Safety and Hygiene Practices in School
*This video was taken before masks were mandatory
Primary and above
EtonHouse International Schools will be conducting home-based learning (HBL) from 19 to 28 May 2021 for primary and above. The pre-school section within these international schools will remain open. We will be monitoring the situation closely and make the necessary adjustments to keep our community safe.
1. What is the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously known in humans. It was first identified in China and has now spread globally. While most people will experience mild to moderate symptoms, COVID-19 may also cause severe pneumonia which may eventually lead to death.
2. What are the common signs of infection for COVID-19?
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
3. What is considered close contact?
Ministry of Health's Director of Communicable Diseases, Associate Professor Vernon Lee, said that "To be a close contact, you have to spend a reasonable amount of time in really close proximity - usually around 2m - of the person. You need distance and time, it is not just casual contact like brushing past or walking by, in a transient kind of moment."Source: The Straits Times
4. What is the difference between a Home Quarantine Order (HQO), Leave of Absence (LOA) and Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?
Home Quarantine Order (HQO) - A HQO is served to healthy individuals who have a higher risk of exposure to the virus, such as someone who has close contact with an infected person. HQOs have legal force, with severe penalties for non-compliance. Quarantine usually occurs in the home but can also be served in dedicated Government Quarantine Facilities (GQFs) or hospitals, should the individual not have suitable accommodation in Singapore.
Leave of Absence (LOA) - An LOA is also issued to students and staff who are healthy, but have recently travelled to Mainland China. So it is a precautionary measure. Although LOAs are not legally binding, we strongly urge those on LOA to be socially responsible and comply with the LOA, to prevent possible transmission of infections. Students and staff on LOAs are not required to stay at home and be isolated at all times. During the LOA, students and staff are expected to:
Stay-Home Notice (SHN) - Those placed under the SHN are not under quarantine orders; and are not required to have a dedicated room and toilet if this is not feasible. However, they should remain in their place of residence. Persons on LOA are allowed to leave their place of residence to purchase daily necessities or to attend to important personal matters. Persons issued a SHN must remain in their place of residence at all times.
|22 July 2021||
Physical school tours have resumed limited to groups of 2 people, including 1 parent and 1 school staff. Tours are required to be conducted outside of school curriculum hours.
|16 May 2021||
Phase 2(heightened alert)- further tightening of safe management measures in preschools and early intervention centres to minimise transmission.
EtonHouse International Schools will be conducting home-based learning (HBL) from 19 to 28 May for primary and above. The pre-school section within these international schools will remain open. We will be monitoring the situation closely and make the necessary adjustments to keep our community safe.
In line with further stricter safe management measures for sport and physical exercise & activity, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced additional measures across schools. These measures are aimed at reducing the intermingling of students with an emphasis on measures to ensure the delivery of core programmes at schools. With this consideration, all Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) will be cancelled across schools.
Physical school tours have been temporarily suspended. All tours will be conducted virtually till further notice.
|19 June 2020||
In Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening, EtonHouse campuses welcome school tours on Saturdays
|2 June 2020||
EtonHouse campuses re-open after the Circuit Breaker, with precautionary measures in place. EtonHouse featured on the news here:
26 May 2020
EtonHouse Community Fund produces Germs Buster Board Game, a game created by students from EtonHouse Pre-School, 223 Mountbatten, to promote personal hygiene practices
8 May 2020
EtonHouse Community Fund launches 'Contact Tracing Super Sleuths', a third book in the series of publications on the COVID 19. The bilingual book is dedicated to Singapore's contact tracing team (download here)
|4 May 2020||
EtonHouse launches exclusive home learning channel for the EtonHouse community.
|25 April 2020||
With Singapore's Circuit Breaker extension, EtonHouse schools revises academic calendar. Term break to be brought forward to 4 May - 29 May 2020.
|9 Apr 2020||
EtonHouse International Schools and Pre-Schools offer fee rebate across international schools in Singapore for all students irrespective of nationality. (Letter here)
|8 April 2020||
EtonHouse Community Fund reaches out to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who do not have the infrastructure to access home-based learning through the sponsorship of routers and sim cards.
