6 April 2020
Implementation of Full Home-Based Learning (8 April – 4 May 2020)
In response to the Singapore Government’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce's latest efforts to further enhance safe distancing measures, San Yu Adventist School (SYAS) will implement full home-based learning (HBL) from 8 April to 4 May 2020. SYAS will resume classes on 5 May 2020. More details can be found here.
During this HBL period, SYAS will provide necessary updates via the school website. We encourage all of you to check the school website weekly, especially if the Ministry of Education issues a new press release.
Let us keep ourselves healthy physically, mentally and spiritually as God watches over us. We hope to welcome our students back to campus soon.
Home-Based Learning Arrangement
We thank God for his continuing protection over all of us as we try to bring some normalcy into our daily lives in this challenging situation.
In response to the MOE’s latest plan to support further safe distancing by having schools progressively transiting to a blended learning model, starting with one day of Home-Based Learning (HBL) a week, the following arrangement will take place in SYAS:
- Co-Curricular Activities will be cancelled for the rest of the year. However, they will be replaced with enrichment activities when the situation improves so as to provide an enriching educational experience for all students.
- Commencing from this upcoming Friday, our primary school, as well as secondary school, will conduct one day of HBL on the following dates: 3 April, 17 April and 24 April until the mid-year examination takes place.
We seek your support to work with our teachers so that HBL can be carried out successfully. Do find time to supervise your child/ ward to ensure that he/ she completes all assignments. We will also be using the HBL sessions to fine tune our existing e-learning programme. In the event that schools have to close for a period of time, SYAS teachers will be able to instruct students to carry out learning effectively from the safety of home. More details can be found HERE.
Let us continue to trust in God and exercise social responsibility so as to keep one another and the school safe.
Safeguard Against COVID-19: 14-day Leave of Absence for Students Staying with a Person who Returned to Singapore from Overseas Travel
We would like to welcome all SYAS students back to school.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has recently announced new enhanced precautionary measures to further protect the education system. The link to the press release can be found here. SYAS has issued a letter to all students in response to the latest MOE regulation for students and parents/guardians to follow up.
Even though the above LOA regulation affects our primary school students, SYAS is taking extra precaution by extending the same LOA regulation to all secondary school students as both our primary and secondary school students share the same premises.
In the meantime, SYAS will continue to administer existing precautionary measures in school to ensure that the school remains a safe and secure environment for all.
Furthermore, we have newly purchased a thermal scanner to take the temperature in the morning and made arrangements to seat students further apart in class as well as in the canteen.
We seek your cooperation to exercise social responsibility as Singapore moves as a society to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Postponing of Alumni Homecoming 2020
Re: Postponing of Alumni Homecoming 2020
We regrettably announce that SYHS, SDAS & SYAS Alumni Homecoming 2020 scheduled on 7 June 2020 at Mandarin Orchard Singapore has to be postponed due to the escalating Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak which has been declared a pandemic.
We would like to sincerely apologize to all alumni and friends who have been looking forward to this event and for any inconvenience this may have caused. We thank you for your continued support and understanding.
In due time, we will announce the new date when the situation is under control.
For more information, please contact the event coordinator, Grace, at +65 88767239.
Mr Sendra Gunawan
Hon. Alumni Homecoming President
Important Updates from SYAS
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has recently announced new enhanced precautionary measures to further protect the education system. The link to the press release can be found here.
In light of the announcement and recent developments, San Yu Adventist School (SYAS) intends to comply with the government recommendation by implementing the following measures. This list will be regularly updated as the situation evolves.
- SYAS will re-open for Term 2 on 23 March 2020 (Monday) as planned.
- Students and staff of SYAS who have been out of Singapore on or after 14 March will be issued a 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA).
- Students who flew back from an affected region declared by the Singapore Multi-Ministry Taskforce dated will be placed on Stay Home Notice (SHN). (See affected regions here ).
- Suspension of Co-curricular Activities for 2 weeks.
- Regular cleaning of frequently used contact points.
- Health checks and frequent temperature screening for all staff and students.
Many parents and guardians are concerned about why schools are not closed. SYAS will like to echo the words of the Singapore Government that closing school will disrupt many lives but the possibility of school closure will not be ruled out if it is necessary to do so. Based on the current information that we have acquired, there is only a small number of students and staff who have traveled during the March holidays. Hence, SYAS will re-open so as not to disrupt and affect the lives of the majority of our students.
Nevertheless SYAS will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure that the school remains a safe and secure environment for all.
We seek your understanding and cooperation as we move forward, in the best interest of our students.
Important Updates from SYAS in View of the COVID-19 Virus Situation (March Holidays)
Please take note of the following in view of the upcoming March holidays.
