Dear ICS Community,
Thank you for your support of ICS as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 situation. As you are aware, the Covid-19 situation has changed globally over the last few days. We continue to follow the directives sent out by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and Committee for Private Education (CPE). We would like to provide you with answers to some frequently asked questions.
As we approach this long weekend and spring break, how is ICS monitoring student travel?
ICS is required by CPE to have all students complete a new travel declaration form for every student from 01 February through 31 July 2020. A form must also be completed for parents, helpers, and other individuals living in the home with the student. The deadline to complete this form is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26.
As you make your travel plans, please be aware of the Singapore government's most recent travel recommendations from 23 February regarding travel to mainland China and certain parts of South Korea. Please continue to monitor the Singapore government's travel recommendations as Covid-19 continues to spread globally.
How will ICS support my child in the event he or she is asked to stay home from school due to respiratory symptoms?
In our February 20 communication, we stated, "If your child is exhibiting any respiratory symptoms (including sore throat, fever, cough, and runny nose), please keep your child home and seek medical treatment for your child. Students who exhibit any sign of respiratory symptoms will be required to have a doctor's medical clearance note to return to school. Students will be required to be examined by the First Aid Office and submit the medical clearance upon their return to school."
The Singapore government is asking all individuals with respiratory symptoms to stay home and seek medical advice. Please rest assured that if your child is being kept home during this time due to the government's request regarding respiratory symptoms, this absence will not count against him or her losing credit provided your child returns to school with a medical clearance from a doctor.
If a student is living in a home with someone who is issued an SHN from now until 31 July 2020, the student's parent or guardian must notify ICS immediately. ICS is requiring the student to be on a Leave of Absence (LOA) for the 14 days the individual in the home is serving the SHN. When the SHN is lifted, the ICS student may return to school.Students who are required to stay home will continue to be supported by their teachers through Schoology. However, learning is maximized when your child is in the classroom. Unless your child is exhibiting the symptoms listed above or is on an LOA, Stay-Home Notice (SHN), or quarantine order, we look forward to having him or her here at school with us.
How is ICS handling the MOE's directive to suspend large group and communal activities? Do you have any updates regarding previously scheduled events such as Week Without Walls and International Night?
The MOE and CPE have stated that schools need to limit large gatherings of students. As previously communicated, ICS has defined this number to be gatherings of less than 100 individuals.
This directive also means ICS has had to modify or cancel some events that are considered to be hallmarks of our school year, including Mandarin Day and Week Without Walls. We are grateful we have the ability to film some of these events, such as Mandarin Day, the Grades 2 and 3 play, and the Grade 4 Masterpiece presentation, to be able to share them with our community. The links will be made available to the community in the coming weeks.
Week Without Walls and Faithworks events will be held on campus March 9-13 for high school students and March 31 - April 3 for middle school students. A special thank you to Ms. Bandy and Mr. Byrd for planning alternative activities on our campus that will still meet the goal of allowing our students to serve and grow.
We are committed to making decisions regarding whether to modify or cancel events at least 30 days prior to the event. Unfortunately, as we looked ahead towards upcoming events, we had to make the hard decision to cancel International Night; however, students are still invited that day to wear dress that represents a country they consider home. International Night will return in Spring 2021.
We continue to make every effort to stay on top of information regarding Covid-19 and to remain proactive while providing the best possible learning environment for your children. Thank you again for your support and understanding as we move forward together as a community.
Dr. J.P. Rader