Coronavirus Updates and Advice

TraceTogether SafeEntry for all primary and secondary students

https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/

TraceTogether app or token required for all students in grades 01-12 and Eingangstuffe

Please make sure your child has downloaded the TraceTogether app if they have a handphone or collect a token from your local Community Centre. You can find out where and when to collect the token at this government website https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/

It is now possible for children under 7 years old to collect a token. https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/faq

If you are looking for further general parent information, please visit our Help for Parents page.

Page last updated: 29 April 2022 17:00

You do not need to submit a travel declaration form to GESS


Programme and service status

On-campus learning: All grades

CCA: Yes

LEP: Yes

VIP: Yes

ENP: Yes

Library: Open

Canteen: Open

School shop: Open

School bus: Fully operationally

Sports events and matches: Yes

Large events: Yes

School trips: Allowed

What should I do if my child is sick? (UPDATED)
Preschool information
Primary school information
Secondary school information
FAQ - Frequently asked questions

What should I do if my child is sick? (UPDATED)

How to take a self-test ART COVID-19 test
MORNING ROUTINE

If your child has a fever, is displaying Coronavirus symptoms or tests positive, please follow the Ministry of Health (MOH) 1 2 3 Protocols.

Protocol 1 - My child is unwell

Follow the Protocol 1 steps.

Take your child to the doctor by private transport.

If your child tests negative for COVID-19, the doctor will advise you accordingly.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, your doctor will care for your child following Protocol 2.

Protocol 2 - My child is well but tested positive

Your child must not come to school and must isolate at home for 72 hours.

Inform your child's teacher and school@gess.sg

Follow Protocol 2.

Protocol 3 - My child is a close contact of a positive case

Your child can attend school if they test negative for COVID-19 with an ART test at home.

Follow Protocol 3.

Remember to carefully follow all Ministry of Health (MOH) instructions.

WITH WHICH SYMPTOMS SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD AT HOME?

Every child who has a temperature (above 37.5) or respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, cough) must not come to school.

If in doubt, keep your child at home.

If your child is required to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing, they must stay at home. Please contact covid19@gess.sg for further advice.

Do siblings have to stay at home if a household member tests positive?

Please follow the steps in protocol 3 and carefully follow all Ministry of Health (MOH) instructions.

Please refer to the COVID-19 protocol table for other conditions including VTL travel.

Covid-19: New Contract Tracing Regulations

From Wednesday, 9 March onwards, GESS will follow new contract tracing regulations in line with recent information from relevant Singapore government departments. One change is that it is no longer required to inform Primary and Secondary School class parents if there is a positive Covid-19 case in the class.

As per regulations, we will continue to inform Preschool parents as the younger children in school are the least vaccinated group.

Please find the detailed Covid-19 contract tracing regulations here.

Preschool information

[NEW] Campus Entry
Drop off:
  • Drop off at the Jungle Entrance only
  • Pedestrians from 07:30am, cars from 07:50am (Preschool only)
  • If you are dropping off by car or taxi:
    • Before 07:50am, park at the Sports Complex drop-off and escort your child through the campus to the Preschool Jungle Entrance.
    • After 07:50 am, drive in from gate 2 (bus bay entrance) and park/drop off your child.
  • Parents are welcome to enter the Preschool playground for drop off between 7:30am and 8:00am. Please bring your child to the table with your child’s class (for K1, K2 and Pre-Primary) or to the Pre-Kindergarten POD (for Pre-Kindergarten).
  • Jungle Entrance doors close at 8.15am

Pick up:

  • Pick up at the Jungle Entrance only
  • Pick up time for half-day students: 12:20pm (please wait for your child at the Jungle Entrance)
  • Pick up time for full-day students (for all Preschool year levels): 2:30pm - 2:45pm
  • For pick up of full-day students, parents are welcome to enter the Preschool playground between 2:30pm and 2:45pm. Please proceed to the table with your child’s class (for K1, K2 and Pre-Primary) or to the Pre-Kindergarten POD (for Pre-Kindergarten).
  • All parents and children need to leave the playground by 2:45pm.
  • If you need to park, please park at the Sports Complex and then head to the Jungle Entrance.
  • No parking in the bus bay at pick up times due to school buses departing schedule.