Group 1: Students who are traveling/have travelled to an affected region declared by the Singapore Multi-Ministry Taskforce. (See affected regions here):
- Update travel declaration on Asknlearn.
- Notify the school through email ([email protected]).
- Complete and submit the necessary documentation.
- Serve the Stay Home Notice (SHN).
Group 2: Students who room with someone who is on SHN:
- Apply for special leave through email ([email protected])
- You are required to submit a photo of the roommate’s SHN as proof for your leave application to be granted.
Other pertinent notes:
- Students on SHN must comply with the government requirements strictly. Spot checks will be conducted and students who fail to comply with the requirements will be punished.
- Students who do not belong to either Group 1 or 2 should report to school for classes. Should there be a special cause for concern, parents or guardian must inform the school and seek approval.
For more information, please check out the following websites:
Important Updates from SYAS in View of the COVID-19 Virus Situation
Please take note of the letter given to students dated 27 February 2020. The following important updates can be found in the letter:
- Last day of school activities in Term 1;
- Issuance of Term 1 progress report card;
- Mandatory travel declaration.
We urge you to read the letter carefully and provide us with essential information we need for submission to other regulatory bodies in Singapore. A soft copy of the letter can be found here.
Parents or guardians with concerns can contact the respective form teachers or email the school at [email protected].
In the meantime, stay safe and God bless.
Message from the Principal
Dear SYAS family
Slightly more than a week has gone by since we started classes in the midst of the Novel Coronavirus situation. Although the timing of this outbreak post-CNY has been unfortunate, we were able to rally the school staff to facilitate a smooth experience for our students in accordance with advisories from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Health (MOH).
We are also raising greater awareness of humanity’s love towards each other by encouraging students and staff at San Yu Adventist to share a love donation, in-kind or otherwise to benefit patients/healthcare workers,etc. It is a small but powerful gesture -- SYAS cares!
We have decided to postpone some of our CCA activities and field trips. The following CCAs are affected: Swimming, soccer, badminton, hiking, indoor rock climbing and inline skating.
Our hearts and minds go out to the victims as well as the heroic people who are risking their lives in combating this virus. Please take time to listen to this Chinese song 陪你走向希望 on hope & love.
Despite the efforts to combat this virus together, many are spreading fake news and unfounded fears. Please CHECK with the right information sources such as Gov.sg and follow the government’s directives with regards to intra- and inter-personal health and safety. TOGETHER, we can overcome this crisis with Confidence, Competence and Compassion.
Parents or guardians with concerns can contact the respective form teachers or email the school at [email protected].
Dr Shee Soon Chiew
Updates on Wuhan Coronavirus
In view of the coronavirus situation in Wuhan and other parts of China, SYAS will be stepping up our precautionary measures to enhance protection of our students and staff.
Expanded coverage for Leave of Absence (LOA)
The 14 days LOA for students and staff will be expanded to cover the following groups.
Group 1: Students and staff returning from Mainland China (as per MOE guidelines)
Group 2: Students and staff who had direct and prolonged contact with relatives or friends who visited them from Mainland China.
Group 3: Students and staff who room with someone belonging to Group 1 or 2.
The LOA will be valid for a period of 14 days, starting from the day of arrival in Singapore for Group 1 and 2. The LOA for Group 3 will be the same duration as their self-quarantined roommates.
The school will be implementing the following protective measures for our returning students.
- Temperature screening at the point of entry for all students, staff and visitors. Temperature screening will start at 0645 daily, students who arrive before will be asked to wait outside the gate.
- Travel and point of contact history checks at the point of entry (30 and 31 January).
- Daily temperature taking in class.
- Teaching of personal hygiene habits and how to stay safe during this period.
- Daily disinfection of the entire school compound.
- Parents and guardians will be required to wait outside the school compound to pick up their children/wards during dismissal time.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused and solicit your fullest cooperation in order to manage this situation effectively.
Parents or guardians with special concern can contact the respective form teachers or email the school at [email protected]
Thank you for your kind understanding.
Leave of Absence for students who has gone back to Mainland China during Chinese New Year Holidays
Please take note that all SYAS students who have gone back to Mainland China for CNY holidays must take a Leave of Absence (LOA) for 14 days, starting from the day after their arrival in Singapore. These students have to quarantine themselves at home and take their temperature regularly for 14 days. All students on LOA will be supported via a home-based learning plan, which will enable them to continue with their learning.
For all other students, school will resume as per usual on 30 January 2020. Parents and guardians may email the school via [email protected] if they have special concerns.
The school will also be taking additional precautions such as temperature screening and daily disinfection of the compound. Please remind your child/ward to bring a digital thermometer to school everyday. If he/she is not feeling well, take him/her to consult a doctor.
For more information, you may refer to the MOH website.