1. What is the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) is a new strain that has not been previously known in humans, has been identified in China. The Covid-19 has caused cases of severe pneumonia in China and cases have been exported to other cities and countries.
2. What are the common signs of infection for Covid-19?
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
3. If I transit in China without leaving the airport, am I considered to have travelled to China?
No. With reference to Singapore's Ministry of Health's (MOH) circular 15/2020: "transit only in an airport located in mainland China is not considered as having travelled to mainland China."
4. I'm a Singaporean citizen and I need help overseas from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
You can call their 24 hour hotline (65) 6379 8000 or visit this website for the contact details of the nearest Embassy, High Commission, Permanent Mission, Consulate-General/Consulate and Trade Office.
5. What is considered close contact?
Ministry of Health's Director of Communicable Diseases, Associate Professor Vernon Lee, said that "To be a close contact, you have to spend a reasonable amount of time in really close proximity - usually around 2m - of the person. You need distance and time, it is not just casual contact like brushing past or walking by, in a transient kind of moment."Source: The Straits Times
6. How do I contact MOH for clarifications on whether a leave of absence for children is required?
You may call the MOH hotline at (65) 6325 9220.
7. What is the difference between a Home Quarantine Order (HQO), Leave of Absence (LOA) and Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?
Home Quarantine Order (HQO) - A HQO is served to healthy individuals who have a higher risk of exposure to the virus, such as someone who has close contact with an infected person. HQOs have legal force, with severe penalties for non-compliance. Quarantine usually occurs in the home but can also be served in dedicated Government Quarantine Facilities (GQFs) or hospitals, should the individual not have suitable accommodation in Singapore.
Leave of Absence (LOA) - An LOA is also issued to students and staff who are healthy, but have recently travelled to Mainland China. So it is a precautionary measure. Although LOAs are not legally binding, we strongly urge those on LOA to be socially responsible and comply with the LOA, to prevent possible transmission of infections. Students and staff on LOAs are not required to stay at home and be isolated at all times. During the LOA, students and staff are expected to:
Stay-Home Notice (SHN) - Those placed under the SHN are not under quarantine orders; and are not required to have a dedicated room and toilet if this is not feasible. However, they should remain in their place of residence. Persons on LOA are allowed to leave their place of residence to purchase daily necessities or to attend to important personal matters. Persons issued a SHN must remain in their place of residence at all times.8. Are vendors, canteen staff, freelance coaches also covered under the LOA measure?
Yes. The LOA provisions cover teaching staff, non-teaching staff, such as administrators, and other non-school staff, including canteen vendors, security guards.
|23 Mar 2020||
EtonHouse Pre-Schools re-opened after the March school holidays, with fresh precautions against COVID-19, including a leave of absence (LOA) for those who travelled during the holidays.
Channel News Asia visited our Upper Bukit Timah campus to interview us about our additional measures. Watch here.
|20 Mar 2020||
14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) applies to all returning travellers, WEF 20 Mar 2359hr.
Parents are requested to re-declare travel plans on updated form in Student Management Portal.
|15 Mar 2020||
Travel declaration form updated to ask if children and staff have close contact with those who have traveled to ASEAN countries, Japan, UK, or Switzerland. Parents and staff are requested to refill the travel declaration form if needed.
|4 Mar 2020||
Channel News Asia's documentary 'Stronger-The Battle Against Covid-19' captures the story of the EtonHouse community and how we are fighting the virus. Watch here.
|4 Mar 2020||
Travel declaration form updated to request for specific cities and to include a wider travel period to December 2020. Parents and staff are requested to refill the travel declaration form if needed.
|28 Feb 2020|
|26 Feb 2020||
The Stay-Home Notice (SHN) is extended to Singapore residents, long-term pass holders, and work pass holders with travel history to Daegu city and Cheongdo county, Republic of Korea, in the last 14 days.