Bus departure time:

  • Half-day buses leave at 12:40pm
  • Ful-day buses leave at 15:08pm
SCHOOL BUS ENTRY

Fixed seating - Your child will be assigned a seat and must sit in the same seat each day

No talking or interaction - Students must sit silently during the bus journey (see FAQ)

[NEW] ON CAMPUS REGULATIONS
  • Parents will be able to come into some areas of the Preschool for drop off, pick up, prearranged meetings and events
  • Mixing of classes will be allowed, enabling more outdoor time for children
  • Field trips will be allowed
  • Temperature checks and SafeEntry will no longer be needed
  • Health Risk Notices will no longer be given by MOH for Covid-19 cases in schools

Campus entry map

Gate 2A for pedestrians
Gate 2 for cars from 07:55 onwards

Primary school information

[NEW] Campus Entry
Drop off:
  • FIRST DAY FOR NEW STUDENTS - Please go to Gate 2A
  • Gate 3 for pedestrians
  • Gate 1A for pedestrians
  • Gate 1 for cars dropping off:
    • Drop off your child at the Sports Complex or the level 2 Forum drop off by entering gate 1 on Dairy Farm Lane.
    • If you need to park, please park on campus near the Sports Complex by entering gate 1.
    • Do not park on the streets outside the campus.
  • Drop off time: 07:30 onwards
Pick up:
  • Gate 3 for pedestrians
  • Gate 1A for pedestrians
  • Gate 1 for cars picking up
    • Two pick up zones: Sports Complex pick up, or level 2 Forum pick up zones available via gate 1 on Dairy Farm Lane.
    • If you need to park, please park on campus near the Sports Complex by entering gate 1.
  • Pick up time: 14:55
  • Bus departure time: 15:05
SCHOOL BUS ENTRY

Fixed seating - Your child will be assigned a seat and must sit in the same seat each day

No talking or interaction - Students must sit silently during the bus journey (See FAQ)

[NEW] ON-CAMPUS REGULATIONS
  • Students will need to register via SafeEntry upon entering and leaving the campus
  • Students should always wear masks when: 
    • Indoor in air-conditioned environments
    • In high traffic common areas such as canteen, staircase, forum and walkways
  • No more temperature screening will be necessary
  • School activities do not need to be grouped by level cohort
  • No more staggered arrival timings. Students can play/stay on campus before school starts without the need to proceed directly to the classrooms.
  • Pods are open, safe distancing is encouraged but will no longer be required in all mask-on settings, and safe distance markings on the campus have been removed
  • No zoning is required for Primary and Secondary students
  • All external trips or excursions are allowed subject to the external venue's SMMs and Vaccination Differentiated SMMs (VDS).
  • Physical Education (PE) mask-off activities are allowed in classes in groups of up to 10.
  • Canteen: No vaccination differentiation measures (VDS) or check-in required. However, maximum in groups of 5. Parents are not allowed to eat in the canteen.
  • Library: open for Primary and Secondary, no VDS required and up to the capacity limit. However, maximum in groups of  5.
  • Music: Mask-off music activities (i.e. singing and wind instrument playing) can be carried out in groups of 10. Unvaccinated students (>12 years) may participate after obtaining a weekly negative result on a self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART). These Students must submit their ART test using this link.

Campus entry map

Gate 1A and Gate 3 pedestrians
Gate 1 cars and taxis

Secondary school information

[NEW] Campus Entry
Drop off:
  • FIRST DAY FOR NEW STUDENTS - Please go to Gate 2A
  • Gate 3 for pedestrians
  • Gate 1A for pedestrians
  • Gate 1 for cars dropping off:
    • Drop off your child at the Sports Complex or the level 2 Forum drop off by entering gate 1 on Dairy Farm Lane.
    • If you need to park, please park on campus near the Sports Complex by entering gate 1.
    • Do not park on the streets outside the campus.
  • Drop off time: 07:30 onwards
Pick up:
  • Gate 3 for pedestrians
  • Gate 1A for pedestrians
  • Gate 1 for cars picking up
    • Two pick up zones: Sports Complex pick up, or level 2 Forum pick up zones available via gate 1 on Dairy Farm Lane.
    • If you need to park, please park on campus near the Sports Complex by entering gate 1.
  • Pick up time: 14:55
  • Bus departure time: 15:05
SCHOOL BUS ENTRY

Fixed seating - Your child will be assigned a seat and must sit in the same seat each day

No talking or interaction - Students must sit silently during the bus journey (See FAQ)

