Covid-19 FAQ

Last updated on 17/06/2020

The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities. The health measures that we have taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak are detailed below and have been guided by the Singapore Government recommendations (MOE, MOH) we have received to date. Beyond these regulations, we are in close contact with International SOS, the French Embassy in Singapore as well as the other AEFE establishments in the Asia Pacific region. These measures are to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps and guarantee a maximum level of protection for all students and staff while facilitating the continuity of teaching as far as possible.


The situation is continually evolving. Please read this FAQ carefully and remain alert to any new communication sent by the school on this subject.

Thank you for your cooperation. The help and collaboration across our entire community is necessary to manage the coming weeks. These measures guarantee optimal security without causing panic.

CONTINUITY OF LEARNING

Guidelines for the reopening of IFS

The school will implement a staggered return, with weekly alternation of face-to-face teaching and home-based learning

The resumption will be carried out within the framework of a calendar which must allow for the staggered reception of students at school:

  • Kindergarten
    • MS and GS students welcome from 2nd June
    • Students from TPS and PS welcome back the week of 8th June
  • Elementary and Secondary
    • the calendar takes into account the fact that we have to limit the return to 50% of the students each week,
    • and alternates one week out of two, face-to-face / home-based learning.

The calendar below specifies the weeks we are welcoming students back in classrooms. Home-based learning as it was practised for the past three weeks will be maintained during the other weeks, except for Terminales students.

Ifs Reopening Schedule

This plan applies till 26 June, the date announced by the Singaporean government for the end of phase 1. We will get back to you for the organisation of the week from 28 June to 3 July in due course.

  • The presence of students is required during face-to-face weeks. Home-based learning is not provided during face-to-face weeks.
  • Food and transportation services will be in place as of 2 June.
  • 1 June is a home-based learning day for all classes.
  • 12 June is a day off.
  • The details specific to each cycle/level will be communicated tomorrow by the educational secretariats of the schools on which your children depend.


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Resumption of face-to-face classes on 2 June

We are coming to the end of this first phase of the “circuit breaker”, initially scheduled until 1 June inclusive. The government released information on 19 May on the recovery conditions to be implemented 2 June and has laid the groundwork for a plan spread over the next few weeks and months. The CPE (Committee for Private Education) has clarified the conditions that apply to international schools.

The main principles are:

  • Kindergarten : the return of MS and GS students from 2 June, and the return of TPS and PS students the week of 8 June.
  • Elementary : school attendance limited to 50% of students.
  • Secondary, grades from 6ème to 2nde : return to school limited to 50% of students.
  • Secondary, grades 1ère and Terminale : return limited to high school to 50% of students.

There will, therefore, be a weekly alternation between face-to-face and home-based education for primary and secondary students during the four weeks from 2 June to 2 July.

We are in the process of discussing the critical aspects of this face-to-face resumption with the CPE. We are working on a plan integrating the sanitary and social distancing measures to be implemented and the face-to-face/distancing alternation times to be defined by level. This must be submitted to the CPE for approval.

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IFS Home-based teaching & learning programme 2020

Click here to view our home-based learning continuity plan.

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Use of the ZOOM video conferencing tool

The educational team selected Zoom from other platforms for some of its functionalities which are particularly well suited to home-based learning.

  1. Teachers have greater control over their students and the virtual classroom environment.
  2. Teachers have greater visibility of their students and the class as a whole.
  3. Teachers can lock the Zoom client to allow users to join the class only from the school account.
  4. Teachers can approve or deny screen sharing for students.
  5. Teachers can authorize or cut the participants’ voices.
  6. Teachers can limit or prohibit discussion between students and make sure they are focused on the lesson in progress.

Also, according to the responses to the questionnaire following the two days of testing, more than 90% of parents consider this tool suitable.

We, therefore, wish to continue using Zoom, since we can now ensure that the security conditions necessary for our activity are met.

