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Keeping the young ones safe amid the pandemic

James Kon

Jigsaw Primary School resumed in-person lesson beginning January 17 for its Kindergarten 1 and 2 pupils and encourages the adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

Returning students must undergo COVID-19 testing using an antigen rapid test kit every Monday before classes, check the body temperature and wearing a face mask.

Jigsaw Primary School Principal and CEO Helen Chin said, “We are happy that students can finally attend school again after being shut since August last year due to the second wave of COVID-19.”

She thanked parents and teachers for their support and assistance in ensuring that physical classes can be conducted smoothly.

One parent of a kindergarten student said, “Adapting to change is something every individual needs to develop as a skill especially during uncertain times like these.”

Jigsaw Primary School Principal and CEO Helen Chin chats with a student. PHOTO: JAMES KON

He added, “When the news of school closure was announced, it seemed all too sudden, especially because of the statement from the authorities due to the high number of new cases recorded.

“Initially, we decided against sending our son to school. But, we decide to brave it and trusting that the school will put the proper SOPs in place.”

He added, “Parents and guardians are required to scan the BruHealth QR code as they enter the premises, and were given the ART kit. We were then asked to go to a designated parking area to help our children take the rapid test.

“The staff assured me that it is all going to be okay as they assisted parents to conduct the test properly. Parents were also allowed to send their children off to the main gates. I saw my child walk into school.

“Everyone has to play a part to ensure our safety. I believe limiting the capacity to 30 per cent also helps ensure the process goes smoothly. Larger crowd could overwhelm the process and some steps could be overlooked that might compromise safety,” he said.


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