As schools and kindergartens set to re-open in Singapore according to plans, students and staff who have travelled overseas will be allotted a 14-day leave to isolate themselves. Stringent measures will be implemented within the school premises to prevent a possible outbreak of infection. Guidelines have been set to monitor those who have returned from outside.
Singapore has witnessed a surge in the number of new infections rising the numbers to 448 till Thursday. The country has stepped into a partial lockdown in the light of recent spread of the COVID-19. However, after much deliberation, schools have considered it ‘not to prolong the shutdown even as the positive cases have spiked overnight.
Ong Ye, the city-state’s education minister, has marked that the trend of school shutdowns as part of the “circuit breaker” is no longer feasible in the country.
Once the schools re-open, the strict implementation of safety procedures will ensure education is not further disrupted. The schools have been thoroughly sanitized and wiped clean during the March holidays.
“Our priority must be to protect the education system and keeping students safe. By protecting the system robustly, it can remain open, and lives need not be disrupted. Otherwise, many parents, including those working in hospitals and providing essential services, will not be able to go to work,” said Ong.