Given the sharp rise in number of community cases, MOE has announced that all primary, secondary, junior college (JC) and Millennia Institute (MI) students, including those from Special Education (SPED) schools, will shift to full Home-Based Learning (HBL) from Wednesday, 19 May 2021, till the end of the term on 28 May 2021.
Preschools and student care centres will remain open to support parents who need to work.
With the default mode of working being work-from-home, parents are encourage to keep children at home where possible.
MOE also announced that during the June holidays, the graduating cohorts will be allowed to return to school in small groups, where necessary. The mid-year GCE O- and A-Level Mother Tongue Language examinations will be proceeding as planned and with strict Safe Management Measures (SMMs) in place.
Full Home-based Learning From Wednesday, 19 May 2021
During the period of full Home-Based Learning, the Ministry said that schools will continue to provide instructions and support for students to access a range of both online and hardcopy HBL materials, so as to minimise disruptions to learning.
Schools will also assist students who may require digital devices or internet access. The Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) platform will continue to be accessible to students during this period.
In a press release, the Ministry of Education said, “Throughout this period of full HBL, our students can rely on the ongoing support of their teachers and other school personnel who will continue to work from home or from school. School staff will also keep in regular contact with them and their parents. Likewise, SPED teachers will provide our students in SPED schools as well as their parents with HBL support, and maintain regular contact.”
Schools will remain open for students who require additional support. This is especially so for those whose parents work in essential services or are unable to secure alternative care arrangements. Parents faced with such situations may approach their children’s primary schools for assistance.
Centre-based Tuition and Enrichment Classes to Move Online or Suspend Activities
In addition, the Ministry all announced that all centre-based tuition and enrichment classes should move activities online till the end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).