Zoom has implemented critical features in recent days to secure its use and protect its users. IFS is deploying this weekend a configuration of Zoom parameters on all future videoconferences so that from Monday, 13 April the following measures are systematically applied:

  • The use of a unique identification number and password for each video
  • Sharing the Zoom meeting link and its password communicated only in the week or on Pronote (and not in an email to parents/students)
  • Access control for each participant in the meeting, via an authorization request to join the session (passage through a virtual waiting room)
  • The inability for students to:
    • record the meeting,
    • to make private chats,
    • to share their screen or their documents.

In doing so, we are confident in our ability to continue to provide quality home-based education while respecting the criteria of student safety and protection.

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Continuity of Learning

As of Wednesday, April 8, home-based education applies for all days of the week, and all IFS students. The teams are ready. The results of the two days of testing were positive. And thanks to the cooperation of each of you, we are confident in the quality of our home-based programme.

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Secondary home-based learning

The google site dedicated to distance learning for secondary school students : https://sites.google.com/ifs.edu.sg/ensadistance-secondaire/accueil

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Elementary educational support

This principle is applied when students are absent while the school operates according to the usual timetables for face-to-face teaching.

It allows absent pupils to be informed of what is done in class during the day, to be able to carry out certain activities and to be aware of the homework given.

Teachers use the classroom site or parent emails to do this.

  • Digital tools: the class site and G Suite.


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Elementary home-based learning

This principle is applied when face-to-face lessons cannot be provided.

Teachers provide a weekly work plan with mandatory and other optional activities. The teacher addresses his students each morning through a video clip. The teacher is available at specific times by email or Zoom meeting.

The student reads the lessons, documents and performs the requested work. He sends his work according to the modality specified by the teacher.

A weekly videoconference contact session between teacher and class is set up.

The objective of this session is school mediation while maintaining a link between the students and the teacher.

  • Digital tools: class site, Zoom Meetings and G Suite.


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Educational support in Kindergarten

This principle is applied when the students are absent while the school operates according to the usual timetables for face-to-face teaching.

The teachers communicate by email with the parents to inform them of the main activities of the class during the day and suggest that they carry them out at home.

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Home-based learning in Kindergarten

This principle is applied when face-to-face lessons cannot be provided.

Teachers provide a weekly work plan with mandatory and other optional activities. The teacher addresses his students each morning through a video clip. The teacher is available at specific times by email.

The family reads the information and documents, and supports the child in carrying out the proposed activities.

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EXAMINATIONS

The French national brevet diploma and French baccalauréat

The Minister’s comments :
The general principle: all the tests of the diplôme national du brevet (French national brevet diploma) and the general baccalauréat are validated on the basis of the marks in the school report, with the exception of the oral exam of the baccalauréat de français, which is maintained.

Mr. Blanquer’s press release :
https://www.education.gouv.fr/adaptation-des-modalites-de-passage-des-examens-nationaux-303363

FAQ of The French Ministry of National Education :
https://www.education.gouv.fr/bac-brevet-2020-les-reponses-vos-questions-303348

In place for the following grade levels :

  • For students in troisième (grade 9) :
    • The French national brevet diploma will be obtained on the basis of the average of the marks obtained by the student during the three terms of 3ème with the exception of the marks obtained in the disciplines concerned during confinement.
  • For students in première (grade 11) :
    • The French Baccalaureate written examination: the mark in the French Baccalaureate written examination will be the average of the marks obtained by the student throughout the year in that discipline excluding the marks obtained during the period of confinement.
    • The oral examination of the French Baccalaureate will be administered as planned, at the end of June and the beginning of July, on the basis of a list of at least 15 texts in the general track and 12 texts in the technological track, which will be validated by the teacher ;
    • In the technology stream, students will not be evaluated on their marks during the year under continuous assessment (contrôle continu) in history-geography, modern languages, mathematics. In these subjects, the average that will be used for the baccalaureat will be the sum of the marks in the common exams taken this year and those taken in terminale.
    • The examination relating to the speciality subject which is not pursued in terminale and the examination relating to scientific education are validated by the marks obtained throughout the year by the student in these two disciplines, with the exception of marks obtained during confinement.
  • For students in terminale (grade 12) :
    • For terminal students in the general and technological streams, all the examinations will validated by the marks obtained in the disciplines concerned during the three terms of terminale, with the exception of marks obtained during the confinement period.


