Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
April 1, 2020: Online Classroom Highlights
March 29, 2020: New information from the Ministry of Education and Committee for Private Education
March 23, 2020: Important information on online learning for March 30 - April 7
March 19, 2020: Spring break extended till March 27, online learning commences March 30
March 17, 2020: Updated Singapore government travel advisories and ICS event cancellations
March 5, 2020: Government Stay-Home Notices extended to include returnees from South Korea, northern Italy, and Iran
February 27, 2020: Updated government travel ban to include Daegu city and Cheongdo county, Republic of Korea.
February 25, 2020: Event status updates and answers to frequently asked questions.
February 20, 2020: New measures introduced against COVID-19.
February 12, 2020: Important information regarding decisions for upcoming activities and events.
February 10, 2020: Contingency plans in the event of school closure
February 8, 2020: Suspension of after-school activities (ECAs, athletics, detention, and so on) and increased temperature screenings
February 5, 2020: Cancellation of Week Without Walls and FaithWorks Trips; additional schoolwide measures in place
February 2, 2020: Possible cancellation of Week Without Walls and FaithWorks trips
January 28, 2020: Measures and guidelines issued by the Singapore government for schools.
Events and Activities Status
- March 27 International Night: Canceled
- March 31 FaithWorks: Canceled until futher notice
- April 25 Spring Fest: Canceled
- Competitive games: Canceled
- Sports practices: On-campus practices begin February 17
- ECAs: Season 3 will begin February 17
- Library: Closed before school and after school at 3:10pm
- PTF events: Canceled until further notice
- Afterschool Tutoring: Resumes February 17
- NHS Tutoring: Canceled until further notice
(updated March 19, 2020)
ICS prioritizes the health and safety of our community and has implemented the following safety measures, effective IMMEDIATELY. These measures were created in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Singapore Ministry of Education and the Singapore Ministry of Health and in response to the DORSCON level elevation from yellow to orange on February 7, 2020.
- Drop off/Pick-up - The ICS Campus is open to parents and helpers for drop-off from 7:30–8:05 am and pick-up from 3:00–3:30 pm. The ICS Campus will be closed to all students, parents, and helpers at 3:30 pm
- Back Gate Closed - Effective immediately, all entry to and exit from ICS will be limited to the front gate. The back gate will remain closed until further notice. All visitors, ICS Staff, and students must stop at the front gate for a mandatory temperature check at all times before entering our campus.
- ICS ID Card - You will not be allowed onto the ICS campus without an ICS ID card. Effective February 11 (Tuesday), parents and helpers without ID cards are required to drop off/pick up their child at the front gate. Visitors without a pre-scheduled appointment will not be allowed onto campus.
- Mandatory Temperature Screening - Every person who enters the campus will have to stop at the security booth for a temperature check. Students, faculty, staff will undergo temperature checks twice a day. Please continue to take your child's temperature before he or she leaves for school. If they have a temperature reading of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher, please keep your child at home.
ICS can, and will, deny entry onto campus to any person for whom the following applies:
- If you have travelled to China, South Korea, northern Italy*, or Iran within the last 14 days
- If you have had direct contact with family members who have travelled to or from China, South Korea, northern Italy*, or Iran in the last 14 days
- If you have a temperature reading of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher
- If you are exhibiting signs of illness (such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing, and so on)
- If you have had a fever or taken medication for a fever within the last 48 hours
Health and Safety Protocols
Temperature Screening and Hygiene Procedures
All students, faculty, and staff will undergo twice daily on-campus temperature checks. Any student with a temperature reading of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher will be sent home immediately. Our First Aid Officers will be on standby to assist our faculty with temperature screening and to handle more critical medical issues as needed.
If your student is sent home with a temperature reading of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher, the student may return to school if:
- He or she has not traveled internationally in the last two weeks
- He or she has been fever and symptom free for 48 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's health, please seek advice from your family doctor.
Elementary students are being taken to wash their hands before and after lunch, snack, and recess times. Middle and high school students are given constant reminders by their teachers to wash their hands before meals.
The ICS maintenance and cleaning staff have increased the frequency with which they disinfect classrooms and on-campus entry surfaces.
Travel Declaration Form
ICS is requiring parents and students to fill out a travel declaration form for all individuals living in a student’s house from 01 February 2020 to 31 July 2020. A separate form will need to be filled out for each individual; this includes mothers, fathers, guardians, helpers, and any other individuals living in the same house as the student. You are still required to provide a nil response if you will not be traveling anywhere.
Please continue to update the travel declaration form as your plans change.
Stay-Home Notice (SHN)
In accordance with the requirements set forth by the Singapore Ministry of Health and Singapore Ministry of Education, as of 20 March 2020, 23:59, all Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Long Term Pass holders and short term visitors entering Singapore will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Please note the SHN policy has been updated to include persons transiting in identified affected areas.
Returnees under the new SHN regime are confined to their place of residence and prohibited from leaving at all times. The SHN replaces the current LOA regime and will come into effect from February 18, 2020, at 2359. To safeguard the health of the community, the Singapore Government has put in place surveillance and enforcement measures to ensure that the SHN is observed.
If a student or a member of the household the student lives in is issued a SHN, you are required to notify ICS immediately. As a gentle reminder, if a student is living in a home with someone who is issued a 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.
Please submit this form if you observe an ICS student or employee breaching their official Stay-Home Notice (SHN). This incident will be investigated and reported to the appropriate Singapore government officials. If you would like to contact the school directly, please email email@example.com.
To read more about the SHN please refer to the Singapore Ministry of Health's press release here.
(updated March 19, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities still going on?
- What will our students be doing for Week Without Walls (WWW)/FaithWorks instead?
- Do the travel regulations also apply to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau?
- Who needs to complete the travel declaration form?
- How does the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) affect students on student visas? Does the SHN count as an absence?
- How do I stay updated?
- Why doesn't ICS require masks?
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Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) Locator
As part of the Singapore Government's latest measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health has activated a network of clinics for the treatment of respiratory symptoms. Find the nearest clinic here.
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