2 students & 1 teacher test positive for Covid-19, Fuchun Primary School & Frontier Primary School to shift to home-based learning

Both schools have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Jason Fan | May 17, 2021, 08:54 PM

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Fuchun Primary School and Frontier Primary School have both shifted to Home-Based Learning (HBL) from Monday (May 17), after positive Covid-19 cases were detected within the schools.

Both schools have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and close contacts of the confirmed cases have also been placed on Quarantine Order, and will undergo Covid-19 PCR swab tests.

Contact tracing is underway

According to a Ministry of Education (MOE) press release, a student from Fuchun Primary School tested positive for Covid-19 on May 16, 2021.

The student was last in school on May 12, and was well.

He had been placed on Quarantine Order from May 12, as his household member had tested positive for the virus.

On the same day, a teacher from Frontier Primary School also tested positive for Covid-19.

The teacher was last in school on May 14, and was well.

She developed Acute Respiratory Infection symptoms later that day, and consulted a doctor in the evening.

According to MOE, investigations and contact tracing conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) are currently underway for both cases, and MOE is in contact with the schools to provide the necessary support for teachers and students in conducting online learning.

Another confirmed case linked to tuition centre cluster at Parkway Centre

In addition, a student from Maha Bodhi School also tested positive for Covid-19 on May 16, 2021.

The student had been placed on Quarantine Order from May 14, as she had attended the same external student care centre, Seedlings World Student Care @ Frankel, as an earlier confirmed case from St Stephen's School.

This student from St Stephen's School had attended classes run by an infected private tutor at Learning Point Tuition Centre (Parkway Centre).

The student was last in school on May 12, and was well.

According to MOE, as this is a linked case, where the student developed symptoms after being quarantined, MOH does not require contact tracing among school contacts.

"As such, the school will continue with physical lessons from May 17 to May 18, before starting full HBL on May 19. MOE will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work with the school and parents to ensure the well-being of staff and students," said MOE.

Other schools will begin HBL on May 19

On Sunday (May 16), the Multi-Ministry Task Force (MTF) announced that starting Wednesday (May 19), all primary, secondary, junior college (JC) and Millennia Institute (MI) students, including students from Special Education (SPED) schools, will shift to full HBL till the end of the term, on May 28.

All centre-based tuition and enrichment classes are also advised to move activities online, till the end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert),

According to MOE, these measures are necessary to reduce the intermingling of students from different schools, and will enhance their safety.

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