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School marks during the period of confinement

Since the baccalauréat is validated by continuous assessments, why are the marks obtained during the confinement period not taken into account?

Not taking into account marks during the confinement period is a decision of the Ministry of Education which applies to all French schools.

We are currently awaiting further information from the Ministry and the AEFE on the rules for calculating the final mark of the baccalauréat based on continuous assessment.

As soon as we receive consolidated information from our supervisory bodies, we will analyse it and get back to the educational community.

The commitment of the students during this period of confinement will be indicated in their school report card.

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FINANCE

Scholarship application deadline

The application deadline for the 2020/2021 academic year has been extended to 15 May 2020. The income taken into account will be that between April 2019 and April 2020.

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Scholarships – new COVID-19 regulations

In order to support French families financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, adjustments and measures complementary to the existing provisions on school aid have been adopted by the Embassy of France in Singapore.

  1. For the current school year (payment of the third term), families in serious financial difficulty due to the loss of their income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis have the possibility of filing an ex gratia appeal :
    1. the revision of the amount granted if they were already receiving a scholarship ;
    2. or the allocation of a scholarship for the payment of the 3rd trimester tuition fees. This allocation will be made on the basis of the presentation of documents attesting to a very significant drop in income for at least one month.
  2. With regard to applications for scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021, the situation of families will be examined according to two criteria: income and assets.
    1. Income
      In addition to the change in income from the previous year (N-1), evidence of the loss of income at the beginning of 2020 may be taken into account. On this basis, the Consular Scholarship Board (CCB) will be able to propose a higher amount than that envisaged, or even to open a scholarship for a family which is clearly experiencing a significant change in their financial situation, with the aim, in the latter case, of enabling the families concerned to ensure the return of their child(ren) to school in any event..
    2. Assets
      The CCB will have the possibility, exceptionally and in view of the circumstances, to change the threshold for movable and immovable property up to a limit of €100,000 for movable property and €250,000 for immovable property (so no change for Singapore, which already had the highest thresholds).

Further information about the application process can be found on the website of the Embassy of France. The application form and the list of supporting documents are available for download.

For any question on the bursary, please call +65 6805 0130 or send an email to [email protected].

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HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

Wearing of masks

Wearing a mask is mandatory for all persons over 2 years of age.

Nevertheless, within school grounds, a face shield is tolerated in place of the mask for primary school children and teaching staff.

Secondary school pupils and non-teaching staff who are unable to wear a mask due to special circumstances must inform the health service.

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SafeEntry – entering IFS

Anyone (students, parents, employees, etc.) who enters one of the IFS campuses must register on SafeEntry.

For primary school students access to the school is as usual. SafeEntry is done in the classrooms by the teachers. No ID is required for primary students.

For secondary students, entry to the school requires registration at the SafeEntry entrance. There are two options. Students in possession of a mobile phone can show the registration at SafeEntry (via the QR code) or present an ID (NRIC, DP, Student Pass, birth certificate, etc).

For students, copies of these documents are accepted.

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Enhanced sanitary measures by transport provider, Woodlands Transport

The circuit breaker period has finally come to an end, but preventive measures in the school bus are still necessary to ensure the situation stays controlled. We seek your cooperation to comply to the following:

  • Please check your child’s temperature every morning before boarding the bus. If your child has a fever, or if he/she has difficulty breathing, coughing or a runny nose, please do not send him/her on the bus.
  • Please ensure your child has a face mask/shield on before leaving home. All students are required to put on the face mask/shield before boarding the bus.
    No student is allowed to board the bus if he/she is not wearing a face mask/shield. Bus crews will also comply to wear the face mask/shield.
  • Bus seating arrangements will be assigned to students by the bus attendant. Students will be assigned to be seated separately unless they are siblings.
    Please kindly remind your child to cooperate with the bus attendant and that he/she has to be seated on their assigned seats at all times.
    Students are to minimise talking on board the bus, to prevent the spread of droplets.
  • Bus drivers will comply to routinely sanitise bus seats and interior with disinfectant before each school trip.


