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Joint MOE-MSF statement on LOA for preschool and primary school children

In light of the recent spike in imported cases in Singapore, MOE and MSF will implement the following two additional precautionary measures for preschool and primary school students, to protect our younger students:

1. Students staying in the same household as a person who has returned to Singapore from any country from Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 2359hr, will be placed on 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA).

2. Students staying in the same household as a person who had returned to Singapore from the UK, US or ASEAN countries on or after 14 March 2020, will be placed on LOA. The student's LOA will start from the day the person in the household returned to Singapore.

These measures are in addition to the earlier announced 14-day LOA issued to students and staff of schools, preschools and student care centres if they returned from overseas on or after 14 March. Employers are encouraged to provide flexible work arrangements for their employees to accommodate such exceptional circumstances.

MOE and MSF will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work with schools, preschools, student care centres, parents and the community to ensure that our schools, preschools and student care centres remain safe. We also urge all other students and staff who are staying with persons on LOA or Stay-Home Notice to monitor their health, see a doctor if they are sick and return to school only when fully recovered.

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