From June 2, 2020 we will be welcoming students back to campus in a staggered start, following clearly outlined government directives. That means that our staff and students will be reunited on campus, even if just for a short time. What a way to bring closure to the 2019 - 2020 school year! In preparation for reopening of school on June 2, the Committee for Private Education approved our return to school plans to ensure that we are doing everything possible to safeguard the wellbeing of our community. It has been our consistent approach to follow the guidance from the various Ministries (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Education) and the Committee of Private Education (CPE) and our return to school will be no different.
Stamford American International School has been monitoring the Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19) very closely. We would like to reassure our community that we are in close and frequent consultation with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), our school’s regulator the Committee for Private Education (CPE) as well as advice from medical professionals at International SOS, our partner for travel and health advisory.
The following measures have been put in place for the safety and wellbeing of our community.
On Friday April 3, 2020 Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the Multi-Ministry Taskforce will be imposing stricter measures as a circuit breaker to pre-empt escalating infections of COVID-19. The aim is to significantly reduce movements and interactions in public and private places.
An important part of the new measures announced is the requirement for students in all schools and institutes of higher learning to move to full home-based learning from Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
This is what this means for our School Community
- The Continuity of Learning plan will continue until May 4 or until the Singapore government has advised that Singapore schools can reopen.
- Parents, students and visitors will not be able to visit the Woodleigh or ELV campus unless there are urgent reasons to do so. If you have an urgent need to enter campus, please contact your division principal.
- MOH strongly advises everyone to defer all travel outside of Singapore. As of March 23, 11:59 p.m onwards, all short-term visitors will not be allowed entry or transit to Singapore.
- From 9 April 2020, all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders entering Singapore will be required to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities.
New Travel Advisories | Stay Home Notices
In view of the evolving COVID-19 situation globally, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has advised all long term residents and pass holders to defer all non-essential travel abroad. In addition, from 16 March 2020, 2359 hours, Singapore Residents, Long Term Pass holders, entering Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom within the last 14 days will be issued with a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
- ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia (only applies to air travel), Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam)
- The United Kingdom
- Republic of Korea
- Mainland China (outside Hubei province)
If you choose to travel to locations listed, you will be required to go on a mandatory 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon your return to Singapore. This means you cannot leave your home for the entire period and SHN infringement brings severe penalties under Section 21(A) of the Infectious Disease Act.
Stay at Home Notice (SHN)
As a precautionary measure taken to minimize the risk of additional imported cases of COVID-19, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce has introduced a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) to be issued to returning Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders (including work passes and permits, Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass and Long-Term Visit Pass) with travel history within the last 14 days to the following countries/ regions.
With Effect From
All countries/ regions *
20 March 2020, 2359 hrs
ASEAN countries**, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
16 March 2020, 2359 hrs
France, Germany, Italy, Spain
15 March 2020, 2359 hrs
Iran, northern Italy, Republic of Korea
4 March 2020, 2359 hrs
Daegu city or Cheongdo county, Republic of Korea
26 February 2020, 2359 hrs
Mainland China (outside of Hubei)
18 February 2020, 2359 hrs
*  The issuance of Quarantine Order to Singapore residents and long-term pass holders with recent travel history within the last 14 days to Hubei province of China still applies.** Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.
Please go to the ICA website for further information.
Stay Home Notice - FAQs
1. Who is the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) for?
The Stay-Home Notice (SHN) measures apply to those returning to Singapore from the locations listed above and belong to either of the following groups:
a. Singapore residents (i.e. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) with travel history in the last 14 days; and
b. Long-term pass holders (i.e. Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass) and foreign employees issued with a work pass with travel history in the last 14 days.
2. Does this SHN also apply to persons who have travelled to the Special Administrative Regions under China?
No, the SHN applies only to those who have travelled to mainland China (outside of Hubei province).
3. Am I under quarantine orders?
No, you are not under quarantine orders and are not required to have a dedicated room and toilet if this is not feasible. However, you should remain in your place of residence at all times during the 14 day period.
4. What is the difference between leave of absence and the new Stay-Home Notice?
Persons taking leave of absence are allowed to leave their place of residence to purchase daily necessities or to attend to important personal matters. Persons issued a SHN should remain in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period.
5. What if I do not comply to the SHN?
If you fail to comply with the SHN, you may face the following penalties, as you have put the well-being of the wider community at risk:
- You may be prosecuted under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act 3;
- If you are a Singapore Permanent Resident, Long-Term Visit Pass holder, Dependant’s Pass holder, or Student’s Pass holder, your Re-Entry Permit or passes may be revoked or the validity shortened;
- If you are a foreign employee issued with a work pass, your work pass may be revoked. This is because the SHN is imposed on you pursuant to Section 7(4)(a) of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act4; and
- If your child/ward is a full-time student attending a preschool, school or other educational institution in Singapore, your child/ward might be subjected to disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal. For foreign students, this may include the cancellation of your child’s/ward’s Student’s Pass or Dependant’s Pass.
6. Can my family members continue to stay with me during this time? Are they at risk of infection?
Your family members may continue to live with you. However, you and your family should observe good personal hygiene practices (refer to guidelines). If you become unwell, avoid contact with your
family members and seek medical attention immediately (see Q7).