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Reinforced health measures for reopening of IFS

We are preparing a return to the school that preserves the health of our community as much as possible.

  • All Kindergarten staff have been tested for COVID-19 before resumption in the classroom.
  • Staff and students will be required to wear masks on campus.
  • Families whose children have medical exemptions will need to contact the school secretariats to plan alternative arrangements.
  • Parents are responsible for providing their child with two masks, (one of which is a spare) each day before going to school.
  • A system of “Safe Entry” will be set up. It is a requirement for pupils, staff and visitors.
  • Staff on campus will be limited to the extent possible: staff whose presence is not essential to the operation of the school will continue to work from home.
  • We will continue to monitor the temperature of students and staff twice a day.
  • Parents must take their child’s temperature in the morning before they leave home.
  • Access to the campus will be controlled and limited to essential personnel and essential deliveries; parents and visitors will not be able to access the campus.
  • Each of the schools will specify the parents’ access to the campus for drop-off and pick-up of students.
  • Buses will respect the provisions in force and required by the Singaporean authorities. Wearing a mask will be compulsory on school buses.
  • Additional and continuous disinfection of high contact areas and equipment is implemented. Hand washing and disinfection for all are integrated into the school day.


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Use of the swimming pools

There are no contraindications for using the pool. According to International SOS “Swimming itself is safe as pool water contains chlorine and chlorine is known capable to kill COVID-19 virus”.

Pool lessons therefore continue at IFS with the exception of the kindergarten in order to avoid the sharing of facilities with secondary school students.

Pupils who are exempted from the swimming classes require a doctor’s note/certification.

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Postponement of Extra-curricular Activities

Recent measures taken by the Singaporean government to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus have led us to suspend Extra-curricular and AS Activities until further notice.

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Fixed placement in classes and limited trips within the establishment
  • Students are seated in class according to a fixed plan established by the teachers. A further communication will be sent to teachers on this subject.
  • Travel within the school is limited and done in small groups.
  • Access to kindergarten is prohibited for anyone not working for the school.
  • Contact sports are suspended.


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Social distancing measures
Maternelle (Kindergarten)

In order to further strengthen health, hygiene and traceability measures for pupils in the context of COVID-19, new actions will be implemented from 26 March 2020 in the Maternelle:

  • A fixed place will now be assigned to each pupil in the canteen.
  • The number of pupils at recess will be reduced by the use of a new space made available to the kindergarten to better distribute the children.
  • Swimming sessions are cancelled until further notice.

Additional measures concerning the arrival and departure of children will help us to avoid clustering as much as possible and to limit the time parents spend at the Maternelle :

  • Only one adult per family allowed to drop off and pick up children.
  • On arrival from the bus, the pupils will be directed directly to the classrooms by the assistants.
  • The Maternelle doors will be open for students drop off from 8:15 a.m. in order to ease traffic in the corridors. The doors will be open from 3:10 p.m. (12:00 p.m. on Fridays) for pick up.
  • Students will be dropped off at the entrance of the classroom: the adult accompanying them will be asked not to enter the classroom and not to linger in the corridor.
  • People dropping off or picking up children must respect the waiting areas marked out every metre until the Maternelle doors open.
  • The staircase traditionally used to go to the upper levels will be reserved for the exclusive use of the students of Grande Section.
  • The drop-off and pick-up of Moyenne Section (and GMS) pupils will be done via the annex staircase at the end of the corridor of the Petite Section classes; signposts will guide you.
Élémentaire (Elementary)

As part of the new sanitary prevention measures enacted by the Singaporean government, we would like to reduce the number of adults present in Zone R at the end of classes and ensure a smooth departure of students. We are therefore implementing a staggered dismissal of classes. We will test this system on Thursday and Friday, evaluate it and adapt it if necessary for next Monday.

