Starting the week of July 27, secondary schools, Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute will have the option to resume lower-risk Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and other school activities, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).
“For primary schools, such activities will resume only at a later date, once we are able to assess the progress for the older students,” the ministry added.
CCAs and school activities are to take place with the following measures in place:
- Maximum of 20 students per activity and wherever possible, the composition of participants should be fixed to minimise inter-mingling. For example, badminton CCAs.
- Within the activity, groups of five or fewer students can interact more closely. For example, a group of five students in a computer club working on a software programme, four students playing doubles for table tennis, or a two vs two basketball game.
- Modified game rules, such that students will be at least one-metre apart, even for physical activities.
- Schools to continue to screen all visitors, including coaches and instructors, for flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough
MOE has also said that all CCAs and school activities that involve high level of body contact, like Taekwondo sparring or Rugby scrum; high exposure to aerosol and splatters, like playing of wind instruments or choir; inter-mingling of students between schools; and activities held at external venues will remain suspended.
“CCA experiences and school activities are important elements of our students' holistic development. They provide our students more opportunities and platforms to explore their passion, build friendships, and develop character and resilience," the ministry said. "Nevertheless, there are no mandated timelines for CCA resumption. Schools will still have flexibility in deciding when activities will resume, while also ensuring that the workload of teachers and students remain manageable”.