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.
Leave of Absence (LOA)
In line with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Committee for Private Education (CPE)’s precautionary measures, all staff and students who have returned from Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) on 15th January 2020 or later will be placed on LOA for a period of 14 days, starting from the first day after return.
For example, if a student returns to Singapore from mainland China on 27th January, their LOA would last from 28th January to 10th February and they would be able to return to school on 11th February if they are healthy. Do refer to the infographic from the MOE below:
The 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) applies to the 3 returning groups below, without exception. The LOA starts from the day of arrival in Singapore from China. This applies to students and staff who return from 14 January 2020 or later.
The 3 specific groups are:
- All staff and students returning from Hubei
- All students returning from the rest of mainland China
- All frontline staff returning from the rest of mainland China (excluding Hubei)
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.