Updates on Covid-19

Last Updated: 26 May 2020

26 May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Commencement of Term 3 from 2 June 2020

Greetings!  It is with joyous anticipation that we will be welcoming our students back to SYAS campus based on the following blended learning model under phase 1 after the Circuit Breaker:

Level

Physical Lessons in SYAS

Home-based Lessons (HBL)at Home

Primary 6 and Secondary 4 Daily Not Applicable

Primary 3, 4 and 5

PS1F and Secondary 2

Week 1 – 2 to 5 June and

Week 3 – 15 to 19 June

Week 2 – 8 to 12 June and

Week 4 – 22 to 26 June

Primary 1 and 2

Secondary 1 and 3

Week 2 – 8 to 12 June and

Week 4 – 22 to 26 June

Week 1 – 2 to 5 June and

Week 3 – 15 to 19 June

Attendance

  1.   On campus

Please take note that physical attendance is compulsory.  From Term 3 onwards, we will not be able to excuse a student’s absence on campus based on the fear of near contact with other people.  We need to reclaim a sense of normalcy and allowing students to be able to interact with teachers and peers will improve their social and emotional well-being.  Moreover, our teachers will now be preparing materials for classroom teaching and full HBL on rotating weeks.  It is not sustainable to prepare extra HBL materials for students who chose to stay away.  Please refer to the Student Handbook for more information on attendance as we move into full re-opening of SYAS.

  1.  During HBL

Students will follow their regular timetable on the days that they participate in full HBL.  Form teachers will mark attendance and engage students from 8am.

 

Timetable

All students will follow normal timetable given in Term 1 during their time on campus.  During the full HBL weeks, they will carry out a mixture of online and offline learning assigned by subject teachers according to the same timetable.

 

Safe Management Measures

  1. Existing measures:

Regular temperature screenings and sanitising of hands in the morning will be carried out at the main gate upon entry.  Students will be reminded to uphold good hygiene standards and to take their temperatures after their breaks.  School facilities will also be cleaned and sanitised daily, especially high touch surfaces.

 

  1. New measures – important:

SYAS will be implementing a safe entry measure (SafeEntry) for contact tracing purposes.  All students need to bring their Student Pass/ a photocopy of their Student Pass/ mobile phone and check into SYAS every morning. 

 

Reporting Time:

  1. On campus

All students are to report to school before 8am.  We strongly encourage students to arrive in SYAS before 7.30am daily so as to prevent crowding due to the implementation of safe manage measures (SafeEntry Requirement).

  1. During HBL

We seek the help of parents and guardians to ensure that students go online by 8am to mark attendance and participate in class contact time with their form teachers.  With an early and good start to the day, students learn self-discipline and as they mature, they will be able to manage their time more effectively.

We thank God for the opportunity to help our students grow and look forward to meeting one another soon.  Stay safe.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 22 May 2020

22 May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Updates from San Yu Adventist School (SYAS)

We hope that our students are able to take a short break to enjoy Term 2 holidays before Term 3 commences on 2 June.  Like government schools, in order to protect our students, we will further enhance safe management measures.  Thus, besides the existing measures of regular temperature screenings and sanitising of hands and high-touch surfaces, students will likely to return to school on a rotation basis.  Students from graduating cohorts - Primary 6 and Secondary 4 levels will likely to attend school daily, while other cohorts will likely to rotate weekly, alternating between Home-Based Learning (HBL) and returning to school for lessons.  More information will be shared once the governing body of private education institutions, the Committee of Private Education, gives us the green light.

In the meantime, our students should be mentally prepared for an exciting term of learning ahead.  We look forward to seeing our students returning to SYAS fresh-faced and physically well-rested.  They should be neat and tidy in appearance.  For those who are apprehensive about visiting hairdressers due to the COVID-19 situation, we will engage our teaching staff to trim students’ hair to ensure that students look sharp and ready for learning.

