On 4 April 2020, a teaching staff at Little Gems Preschool Pte Ltd tested positive for COVID-19. She was last in the Centre on Tuesday, 31
March 2020. As a precautionary measure, the Early Childhood Development Agency
(ECDA) had directed that the Centre be temporarily closed from 5 April 2020 to
14 April 2020. This covers the 14-day incubation period as the
staff was last in the Centre on 31 March 2020.
All children and staff in the Centre were also
placed on LOA. Children and staff who have been in close contact with the
confirmed cases have been placed on home quarantine.
2 On 5 April 2020, a relief teacher of the Centre was tested
positive for COVID-19. The teacher was
last in the Centre on 31 March 2020. She
had cleared the health checks and was well when she ended her shift.
3 Today, MOH has announced that a 2-year old child tested
positive for COVID-19. Her last day in school was 3 April 2020. She had cleared
the health checks and was well throughout her full-day in preschool. She developed
symptoms on the following day, 4 April 2020.
4 In view of the above, ECDA has extended the closure of the
Centre to 17 April 2020. This is to cover the 14-day incubation period as the child
was last in the Centre on 3 April 2020. Barring
any further developments, the Centre will resume limited service operations on
Saturday, 18 April 2020, unless otherwise advised, to serve the limited group
of parents who are working in essential services and are unable to extend their
alternative care arrangements beyond the closure period.
5 ECDA will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work
with the management, staff, parents and children at the Centre to ensure the
safety and wellbeing of all.
6 All preschools are reminded to be vigilant when conducting
health checks, and to observe high standards of personal and environmental
hygiene. This includes keeping the centre environment clean, and frequent
washing of hands with soap – especially before eating or handling food, after
toilet visits, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after
coughing or sneezing.
7 The precautionary measures that have been put in place in
preschools are only effective if the preschool community work together and
exercise social responsibility. All preschool
staff and children who are unwell (i.e. have fever and/or flu-like symptoms
such as runny nose, cough, shortness of breath) should seek immediate medical
attention and return to school only when fully recovered.