Edgefield Secondary School on home-based learning after student infected with COVID-19

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Edgefield Secondary School. (SCREENSHOT: Google Maps)
Edgefield Secondary School. (SCREENSHOT: Google Maps)

SINGAPORE — A student from Edgefield Secondary School (EFSS) has tested positive for COVID-19, promoting EFSS to step up precautionary measures including implementing Home-Based Learning (HBL) from next Tuesday (4 May).

The student, who was confirmed to be infected on Friday and is an unlinked case, was last in school on Thursday with acute respiratory infection symptoms, and had consulted a doctor, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a statement.

The HBL will last until Friday. During the week, EFSS will continue to provide instruction and support for its students both online and using hardcopy materials. Teachers will also keep in regular contact with students and parents.

Students, staff and external vendors who had been in close contact with the infected student have been placed on Quarantine Order.

Other students, staff and external vendors of the school are required by the Ministry of Health to undergo COVID-19 swab tests.

“Pending their test results, all those involved in the EFSS COVID-19 swab testing should also minimise contact with others and avoid crowded places as a precautionary measure,” MOE said.

The school will also conduct cleaning and disinfecting of its premises.

MOH on Edgefield student

The 15-year-old student developed a sore throat on Wednesday, and subsequently a runny nose and anosmia the next day, the Ministry of Health said in its daily update on COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Saturday.

She reported sick while she was in school on Thursday, and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic, where she was tested for COVID-19. Her test result came back positive the next day, and she was conveyed to the National University Hospital in an ambulance. Her serological test result is pending.

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