Pupils who do not take the school bus will now be picked up in zone R or Kensington at:

Monday to Thursday Friday
CE1 3:15 pm 12:05 pm
CP 3:20 pm 12:10 pm
CE2, CM1, CM2 3:25 pm 12:15 pm

Gates will open at 3:10 pm. We kindly request that you arrive (only 1 adult per family) just for the time of your child’s pick-up and that you leave the school premises as soon as you have picked up your child.

Access to the Al Fresco cafe will not be possible until further notice.

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Cancellation of school trips, events and trainings

The health and safety of our students is a priority. We have cancelled, until further notice, all overseas trips, school excursions and large group and communal activities such as the Walkathon and regional tournaments.

Please find below the list of all the events that have been cancelled or postponed :

Cancelled

  • Exchange Taiwan
  • Prozap Basket
  • Football Dubai
  • Exchange UWC
  • Dance Show – 14 February
  • Student CNY Show & Semaine Chinoise
  • Chorasie
  • Carnaval
  • Climbing competition
  • SIMUN
  • Rugby competition in Bangkok
  • Prozap Gym Singapore
  • Swimming competition in Sydney
  • Volleyball competition in Shanghai
  • “Maths en Jeans” in Bordeaux
  • “Atelier LIFE” trip in Borneo
  • Francophonie Festival (“Journées de la presse et de la Francophonies”)
  • Walkathon
  • Krabi trip of CM2
  • Zoo trip of CE1


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Control of Temperature Taking

Temperature screening is taken at the entrance of the school for all visitors, staff, secondary students and parents upon arrival. Temperature of students and staff is checked twice a day – on arrival in the morning and at lunchtime.

For Primary school, the teachers will take the twice-daily temperature readings at the start of class in the morning and lunchtime.

In secondary, the first temperature control is upon arrival in the morning at the campus entrance, and the second control at lunchtime.

IMPORTANT

We ask that you take your child’s temperature each morning before sending him or her to school. In the case of a temperature equal to or above 37.5 ° c, please keep your child at home. We need your help to detect any signs of fever as soon as possible and report it to your doctor.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience and possible delays that the implementation of this measure may cause. However, we need your support and cooperation to ensure that the impacts are minimal.

In the case of a temperature equal to or higher than the limit set by our Health Service*:

  • If it is a student, a mask will be given and then he/she will be taken to the infirmary. The nurses will retake his/her temperature. Depending on the results the student will be returned to class or the nurses will contact each parent so that they can arrange the students return home. In the meantime, the student will be kept in the infirmary, under the supervision of the nurses.
  • If it is an adult, (visitor or parent), they will be requested not to enter the campus.
  • If it is an employee, a mask will be given and he/she will be taken to the infirmary. The nurses will retake his/her temperature. depending on his/her temperature results, he/she will be allowed to work or will be sent back home.

* Currently, the limit is set at 38 °, in order to take into account the fact that a significant number of students travel to school by bicycle or on foot.

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Hydroalcoholic Gels

Antibacterial gels should not replace hand washing.

When the level of hygiene should be at its maximum, as it is today, we allow children to bring it to school. Normally, IFS does not want children to have hydroalcoholic gels on them to avoid ingestion.

Each elementary class has a hydroalcoholic solution at its disposal. They are also available in common areas such as entrances and canteens.

In the maternelle (Kindergarten), the teachers, assistants and the nurse have raised daily awareness on the basic rules of hygiene among the children. Hand washing with soap and water is reinforced before and after recess, meals, visits to the toilet, as well as after every “dirty” activity (painting, cooking, etc.) or motor activities. The maternelle does not wish to provide children with hydroalcoholic gels to avoid the risk of ingestion and not to divert the children’s attention from the need for meticulous and regular handwashing.

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Reinforcement of campus cleaning and disinfection measures

We have greatly increased the frequency of school cleaning and disinfection operations. Emphasizing the heavily frequented areas: reception, infirmaries, corridors, school buses, recreational spaces and canteen areas. Our providers are applying the same rule.