Stay safe and God bless.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 30 April 2020

30 April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Updates from San Yu Adventist School (SYAS)

Thank you for working with our teachers to help your child/ward learn as much as possible during the home-based learning (HBL) journey.  It has not been easy for all of us and we can give ourselves a pat on the shoulders for putting in our best effort in meeting different challenges head on.  Our last HBL day will be on 4 May 2020 and we look forward to seeing all students on 2 June 2020.

Please refer to the following updates for a better understanding of some of the major activities that will take place in Term 3:

  1. Revised Academic Calendar in Term 3

SYAS’ revised calendar will be released during the middle of May 2020.  We regret to announce that the annual Sports Day is cancelled due to safe social distancing measure.  However, we will still carry out many main activities such as the annual National Day celebration, Parent-Teacher Conference and Teachers’ Day celebration. 

  1. Term 3 Progress Report Card

The main objective of the HBL is to ensure that teaching and learning can continue to take place in the midst of the Circuit Breaker period.  Students are assessed for learning regularly but minimal assessments of learning assignments are given.  The school wants to give students time and space to explore and adapt to different modes of teaching and presentation. 

When students return to school in Term 3, their learning will be assessed and the progress report card will be issued at the end of the term.  The calculation of the 2020 academic year results will be as follows:

  • Primary 1: Term 1 10%; Term 3 30%; Term 4 10% and Term 4 continuous assessment 50%
  • Primary 2 to Secondary 3:  Term 1 10%; Term 3 20% and Prelim/ Year-end Exam 70%
  • Secondary 4:  100% Prelim Exam
  1. Student Travel Declaration Update

Most, if not all, students have declared their travel plans via the ASKnLearn portal.  If there is a change to the original declaration, students should update their travel declaration plans via the same portal and inform SYAS at [email protected]

Students should not travel out of Singapore, unless in emergency cases or on compassionate grounds. Please seek approval from SYAS at [email protected] before confirming travels plans when facing such situations.

Do take note that students holding different types of passes will probably face greater difficulty in obtaining entry approval when they wish to return.  As the COVID-19 situation can be volatile, students who travel may have to be put under quarantine or stay at home orders upon their return, and miss lessons  when school starts on 2 June 2020.

Let us continue to offer our thanksgiving to God for His blessings and protection.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 24 April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Updates from San Yu Adventist School (SYAS)

We thank God for His protection in keeping us safe so that we are able to carry out home-based learning (HBL) during this circuit breaker period.  The Ministry of Education, in a joint MOE-SEAB press release, informed the public about changes to the school term and holidays.  As a result, SYAS will make the following changes:

  1. Revised Academic Calendar in Term 3
  • 5 May 2020 to 1 June 2020: Term 2 school holidays
  • 2 June 2020: Start of Term 3
  • 20 July 2020 to 26 July 2020: Mid-term break
  • 6 September 2020: End of Term 3

Our last HBL day will be on 4 May 2020 and we look forward to seeing all students on 2 June 2020.

2. Re-scheduling of O Level Mother Tongue Chinese and Malay examinations

Our secondary 4 graduating students are to take note of the following changes:

  • Papers 1 and 2 – shift from 1 June 2020, 8 am to 18 June 2020, 2pm
  • Listening Comprehension – shift from 21 July 2020 to 27 July 2020

3. Removal of Common Last Topics (CLT) from PSLE and GCE O Level Subjects

  • The CLT will be removed from the national examinations this year. The CLT is a set of topics from a syllabus identified by MOE that would be taught last by all schools towards the end of the academic year.
  • Examples of CLT to be removed include "Interactions within the Environment" for PSLE Science and “Vectors” for O-level Mathematics.
  • The CLT will still be taught, but not be examinable.

Besides the information found in the press release, SYAS subject teachers will inform their students if more subjects are included when SYAS receives updates.

4. Student Travel Declaration

All students are to declare their travel plans by 4pm, 29 April 2020 via the ASKnLearn portal.  Students should not travel out of Singapore, unless in emergency cases or on compassionate grounds. Please seek approval from SYAS at [email protected] before confirming travel plans when facing such situations.

