SINGAPORE — Students will be progressively brought back to school following the June school holidays, with all levels expected to return from 6 July, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Monday (14 June).
Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) will also gradually increase the number of students allowed back on campus for face-to-face learning, said the ministry in a media release.
From 28 June, students from Primary 4 to 6 and Secondary 3 to 5, along with all students from junior colleges as well as the Millennia Institute, will return to school.
Secondary 1 and 2 students will be on Home-Based Learning (HBL) until 30 June and will return to school on 1 July. Primary 1 to 3 students will be on HBL for the first week of the new term, during which schools will continue to provide instructions and support for students to access online and hardcopy HBL materials.
As 5 July is the Youth Day school holiday, all levels of students will return to school the following day.
Graduating students taking centre-based classes – for subjects such as third languages, art and music programmes – will resume in-person lessons from Week 1 of Term 3, while non-graduating students will continue with HBL. All students taking centre-based classes will return for in-person lessons from Week 2 of Term 3.
To help with care arrangements, MOE kindergartens and school-based Student Care Centres will also resume full operation from 28 June. For Special Education school students, their return to school will be staggered from 28 June based on students' needs, with all students expected to be back at school from 6 July.
MOE also plans to resume in-person co-curricular activities (CCAs) from Week 2 of Term 3, starting with low-risk activities. "Given the need to minimise intermingling of students from different schools in line with the gradual resumption of student activities, the National School Games for Junior and C Divisions as well as the remaining games for A Division will be cancelled," the ministry added.
For IHLs, small-group classes or consultations that were previously held online will be allowed to resume from 21 June. Students will continue to return for essential in-person sessions such as labs and practicals, while in-person examinations will also continue to be held with no more than 50 persons per venue.
Classes and lectures with more than 50 persons will continue to be held online. All schools and IHLs will also ensure that the appropriate safe management measures are in place for the students' return.
"Students should have their TraceTogether token or app with them throughout the school day to facilitate accurate contact tracing, should the need arise," said MOE.
All tuition and enrichment classes for students aged 18 and below will also be allowed to resume in-person lessons from 21 June. Sports, along with arts and culture classes can take reference from SportSG and the National Arts Council's latest guidelines, said the ministry.
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