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IFS Contractors and Suppliers

All of our service providers in direct or indirect contact with our students are asked about their recent trips. In the event that they, or a relative, have traveled overseas within the last 14 days, the “Leave Of Absence” procedure applies.

Our catering service provider has implemented, in addition to these measures, special measures such as taking temperatures, and providing masks for their employees posted at IFS.

Our transport provider applied a policy of thorough cleaning and disinfection of their buses in addition to ensuring the general cleanliness of their coaches.

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School Visitors

All visitors will be subject to a health and travel questionnaire and temperature check. If the person declares to have returned from overseas within the last 14 days, has a fever or exhibits symptoms of a respiratory illness (cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing) the Health and Safety department will be contacted, and the visitor will not be permitted to enter the school’s premises.

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LEAVE OF ABSENCE (LOA), STAY HOME NOTICE (SHN) AND QUARANTINE ORDERS

IFS COVID-19 Rules
Family situation IFS Response
A member of the household returning from abroad to Singapore from 25 March 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Student will be placed in LOA for a period of 14 days.
  • Students access to home-based learning
Students who have travelled abroad, between 14 March and 20 March
  • Student will be placed on LOA for a period of 14 days. The LOA starts on the day after the resident of the home arrives in Singapore. The day the resident arrives counts as day 0.
  • Students access to home-based learning
A member of the household returning to Singapore from the UK, US or an ASEAN country after 14 March 2020
  • Student will be placed on LOA for a period of 14 days. The LOA starts on the day after the resident of the home arrives in Singapore. The day the resident arrives counts as day 0.
  • Students access to home-based learning
Student and Staff on LOA –  effect from 20 March
  • MOE additional precautionary measures – 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) for students and staff, who have returned from overseas on or after 14 March
  • Students access to home-based learning
  • Family follows guidelines from the Ministry of Health on what to do when a family member is on LOA. 
Parent, brother, sister, helpers and other members living in the household on SHN/QO
  • Student/Staff on QIFS (quarantine by IFS as an additional precautionary measure) for 14 days; 
  • Students access to home-based learning
  • Family follows guidelines from the Ministry of Health on what to do when a family member is on SHN/QO. 
  • If the person in SHN/QO is a dependant of the IFS employee, 1] pre-approval of the MOM is required before coming back to Singapore, 2] joined obligations of the employee/IFS regarding the SHN/QO 
Parent on QO (but not a confirmed case)
  • Student stays at home for the duration of the parent QO; home-based learning
  • Family follows guidelines from the Ministry of Health on what to do when a family member is on QO
Student or staff member on SHN/QO
  • Student or staff member stays at home; student access to home-based learning. 
  • Joined obligation of student/employee/IFS to ensure the proper functioning of SHN/QO
  • Family members of student or staff follow guidelines from the Ministry of Health on what to do when a family member is on SHN/QO
Student or staff member on QO (but not a confirmed case)
  • Student or staff member stays at home: home-based learning
  • Family members follow guidelines from MoH
  • School follows any additional guidelines from MoH regarding any additional measures
Parent in our community is a confirmed COVID-19 case (has not recently been on campus)
  • Class/department is informed while protecting personal data & respecting medical confidentiality. 
  • Child stays at home; home-based learning
  • Additional cleaning of all relevant spaces
  • MoH liaises with school on specific measures to be taken
Student, staff member, or parent who has recently been on campus, is a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • Class/department is informed while protecting personal data & respecting medical confidentiality. 
  • Child or staff member stays at home; student home-based learning
  • Deep cleaning of all relevant spaces
  • MoH liaises with the school on specific measures to be taken and controls our response

For more information, visit:
https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/faqs

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Stay-Home Notice (SHN)

Not sure how to count the LOA/SHN period? Use the MOM LOA/SHN calculator to find out.

Had recent travel history to On SHN if arrive in Singapore
Mainland China (excluding Hubei province) After 18 February 2020, 2359 hours
Daegu city and Cheongdo county (South Korea) After 26 February 2020, 2359 hours
Iran, northern Italy1 or South Korea After 4 March 2020, 2359 hours
France, Italy, Spain and Germany After 15 March 2020, 2359 hours
ASEAN countries2, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom After 16 March 2020, 2359 hours
All other countries After 20 March 2020, 2359 hours

1 Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige / Südtirol.