Do take note that students holding different types of passes will probably face greater difficulty in obtaining entry approval when they wish to return.  As the COVID-19 situation can be volatile, students who travel may have to be put under quarantine or stay at home orders upon their return, and miss lessons  when school starts on 2 June 2020.

Once again, stay safe and healthy.  Let us thank God for His blessings and continue to pray for frontliners who give us their selfless service.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 17 April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Updates from San Yu Adventist School (SYAS)

  1. Use of ZOOM for learning

    We have put in place recommended security measures and are pleased to inform you that all ZOOM sessions will resume from 20 April 2020, according to the home-based learning timetable.More information can be found when your chid/ward accesses ASKnLearn.

    All student contact time will commence at 8am sharp daily.Form teachers are looking forward to bring a little normalcy into the lives of the students and to interact with them.

  2. Suspension of Mid-year Examination

    SYAS will suspend the Mid-year Examination for all students so that more time can be given to students to get used to the changes in the modes of learning during the COVID-19 situation.Teachers will continue to focus on helping students understand concepts and acquire new knowledge.In place of the Mid-year Examination, students will be assessed through manageable tasks in small chunks and they will receive their progress reports (like the progress reports that were issued in Term 1) in the first week of Term 3, or until further notice.

    SYAS is physically closed during the circuit breaker period.Please email us at [email protected] for enquiries.

As the week draws to a close, let us give thanks to God for His protection and may you enjoy a blessed sabbath rest ahead.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 13 April 2020

General Office is closed for the Circuit Breaker Period.

For all enquiries about registration and withdrawal, please kindly email [email protected]


Last Updated: 12 April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

Temporary Suspension of ZOOM sessions

On one hand, we are heartened to know that most, if not all, of our students have engaged in meaningful home-based learning (HBL).  We are also thankful for guardians and parents who have shown understanding and patience in working with us to solve technical issues in the past week.

On the other hand, we regret to inform all of you that ZOOM sessions will be suspended from 13-17 April as the Ministry of Education looks into breaches involving obscene images.  Rest assured that our teachers will continue to plan and execute quality online and offline learning tasks for our students.  Instead of ZOOM sessions indicated in the students’ HBL weekly lesson plans, students can follow the instructions given by their subject teachers (in ASKnLearn and/or Class Dojo) to complete their learning tasks.

In the meantime, students’ attendance will be marked at 8am daily via the communication channels such as Class Dojo, WhatsaApp and WeChat parents/ guardians and students normally use to contact the form teachers. 

Last but not least, stay healthy and God bless.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 6 April 2020

6 April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

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.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 30 March 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

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.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 25 March 2020

Safeguard Against COVID-19:  14-day Leave of Absence for Students Staying with a
Person whoReturned to Singapore from Overseas Travel
 

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

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.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 19 March 2020

Important Updates from SYAS 

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

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.

  1. SYAS will re-open for Term 2 on 23 March 2020 (Monday) as planned.
  1. 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).
  1. 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 ).
  1. Suspension of Co-curricular Activities for 2 weeks.
  1. Regular cleaning of frequently used contact points.
  1. 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.

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 09 March 2020

Important Updates from SYAS in View of the COVID-19 Virus Situation(March Holidays)

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

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):

  1. Update travel declaration on Asknlearn.
  2. Notify the school through email ([email protected]).
  3. Complete and submit the necessary documentation.
  4. Serve the Stay Home Notice (SHN).

Group 2: Students who room with someone who is on SHN:

  1. Apply for special leave through email ([email protected])
  2. You are required to submit a photo of the roommate’s SHN as proof for your leave application to be granted.

Other pertinent notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

SYAS Administration


Last Updated: 27 February 2020

Important Updates from SYAS in View of the COVID-19 Virus Situation

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

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.

 


Last Updated: 10 February 2020

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
SYAS Principal


Last Updated: 29 January 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

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.

Protective Measures

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.

SYAS Administration