Pupils from Kong Hwa School and St Stephen's test positive for Covid-19; more schools move to home-based learning

Two pupils each from Kong Hwa School and St Stephen's School have been confirmed to have Covid-19 infection. PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM GOOGLE MAPS

SINGAPORE - More schools will move to full home-based learning on Friday (May 14) after pupils tested positive for Covid-19.

Two pupils each from Kong Hwa School and St Stephen's School have been confirmed to have Covid-19 infection, in addition to the Yio Chu Kang Primary pupil who was among the 24 new community cases announced on Thursday.

This brings the total number of schools affected by the surge in Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks to at least five.

On Friday, the Covid-19 multi-ministry task force said that a few new infections among students were detected, with most of them linked to the case of a 50-year-old Singaporean woman working in enrichment centre Learning Point.

The woman, who is a tutor at the enrichment centre with branches in Parkway Centre and Century Square, tested positive for Covid-19 on May 12.

On its website, Learning Point said that both branches have been professionally cleaned and sanitised. All of its classes will be conducted online from May 14.

Meanwhile, all staff and students who are close contacts with the Covid-19 cases from Kong Hwa School and St Stephen's School will be placed on leave of absence or quarantined.

Both schools said that their pupils who had tested positive for Covid-19 were close contacts of another confirmed Covid-19 case, and not transmitted through the schools.

Both schools will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, while full home-based learning is conducted on Friday.

St Stephen's School said that lesson packages will be available on the Student Learning Space (SLS) and that students will be able to complete them anytime over the weekend.

The other three schools which have had recent Covid-19 cases linked to them are Yio Chu Kang Primary School, Victoria Junior College and EdgeField Secondary School.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said that all Yio Chu Kang Primary pupils will move to full home-based learning until next Tuesday as "it will take some time to finalise the results of the testing and epidemiological investigations".

All after-school activities, including co-curricular events, will be suspended from next Wednesday until next Friday for all pupils, except for a few Primary 5 and 6 pupils.

The schedule for the remaining mid-year exams and weighted assessment for pupils from Primary 4 to Primary 6 will be adjusted as well, the school told parents.

The other cases involving pupils are a 15-year-old student at Edgefield Secondary School who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 30, and an 18-year-old student at Victoria Junior College who tested positive on May 7.

"We have reminded our principals and teachers to be alert and vigilant and make sure that students who are in our schools can continue learning safely," said Mr Wong.

"What is very important during this period is again, we should remind everyone that as long as you feel sick, are not feeling well; please do not go to school, do not go to work, report sick and see a doctor immediately.

"In the meantime, isolate yourself," Mr Wong added.

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