All PCF Sparkletots centres to close for 4 days after 14 staff including principal infected with COVID-19

26-Mar-2020 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 2:36 PM Print This Post

All of PCF Sparkletots’ centres will be closed from Thursday to Sunday (26-29 March) after 14 staff including a principal of its preschool at Fengshan tested positive for COVID-19, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) said on Wednesday.

Four family members of the principal, who do not stay with her, were also confirmed to have the infection on Monday and Tuesday, ECDA added.

During the closure, PCF Sparkletots will review and reiterate its enhanced precautionary measures with staff as well as to undertake cleaning and disinfection of all its premises.

PCF Sparkletots is Singapore’s largest preschool operator with 360 preschools islandwide and an enrolment of over 40,000 children.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore, bringing the total to 631. It also announced two new clusters – one at the Fengshan preschool with 18 cases and Dover Court International School with three cases.

A Nursery 2 teacher from the preschool tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. As she was last present in the preschool on 18 March and was well at the time, ECDA and the MOH decided that there was no need to close the preschool, but instead allowed the preschool to close for a day for thorough cleaning and disinfection.

But on Tuesday, ECDA and the MOH found other staff reporting that they had recently felt unwell. As a precaution, the ECDA closed the preschool for 14 days from Tuesday to 7 April, and the MOH sent these staff immediately for testing.

On Wednesday, 13 more staff from the preschool, including teaching and non-teaching staff, tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to the Nursery 2 teacher who was confirmed earlier.

The principal was well when she was at work on 17 March, but developed symptoms in the afternoon. On that day, she had a meeting with her staff, and later attended a course with other preschool staff in the evening.

The principal saw a doctor the next morning on 18 March and was on medical leave until 20 March. Most of the other staff who tested positive began developing symptoms from 20 March and over the weekend.

MOH has also placed all children and staff who were present at the preschool between 16 March and Tuesday on quarantine. ECDA is closely monitoring the situation, and working with the management, staff, parents and children at the preschool to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all.


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