2 Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.

For more information, visit :
https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-for-employers-and-employees-travelling-to-and-from-affected-areas

https://sg.ambafrance.org/Coronavirus-Covid-19-Situation-a-Singapour-13-mars-2020

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Quarantine Order

If your child has been the subject of a Quarantine Order by the Singaporean authorities, you must contact the educational secretariats to inform them.

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What you should do when on Stay-Home-Notice (SHN)?
  1. You must remain in your place of residence at all times throughout the entire 14-day period of the SHN. Do not leave your residence, even if it is to purchase food and essentials. If necessary, you may opt for home delivery services or enlist the assistance of others for your daily necessities.
  2. You should not have visitors at your residence, and you should minimise contact with others. You should maintain a record of persons you come into close contact with during this period.
  3. The Singapore Government agencies (MOE, ECDA, MOM and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority) may contact you via phone.
  4. Foreign employees with a work pass must download the WhatsApp app on their mobile phone. This is to enable video calls. You must respond within 1 hour when contacted by phone call, WhatsApp or Short Message Service (SMS).


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Pedagogical Support During Student SHN / LOA

In Elementary, close communication will be maintained by the teachers with the family to ensure the continuity of learning while awaiting the student’s return.

In Secondary school, during the absence of your child, the headteacher will contact him/her (by copying the parents) to establish the methods for catching up on lessons and homework. Classroom checks will be made up upon their return.

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Are special financial conditions granted to students in “Stay-Home Notice” (SHN)/Leave of Absence (LOA)?

These are exceptional measures imposed by the current health situation.

The school does not pro-rate tuition fees, canteen or extra-curricular activities concerned by the SHN. These are exceptional health measures that are essential for everyone, whether for families, the school and for our providers. The expenses incurred by the school and the direct costs remain unchanged.

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What happens if an IFS staff member is infected with COVID-19?

If an IFS employee is infected with COVID-19, the MOH will immediately contact the management of IFS so that all necessary security measures are implemented. The IFS is prepared for this eventuality, you will find in the link below more specific information on the planned measures.

MOM advisory

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Is there a Coronavirus test in Singapore?

Only people with symptoms identical to those of the virus, and at the request of a specialist doctor can be tested. If you are in good health, without fever or respiratory syndromes, an antivirus scan is not necessary.

A negative screening test does not cancel a student’s SHN.

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TRAVEL FORM

Travel Form

A reminder for those who have not yet done so; please complete the “Coronavirus Travel Questionnaire” in your Eduka profile as soon as possible.

This document, requested by the Singaporean authorities, aims to identify the past or future trips of our students and our staff through 31 July 2020. You can edit the information entered in this form once a day.

If your child returns from one of these countries after 15 March at 11:59 pm, please also contact the educational secretariat of the school on which he or she depends.

This document is mandatory — those of you who have not yet responded to us, please do so as soon as possible.

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RESOURCES

How to support your child(ren) through the COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 epidemic is now a reality and a part of the imagination of children and adolescents as well as those of parents. There is no doubt that this unprecedented time and the uncertainties associated with it can threaten our sense of security and control. It is normal that our level of concern has increased.

Click here to find out how can we best support our children and adolescents through this period. How to find the right words without dramatizing or minimizing and what pitfalls should we avoid not to be overwhelmed emotionally and psychically.

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Recommendations for Protecting Yourself or Others

We have placed posters at the school entrances as a reminder of the recommended hygiene practices :

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To keep up to date on the latest news visit these useful links:

Embassy of French in Singapore
Embassy of French in Singapore Advisory (in French only)
Ministry of Health (Singapore)
Ministry of Health (Singapore) COVID-19 FAQ
World Health Organization (WHO)
International SOS
Gov.sg WhatsApp Subscription

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Level of alert as of 07/02 17h45 – ORANGE