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Resuming More School and IHL Activities to Support the Holistic Development and Well-Being of Students

Published Date: 08 November 2021 06:30 PM

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1. To enrich the learning experiences and better support the long-term holistic development and well-being of our students, MOE will gradually resume more school activities, including Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), in our schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). This is in view that our student population above the age of 12 in schools and IHLs have high vaccination rates, which puts us in a good position to resume more elements of school life, with appropriate safeguards.

Resumption of More School Activities from November 2021

2. From 10 November 2021, secondary schools and secondary/senior sections of Special Education (SPED) schools, Junior Colleges (JCs)/Millennia Institute (MI) and IHLs will be allowed to conduct masked activities in sub-groups of up to 5 persons, subject to existing Safe Management Measures (SMMs).

3. In addition, these educational institutes will pilot the resumption of team sports formats to allow a group of up to 10 fully vaccinated persons (including players, umpires, linesmen, etc.) to play together, similar to the community team sports formats pilot run by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). As part of this pilot, participants will be required to produce a valid negative antigen rapid test (ART) result on-site prior to each game. MOE will review the outcome of these pilots in November and December to prepare for scaling up of these sports activities for 2022.

Back-to-School Plans for 2022

4. From January 2022, MOE will continue to resume more elements of school life for our secondary schools and JCs/MI, including activities which have been suspended or disrupted previously, such as the flag-raising ceremony, assemblies, learning journeys, CCAs, National School Games and the Singapore Youth Festival. Likewise, our IHLs will also look to bring back more aspects of campus life such as more in-person lessons and student activities, and larger scale IHL sports events (e.g. POL-ITE games and Inter-Faculty Games). Further details will be shared subsequently.

5. In addition, similar to the arrangement earlier this year, only Kindergarten 1 (K1) children in MOE Kindergartens and Primary 1 (P1) students, including from the primary/junior sections of SPED schools, will report to their schools for the first day of school on 4 January 2022. One parent/guardian will be allowed to accompany their K1 or P1 child/ward to their new school to help them better adjust to the new environment and routines. K2 children and P2 to P6 students will only return to school on 5 January 2022. This will better facilitate the safe return of students at the start of the school year and ensure that SMMs can be implemented effectively.

6. MOE will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and make adjustments where necessary to keep our school environment safe while gradually resuming more school and student activities as we learn to live with endemic COVID-19. We urge all students and staff to continue practising good personal hygiene, adhere to SMMs, and exercise social responsibility.