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UPDATE: Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV) 

Updated 7th February 2020

Chatsworth is taking further actions to safeguard everyone’s health and safety, with immediate effect. All of these measures will be in effect until the 9th April unless confirmed otherwise.

  1. We are limiting interaction with the wider community both on and off-campus in order to reduce interaction/exposure between students, teachers, parents and those outside of our school grounds where possible. 
    • Parent Information Evenings and other parent sessions, such as CPG meetings, will be postponed until further notice.
    • PTSCs that are scheduled for mid-March are cancelled in their current format. We are looking at alternatives to having parents on campus.
    • Sports Days will be cancelled. Our PE Dept is looking at alternatives that could take place within the school (this would not include parent spectators).
    • Public Events e.g. Admissions Open Houses will be cancelled.
    • Chatsworth had already cancelled the end of the previous sporting season and will not be participating in Season 3 of ACSIS sporting events with other schools. Our staff will be looking at alternative sporting activities that can take place within the school community.
    • In-school exhibitions or assemblies will be held amongst the student community, in reduced numbers, and will not include parent participation until further notice.
  2. Parents are still free to drop-off and pick-up their children daily but we ask that parents do not linger/remain on campus. 
  3. We ask that parents continue to take their child’s temperature at home before sending them to school. Our school nurses are looking after the best interests of the entire community and thus have been sending home all students with fever or who are presenting cold and flu symptoms.
  4. While we already stagger lunches on both campuses, primary years will be further staggered. Children will still receive the same amount of playing and eating time.
  5. Visitors to the campuses will remain limited. All visitors already complete a Health Declaration Form and have their temperatures logged. 
  6. The school has two professional development (PD) days for teachers next week, on the 13th and 14th February, which creates a long weekend for students. We ask that any family who will be travelling during this long weekend to please complete the linked Travel Declaration Form

Updated 5th February 2020

In light of the latest developments reporting the first local transmission within Singapore, Chatsworth has taken advice from local authorities and have made adjustments to our programmes and taken additional precautionary measures. These include the following:

  • All whole school and large section assemblies (ie whole primary or whole secondary) will be cancelled from today. We will be keeping in view all of the coming events, such as Sports Day, theatre productions, etc. but it is anticipated that these may be cancelled in coming weeks.
  • All field trips and excursions have already been cancelled.
  • CCAs are in their final classes and will be allowed to finish as these groups are not large. Discussion regarding the coming CCA/ECA session is happening now and parents will be informed of any changes.
  • Chatsworth is cancelling the remaining sports games for the current ACSIS season. Coaches and teams have been informed. While this is disappointing for our teams who are at the end of a wonderful season, it is in the best interests of the health of our school community.
  • MOE and MOH have suggested schools to consider staggering their lunch breaks. Chatsworth already staggers break times. Our student numbers (class size as well as overall numbers) are considerably smaller than local schools and many of the other international schools so this is not an issue for us at the moment. 
  • The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) has suggested additional temperature checks during the day for early years children. Starting today, all EY children will have an additional temperature check before lunchtime. 
  • Students who are unwell (exhibiting cold and flu symptoms) or who have a fever (37.5 and above) will be sent home to prevent the spread of any illness. This is current policy and is being enforced by the Nurses on both campuses. Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. 

The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Education (MOE), Economic Development Board (EDB and Committee for Private Education (CPE) have updated their advisories for local and foreign system schools (FSS) as of the 27th January 2020. 

Chatsworth closely follows guidelines set by these local authorities and has thus taken their advice and implemented similar policies effective 28th January 2020 (our return from the Lunar New Year holiday).

All Chatsworth families will be informed of any updates via email and our SMS system as necessary. Information that is important for both our families and visitors to Chatsworth will be updated here on a regular basis.

As part of our regular school health policy for students, it is required that children who are unwell are kept at home and parents/guardians seek medical advice as necessary. If your child comes to school exhibiting signs of illness, such as (but not limited to) cough, fever, runny nose or difficulty breathing, they will be assessed by the School Nurse and parents will be informed. 

Updated 28th January 2020

Due to the recent spread of the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV), the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education has issued an advisory for all students who have been to China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) in the past fourteen (14) days or whose immediate family members (members who live with the child) have visited China in the past fourteen days to remain at home for a period of two weeks (14 days) from the date of their arrival back to Singapore. As an example, if a child returned to Singapore on the 28th January (Day 0) then they would be permitted to return to school on the 12th February (Day 15). Chatsworth will provide any student that is affected with a Leave of Absence (LOA). This will apply to all staff as well. 

Any parent who is affected by this leave of absence is to register their name and contact details with the school. Information on this registration has been sent in previous emails. 

All students and staff will have daily temperature checks when arriving at school. If a student (or staff member) has a fever above 37.5 degrees Celsius, they will be referred to the School Nurse who will conduct a further assessment of their health. If the temperature is confirmed, a mask will be applied to the students and parents will be informed to collect their child and seek medical advice from their family physician.

All visitors to the school will have their temperature checked before being permitted to enter the campus. If a visitor has a fever, he/she will be denied entry to the school. 

All classrooms will be aired regularly and cleaning protocols will be increased, as per our Managing Infectious Diseases policy.

All Chatsworth service providers (ECAs, transport, canteen, etc) fall under the same Chatsworth requirements during this period.

Chatsworth continues to monitor the coronavirus situation and remains in contact with local authorities. If daily routines change due to updated situations, the community will be informed via the SMS system, email and telephone.

All scheduled events are under review and the community will be informed if there are changes or cancellations.

Chatsworth thanks our school community for their attention to our expectations during this period. Together, we can maintain a happy and healthy school environment for all of our students and staff.

**For additional information and the latest updates on the novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) please see the Singapore Ministry of Health website at www.moh.gov.sg 

There is a full-time nurse on campus during school days, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

The Nurse provides health care for students and is also available to give information regarding health issues relevant to the school. Our School Nurse is also an important part of our Student Services team and liaises with parents and students in a variety of school life areas.

If you ever have any concerns, feel free to contact the Nurse via email.