7. What if I require medical attention while on SHN?
For life-threatening cases such as cardiac arrest, active seizures, breathlessness, major traumas and stroke, please call 995 directly for assistance; and
For non-emergencies (such as cough or fever, follow-up visits for chronic conditions, refilling of prescription, etc.):
- For Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Visit Pass holders, you may contact the People’s Association (PA) at 63448222. PA will assist you to make the necessary arrangements with the nearest Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) or GP clinic, or to arrange for a house call by a GP (for those with mobility issues). Please inform the staff and doctor of your travel history and that you have been issued a SHN;
- For students/ pre-school students, you can seek assistance from your school or MOE/ECDA; and
- For foreign employees issued with a work pass, you should contact your employer.
8. If I am worried about my status (whether or not I am infected), can I go to a hospital / National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) to get tested?
Diagnostic testing is available for symptomatic individuals who are admitted to hospital on suspicion of infection. If you develop fever, cough or breathlessness, or are feeling unwell, you should seek medical attention (see Q7). Your doctor will assess and refer you to the hospital if necessary.
9. My family members/ flatmates/ tenants have just returned from mainland China. Can I still carry on with my daily activities (e.g. work, school)?
Yes, the SHN applies only to persons returning from mainland China. Nonetheless, you should continue to monitor your health, observe good personal hygiene and seek medical attention if unwell.
10. Do I need to declare to my employers/schools regarding my travel history?
Person who have returned from and of the current SHN advisory locations are advised to inform their employers or schools regarding their travel history. This is so that your employer or school can provide the necessary assistance to facilitate your SHN.
11. Can I send my employees/ students to the doctor to get tested at the end of the 14-day period so that they can be cleared to come back to work/return to school?
It is not useful to send persons who do not have symptoms to the doctor/ hospital for testing. Such individuals will not be offered diagnostic testing, and will be asked to return home.
12. If I am delivering food/ supplies to a person under SHN, should I wear a mask or other protective equipment to protect myself?
There is no need for masks or other protective equipment. The delivery can be conducted in such a way as to minimise contact with the person under SHN. The SHN is a precautionary measure and
persons under SHN are not close contacts of confirmed cases.
13. Where do I get the latest information on the disease situation?
Health advisories and latest information on the local disease situation is available on the Singapore Ministry of Health website at www.moh.gov.sg. For queries, please call the MOH general enquiry hotline at 6325 9220. For the latest global disease situation, you may wish to refer to information on the World Health Organisation website at www.who.int.
|ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PREVENT FURTHER|
|ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO ESCALATING GLOBAL SITUATION (requires myStamford login)|
|MOH Health Advisory for Persons Issued with SHN.pdf (requires myStamford login)|
|MOH Advisory Stay Home Notice.pdf (requires myStamford login)|
|Pre-Arrival Form Student - COVID-19.docx (requires myStamford login)|
|Pre-Arrival Notification Letter (Returning Students).docx (requires myStamford login)|
Leave of Absence (LOA)
Since 31 Jan 2020, as part of the enhanced measures to limit the risk that travelers from China pose to Singapore, the following groups of people will be placed on Leave of Absence (LOA):
Returning residents (Singaporeans and Permanent Residents) with travel history to Mainland China (outside of Hubei) within the last 14 days
Returning long-term pass holders (including work passes, Dependent Pass, and Long Term Visit Pass) with travel history to Mainland China (outside of Hubei) within the last 14 days
With the introduction of Stay-Home Notice (SHN) after 18 Feb 2020 2359h, the Government no longer issue LOAs to returnees with recent travel history to mainland China (outside of Hubei). Persons serving LOA at the point of implementation of SHN continued serving out their LOA.
Following advisories from the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Committee for Private Education (CPE), we will be canceling large group and communal activities, and community events until further notice.
MOH has defined that a large group means a gathering of more than one MOE-class size, which is 40 people. Close contact would be between people who are within 2 meters and spend a prolonged period of time, about 30 minutes or more, with the individual.
This will include gatherings such as assemblies, in-country field trips, and mass celebrations and community events such as PTA movie night, International Fiesta, Village Fair and parent coffee mornings.
Stamford will be conducting temperature screenings for staff, students, parents and visitors during the peak morning drop-off period from 7.30am till 8.45am at Woodleigh and from 8.30am till 9.15am at the Early Learning Village. We will also be closing off certain access points from the carpark, and at the Early Learning Village we will ground lifts. This is critical in managing on-campus traffic differently to aid the temperature screening in the morning.
Throughout the school day, we will continue with our health procedures of monitoring students closely in their classrooms and sending them to the Health Centers for assessment should they present with any symptoms of respiratory infection.
All visitors must complete the Visitor Declaration form here. You may be asked to pre-fill the form as it helps facilitate pre-qualifying entries into Stamford based on travel declarations. However, please note you will be required to complete the form again when you arrive on campus (both at Woodleigh and the Early Learning Village) due to the health screening questions that are mandatory to keep our community safe.
We understand that some of the measures above may be of inconvenience to you. We appreciate your understanding and assistance in keeping the Stamford community safe.