Source: CNA

Safety and Hygiene Practices in School

*This video was taken before masks were mandatory


Precautionary measures

School Tours
  • Within the guidelines for Phase 2 Heightened Alert (P2HA) as of 10 August 2021, school tours are still available (2 visitors and 1 school staff). Tours will be conducted outside of school curriculum hours. The parent attending the school tour must be fully vaccinated (14 days after the second dose of vaccination). Kindly complete this form to send us your interest, and we will be in touch with you shortly.



  • While parents have been encouraged to have their children stay home if possible, EtonHouse Pre-Schools will remain open to all children to support parents who need to work and are unable to make alternative care arrangements. 
  • We have prepared some home learning resources to help keep children meaningfully engaged while they stay at home. More resources will be shared directly with our parents by their respective schools. 
  • To keep our community safe in school, we will be adhering strictly to the guidelines issued by ECDA.

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.

  • To keep our community safe in school, we will be adhering strictly to the guidelines issued by MOE and CPE.
Health & Hygiene
  • Individuals (children and or staff) who do not feel well at any time are to seek medical attention immediately and remain at home for the duration of their MCs. If the children are well at the end of the MC period, they can return to school. If their symptoms persist, they should return to the same doctor for a follow-up assessment. 
  • We encourage children with adult household members who are unwell (with fever and/or flu-like symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath) to stay home if possible. 
  • All our campuses are closely monitoring the health of our staff and children and ensuring a high level of hygiene and sanitation. Apart from our regular cleaning, all schools have conducted a risk assessment for infection control and have put into place extra cleaning and sanitisation procedures. This is especially so for areas that have a higher risk- door handles, entrances, lift buttons etc.


  • The schools will require all parents to declare if their children are living with any household member under the (i) Home Quarantine Order (HQO) or (ii) Stay Home Notice (SHN) or (iii) Leave of Absence (LOA) or phone surveillance. 
  • All parents are also required to declare any intended/updated travel plans of their children to other countries (including the city(s) of travel).
  • While all schools are limiting access to essential personnel needed to support operations, all visitors are also required to fill in a travel and health declaration form, do temperature checks and use their Trace Together app/token to check into SafeEntry.
  • We have put in place comprehensive policies in relation to the management of sick children and staff, as well as control, prevention and tracking of infections. Specific to the COVID-19, on top of our infection control plan, we have also put in place an epidemic response plan, a risk assessment process, an illness monitoring log, and a travel declaration log. These policies aim to minimise cross-infection in school settings through acknowledged best practice and are strictly adhered to by all staff members. 
Community activities
  • Large group activities, after school clubs, extra-curricular activities and excursions have been cancelled. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been intentional in inviting the children to talk about the virus and conducting research about the topic, to heighten their awareness and to pick up good personal hygiene to protect themselves better. 
For the latest updates please refer to MOH.



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:

  • Remain contactable at all times
  • Remain in the place of residence as much as possible
  • Minimise visitors to the place of residence
  • Minimise time spent in public places and contact with others
  • Monitor their health and their temperature

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.

Ministry of Health Singapore

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:

TodayOnline - Pre-Schools gear up to reopen

The Straits Times - Preparing for a new normal amid Covid-19

Lianhe Zaobao - 学前教育中心复课, 确保安全管理措施到位

 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

EtonHouse Community Fund launches 'The Language of Kindness', a sequel to the much loved book 'A New Virus has Arrived' (download here)

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

EtonHouse Community Fund launches updated version of ‘A New Virus has Arrived’ as Coronavirus has its name changed to Covid-19 (download here)

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

Channel News Asia visits Middleton International to interview us about our precautionary measures (watch news report here)

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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'The Language of Kindness'

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The Language of Kindness’ is a sequel to our much loved first publication on the virus 'A New Virus Has Arrived'.
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Parents can use this book to start conversations with children on how they can help to spread the spirit of kindness and empathy.
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