|25 Feb 2020||
‘A New Virus has Arrived’ translated into Vietnamese
|19 Feb 2020||
8,000 printed copies of the book ‘A New Virus has Arrived’ sent to EtonHouse schools, Middleton international school, E-Bridge pre-schools, ECDA, KKH, Children's Society, etc
|17 Feb 2020||
MOH introduced the “Stay-Home Notice” (SHN) for Singapore residents (i.e. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) and long-term pass holders (i.e. Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass) returning to Singapore (press release here)
|12 Feb 2020|
|9 Feb 2020||EtonHouse Community Fund develops at-home kits for children on LOA in the E-Bridge Pre-School and NTUC My First Skool (The Straits Times story here)|
|7 Feb 2020||Singapore raises DORSCON level from yellow to orange|
|6 Feb 2020||EtonHouse Community Fund launches ‘A new virus has arrived’- an illustrative bilingual E-book parents can download to explain the Covid-19 situation to their children in a sensitive and meaningful way. (download here)|
|29 Jan 2020||
EtonHouse postpones 25th-anniversary gala dinner and the Guinness World Record attempt
|28 Jan 2020||Mediacorp News visits EtonHouse Pre-School to interview us on our precautionary measures (watch Channel 8’s report here and Channel News Asia’s report here)|
|27 Jan 2020||EtonHouse advises staff and children returning from China to take Leave of Absence, activated employee safety checks to ensure all staff are safe and are rendered assistance if required|
|24 Jan 2020||EtonHouse implements temperature screening and health checks for all staff and children at least twice a day|
|23 Jan 2020||
Singapore confirms its 1st imported Covid-19 (Coronavirus) case- a Chinese national from Wuhan
EtonHouse sets up Coronavirus Task Force, launches Covid-19 portal with SOPs, updates, FAQs, infection control risk assessment, visitor log book templates, epidemic response plan, virus control measures summary, and children & staff illness monitoring logs.
EtonHouse sends letter to parents about precautionary measures being taken
|22 Jan 2020||
EtonHouse sends travel declaration form for all staff and provides information & policy on control and prevention of infection.Procured masks, thermometers, gloves to equip staff to implement all precautionary measures before the schools reopened after the Chinese New Year break
Learning at Home:
Travel declaration (Families) - On 19th and 20th March 2020, the latest travel declaration form is sent via email to all EtonHouse families in Singapore.
With effect from 16 March 2020, 2359 hours, the Singapore government has extended Stay Home Notice (SHN) to all with travel history to Mainland China (excl Hubei), Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, ASEAN countries, Japan, Switzerland, or UK, in last 14 days. SHN will not apply to Singaporeans and Malaysians at land and sea crossings with Malaysia.
With effect from 4 March 2020, 2359 hours, the Singapore government has extended Stay Home Notice (SHN) to all Singapore residents and work pass holders with travel history to China, Republic of Korea, Northern Italy, or Iran in the last 14 days with immediate effect.
25th-Anniversary Gala Dinner: This year, EtonHouse celebrates its 25th anniversary. A special appreciation dinner was originally scheduled to be held in Shangri-la hotel on Wednesday, 11th March 2020. The event has been postponed to 23rd October 2020.
Guinness World Record Attempt: To Commemorate the EtonHouse 25th anniversary and reinforce our commitment to our approach, the EtonHouse community will attempt a record for the Guinness Book for the most pairs reading aloud to each other in a one-sentence alternating relay”, using Loris Malguzzi’s ‘100 Languages’ poem, in the presence of invited guests, media and an Official Adjudicator from Guinness World Records. This was originally scheduled to be held on Friday, 21st February 2020. The event has been postponed to 24th September 2020.
Night of Tales: This is a series of school-wide community events with evening performances inspired by stories that children love. It has been postponed till further notice.
Open House Events: The Open House events for February, March and April were cancelled. We however continue to organise school tours in smaller groups, with 6 campuses offering exclusive promotions in March and April 2020. Details can be found here.
EtonHouse Head Office
178 Clemenceau Avenue #06-00
Haw Par Glass Tower Singapore 239926
Tel +65 6746 3333
Fax +65 6746 0332
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