Safe Management Measures will be eased from 19 August 2021.

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

MOE strongly encourages that all tuition and enrichment classes be conducted online. For centres that continue on-premise instruction, to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19, they are required to abide by the nationwide safe management measures for workplaces. These include the use of SafeEntry to support contact tracing for all employees, students and other visitors, wearing of masks at all times, and regular cleaning of common facilities and high-touch areas. In accordance with the national posture, temperature screening requirements can be removed. More details are available at the GoBusiness website (https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/safemanagement/general).

In accordance with MOM’s guidelines, up to 50% of employees who can work from home can return to the workplace.

As part of enhanced national measures for workers involved in higher-risk activities, Fast and Easy Testing (FET) will be mandatory for cleaners (regardless of vaccination status) who work in private tuition and enrichment centres that have students 12 years old and below (i.e. born in 2009 or later). More details on FET can be found at https://go.gov.sg/tuition-enrichment-fet.

As a default, the following applies to all centres conducting on-premise instruction (whether indoors or outdoors and regardless of activity), except where there are additional safe management measures 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 to Q3 and Q4 for details for these classes).

  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. Centres should not permit students who are placed on Leave of Absence (LOA) or Approved Absence (AA) by their schools, or students and staff who are on a Stay Home Notice (SHN), or Home Quarantine Order (HQO) to enter the centre premises. 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. As a best practice, centres should also check if a family member living in the same household is unwell. If so, the child should not attend lessons in person.
  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 may apply for these classes, subject to different class size and group size limits, depending on the activity, setting, and vaccination status of students.

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.

All coaches, instructors and staff who come into contact with participants/students who are engaged in unmasked activities, including but not limited to dance, singing, the playing of instruments that require the intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind/brass instruments), voice, theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training), physical education and other sports-related activities are required to undergo Fast and Easy Testing (FET). 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), with effect from Thursday, 19 August 2021.

  • 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.
    • Additionally, there must be a minimum of 3m 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 50 persons (including the instructor), with:
    • Group sizes of no more than 5 persons, provided that all individuals in the class are vaccinated.
    • 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.
    • Additionally, there must be a minimum of 3m spacing between each group. The groups should not intermingle before, during, and after the class.
  • Where there are individuals who are not vaccinated, indoor classes are to be suspended.
  • However, indoor unmasked sport, physical activity, dance, singing, voice training, speech and drama, and wind and brass instrument classes for children of age 12 and below may resume with no need for the children to undergo a Pre-Event test, subject to the following conditions:
    • Classes involving these exempted children must be limited to a maximum of 5 persons (including the instructor);
    • All the exempted children in the class must be from the same household; and
    • Any other individuals in the class above the age of 12 (including the instructor) must be vaccinated.

An individual is considered vaccinated if he/ she has been:

  1. Fully vaccinated, i.e. has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnatry, Moderna or World Health Organisation's Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective;
  2. Recovered from COVID-19; or
  3. Has obtained a negative result on a pre-event test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event.
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, in light of the uncertain situation. For home-based tuition/enrichment that conduct in-person lessons, subject to the prevailing national group size limit and number of unique household visitors allowed per day.

Home ventilation should be improved by opening doors and windows. Fans can be used to promote air circulation when needed.

More information about safe management measures for home-based services are available at the MOH website.

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 be vaccinated? Who would be covered under the "Vaccinate or Regular Test" regime?

Beginning from 6 August through 30 September 2021, all tutors, instructors or staff working in private tuition and enrichment centres who are working with students 12 years old and below are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

From 1 October 2021, the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime will commence for these staff. Unvaccinated tutors, instructors or staff (including part-time, freelance, or ad-hoc staff) working in private tuition and enrichment centres that have students 12 years old and below will be required to be tested with FET twice a week. Only fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from regular testing. Centres will be responsible for implementing the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime.

This requirement applies so long as any student at that centre is 12 years old and below (i.e. is born in 2009 or later). MOE will provide more details in the coming weeks.

The “Vaccinate or Regular Test” requirement is in addition to the requirement for all cleaners operating in settings with children 12 years and below to undergo FET.

Do all tutors/instructors/staff/cleaners at tuition and enrichment centres need to conduct Fast and Easy Testing (FET)?

The FET regime is separate from the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime announced by the Multi-Ministerial Task Force on 6 August 2021.

As part of the enhanced national measures for workers involved in higher-risk activities, FET will be mandatory for cleaners who work in private tuition and enrichment centres with students 12 years old and below, regardless of the cleaner's vaccination status.

This requirement applies so long as any student at that centre is 12 years old and below (i.e. is born in 2009 or later). More details on FET can be found at https://go.gov.sg/tuition-enrichment-fet.

Will Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses for adults be allowed to continue?

For health and safety reasons, the maximum class size for all other in-person CET activities is capped at 50 persons (including the trainer(s)). 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. This is subject to safe management requirements in Q2, and additional safe management measures for high-risk activities in Q4 as applicable. For all other sport or physical activity, dance, singing, the playing of instruments that require the intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind/brass instruments), voice training, speech and drama classes, please refer to Q3.

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.

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/whats-new/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 Q12), 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.

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.

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?

Registered Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) defined as professionals regulated by the Allied Health Professions Council and psychologists registered with the Singapore Psychological Society’s Register of Psychologists can provide consultation and assessment services for students with special educational needs or disabilities. These AHPs should adhere to sector-specific guidelines, prevailing precautionary measures and safe distancing requirements, as well as infection and control measures such as hand hygiene and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines relevant to each setting.

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).

Government quarantine facilities
Why do we allow university dorms to be designated as Government Quarantine Facilities (GQFs)? Will allowing this put the wider student population at risk?

Currently, there are three university hostels designated as Government Quarantine Facilities (GQFs) – designated blocks at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Prince George's Park Residences, Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) Graduate Hall 1, and Singapore Management University's (SMU) Blk 83 Prinsep St. They have always been part of the Government's national contingency plan for a disease outbreak. We are getting them ready to be on standby, should the number of people served with QO goes up. The designated hostels will only be primarily activated when a student in our educational institutions or schools is required to serve QOs and does not have suitable accommodation.

Persons served QOs are required to stay in their designated rooms at all times within the allocated quarantine period. They are not allowed to use common facilities within the GQF. There will be no visitors, and food and all necessary supplies will be delivered to them.

There are also security measures in place to ensure compliance to GQF guidelines. All staff working at the GQF are also provided with personal protective equipment, such as masks, as advised by the Ministry of Health (MOH). GQFs also undergo rigorous cleansing and hygiene regimes according to MOH and National Environment Agency (NEA) guidelines. In other words, the persons will not be mingling with the larger population around them.