|3 Apr 2020||
EtonHouse Pre-Schools to offer home-based learning from 8 April to 4 May 2020. (MOE press release here)
EtonHouse International Schools to offer home-based learning from 6 April to 4 May 2020.
|1 Apr 2020||
Published home learning resources here.
|31 Mar 2020||
EtonHouse featured on ABC News on how the school ensures safety of students and staff during this crucial period. Watch here.
|23 Mar 2020||
EtonHouse Pre-Schools re-opened after the March school holidays, with fresh precautions against COVID-19, including a leave of absence (LOA) for those who travelled during the holidays.
Channel News Asia visited our Upper Bukit Timah campus to interview us about our additional measures. Watch here.
|20 Mar 2020||
14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) applies to all returning travellers, WEF 20 Mar 2359hr.
Parents are requested to re-declare travel plans on updated form in Student Management Portal.
|15 Mar 2020||
Travel declaration form updated to ask if children and staff have close contact with those who have traveled to ASEAN countries, Japan, UK, or Switzerland. Parents and staff are requested to refill the travel declaration form if needed.
|4 Mar 2020||
Channel News Asia's documentary 'Stronger-The Battle Against Covid-19' captures the story of the EtonHouse community and how we are fighting the virus. Watch here.
|4 Mar 2020||
Travel declaration form updated to request for specific cities and to include a wider travel period to December 2020. Parents and staff are requested to refill the travel declaration form if needed.
|28 Feb 2020|
|26 Feb 2020||
The Stay-Home Notice (SHN) is extended to Singapore residents, long-term pass holders, and work pass holders with travel history to Daegu city and Cheongdo county, Republic of Korea, in the last 14 days.
|25 Feb 2020||
‘A New Virus has Arrived’ translated into Vietnamese
|19 Feb 2020||
8,000 printed copies of the book ‘A New Virus has Arrived’ sent to EtonHouse schools, Middleton international school, E-Bridge pre-schools, ECDA, KKH, Children's Society, etc
|17 Feb 2020||
MOH introduced the “Stay-Home Notice” (SHN) for Singapore residents (i.e. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) and long-term pass holders (i.e. Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass) returning to Singapore (press release here)
|12 Feb 2020|
|9 Feb 2020||EtonHouse Community Fund develops at-home kits for children on LOA in the E-Bridge Pre-School and NTUC My First Skool (The Straits Times story here)|
|7 Feb 2020||Singapore raises DORSCON level from yellow to orange|
|6 Feb 2020||EtonHouse Community Fund launches ‘A new virus has arrived’- an illustrative bilingual E-book parents can download to explain the Covid-19 situation to their children in a sensitive and meaningful way. (download here)|
|29 Jan 2020||
EtonHouse postpones 25th-anniversary gala dinner and the Guinness World Record attempt
|28 Jan 2020||Mediacorp News visits EtonHouse Pre-School to interview us on our precautionary measures (watch Channel 8’s report here and Channel News Asia’s report here)|
|27 Jan 2020||EtonHouse advises staff and children returning from China to take Leave of Absence, activated employee safety checks to ensure all staff are safe and are rendered assistance if required|
|24 Jan 2020||EtonHouse implements temperature screening and health checks for all staff and children at least twice a day|
|23 Jan 2020||
Singapore confirms its 1st imported Covid-19 (Coronavirus) case- a Chinese national from Wuhan
EtonHouse sets up Coronavirus Task Force, launches Covid-19 portal with SOPs, updates, FAQs, infection control risk assessment, visitor log book templates, epidemic response plan, virus control measures summary, and children & staff illness monitoring logs.
EtonHouse sends letter to parents about precautionary measures being taken
|22 Jan 2020||
EtonHouse sends travel declaration form for all staff and provides information & policy on control and prevention of infection.Procured masks, thermometers, gloves to equip staff to implement all precautionary measures before the schools reopened after the Chinese New Year break
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