Press Releases

October 07, 2020

Further Resumption of Co-Curricular Activities and School Activities

1. Since 27 July 2020, secondary schools, Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute have gradually resumed selected Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and other school activities, while primary schools have been given the option to bring back such activities since 14 September.

2. We now have improved national capabilities to detect and trace cases, and also have effective safe management measures (SMMs) in our schools. Hence MOE will be carefully resuming more programmes across the different levels in our schools, with appropriate SMMs in place. These include:

From mid-October 2020 [after year-end examinations]

1. Activities/programmes conducted at external venues such as Learning Journeys, SwimSafer 2.01 and MOE-run non-residential activities at MOE Outdoor Adventure Learning Centres (OALCs).
2. Activities involving different schools such as Strategic-Partnership CCA (SP-CCA)2 and Local Olympiads.
3. Activities involving wind instruments and Speech and Drama programmes.

Please refer to the Annex for the list of activities which may resume and those that remain suspended.

From 2021

1. The National School Games* and Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation*.
2. Non-residential outdoor adventure learning activities* conducted by Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) or external vendors at MOE OALCs and external sites.

*Further details on these activities will be available at a later stage.

3. Most CCAs and school activities will resume with the following SMMs in place:

  • In alignment with the national guidelines, we will increase the overall group cap for CCAs and school activities from 20 to 50 persons, except for higher-risk activities which remain suspended or limited to a smaller group cap. This 50-person limit is inclusive of students and adults supporting them in their learning;

  • There should be a safe distance of at least one metre between students. For activities like sports that involve more physical exertion where the students are unmasked, there should be a safe distance of at least two metres between students;

  • For activities where one-metre safe distancing cannot be observed, students should be organised into groups of five with one metre between groups. For more physically-demanding activities where the students are unmasked, there should be a minimum of three metres between groups. There should also be minimal inter-mingling between students and members of the public when taking part in activities or programmes at external venues;

  • Students should remain within their fixed groupings when taking part in activities which involve inter-mingling among different schools;

  • High-touch points and common facilities will be wiped down at the end of each activity or change in groups; and

  • Schools will continue to screen all visitors, including coaches and instructors, for flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough, and ensure that they comply with all SMMs.

4. CCA experiences and school activities are important elements of our students’ socio-emotional well-being and holistic development. They provide opportunities and platforms for students to explore their passion, build camaraderie, develop character and resilience, and strengthen mental well-being, which are important especially during these difficult times. MOE will continue to monitor the situation closely as we resume further aspects of school life. We urge all students and staff to continue practising good personal hygiene, exercise social responsibility and abide by SMMs, whether in or outside school.

Footnotes
  1. SwimSafer is a national water safety programme aimed at raising the swimming proficiency of children below 16 years old.

  2. SP-CCA is a centralised, non-school-based CCA offered in partnership with SportSG and National Arts Council, to provide secondary school students the opportunity to pursue a CCA that their schools do not offer.