[NEW] ON-CAMPUS REGULATIONS
  • Students will need to register via SafeEntry upon entering and leaving the campus
  • Students should always wear masks when: 
    • Indoor in air-conditioned environments
    • In high traffic common areas such as canteen, staircase, forum and walkways
  • No more temperature screening will be necessary
  • School activities do not need to be grouped by level cohort
  • No more staggered arrival timings. Students can play/stay on campus before school starts without the need to proceed directly to the classrooms.
  • Pods are open, safe distancing is encouraged but will no longer be required in all mask-on settings, and safe distance markings on the campus have been removed
  • No zoning is required for Primary and Secondary students
  • All external trips or excursions are allowed subject to the external venue's SMMs and Vaccination Differentiated SMMs (VDS).
  • Physical Education (PE) mask-off activities are allowed in classes in groups of up to 10.
  • Canteen: No vaccination differentiation measures (VDS) or check-in required. However, maximum in groups of 5. Parents are not allowed to eat in the canteen.
  • Library: open for Primary and Secondary, no VDS required and up to the capacity limit. However, maximum in groups of  5.
  • Music: Mask-off music activities (i.e. singing and wind instrument playing) can be carried out in groups of 10. Unvaccinated students (>12 years) may participate after obtaining a weekly negative result on a self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART). These Students must submit their ART test using this link.

Campus entry map

Gate 1A and Gate 3 pedestrians
Gate 1 cars and taxis (morning only)


FAQ - Frequently asked questions

• Campus opening questions

• Temperature Screening, health and entry procedure questions

• Leave of Absence questions

• School activities and programmes questions

• Other questions


Campus opening questions

Does my child have to wear a mask all day at school?

Students and staff should always wear masks when:

- Indoor in air-conditioned environments
- In high traffic common areas such as canteen, staircase, forum and walkways

Please refer to the Ministry of Health FAQ for more information regarding face masks and shields.

Will there be any on-campus events during 2021/22?

Please check the school calendar for the latest updates.

Can parents enter the campus?

Yes, visitors are allowed on campus if fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 (180 days), or medically exempted. The need to fill out campus entry approval forms have been discontinued. However, visitors will not be allowed to have social gatherings on campus and are not allowed to enter our canteen.


Temperature Screening, Health and entry procedure questions

Who will need to use Trace Together app or token?

All GESS students in Primary and Secondary grades 1-12 and Eingangsstufe.

Preschool students do not need a token, however, accompanying parents will need to use the TraceTogether app or token to enter our campus.

Does my child have to carry the Trace Together token all day?

Primary and secondary students will need to check-in of the campus using the TraceTogether token or app on their handphone. Once your child has completed SafeEntry, they can put the token in their bag until they leave the campus. Students will only need to check in each time they enter the campus.

Can my child attend school if they forget to bring their token or handphone?

Yes, your child can enter the campus, however, GESS reserves the right to send a student home if they repeatedly forget. For the first two occasions, we will send you a reminder if your child arrives at school without their token or handphone. On the third occasion, we will send your child home or you will be required to pick up your child.

What happens if my child loses their token?

You will need to visit the nearest token distribution centre to get a replacement token. Please see https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/ for your nearest distribution centre.

MY CHILD IS IN PRIMARY GRADE 01 OR EINGANGSSTUFE BUT IS NOT 7 YEARS OLD YET.

It is now possible for children under 7 years old to collect a TraceTogether Token. https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/f...

Where can I find out more information about TraceTogether?

You can read the TraceTogether token FAQ for more information on how data is encrypted, secured and used https://token.gowhere.gov.sg/faq

Who is being screened?

Every visitor, staff and student including but not limited to: contractors, canteen staff, bus drivers, vendors and instructors are being screened each time they enter the GESS campus. This will continue until further notice. We realise this may cause delays, however, the safety of our students and community is our priority.

Do I have to pick up my child if their temperature is 37.5°C or above or they have a fever, sore throat, cough or runny nose?

Yes, it is a mandatory school procedure. Please cooperate with the First Aid team and pick up your child as soon as possible. Your child will be kept in an isolation room with a member of the First Aid team.

How often are the buses disinfected?

Bus drivers and the Bus team disinfect buses twice on a daily basis using the same cleaning products as GESS. Hand sanitising is far more important in preventing the spread of germs, however, during these challenging times, we have added extra cleaning measures for buses.

What time does the campus open?

The campus is open at 07:15 for students. Do not arrive earlier than this.


Leave of absence questions

What is shn?

Stay Home Notice (SHN) is a Singapore government notice given by the Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA). Click here for more information.

A member of my family/household is on stay home notice. can my children come to school?

Follow Ministry of Health (MOH) instructions under protocol 3.

Application for leave

We respect that each family has the right to decide whether to send their children to school during this difficult period. If you wish to keep your children at home, please make sure you fill in the application for leave form and inform the School Bus team (bus@gess.sg) if appropriate. Completing the form is compulsory.

Absences will be marked as authorised absence and there will be no effect on Student’s pass attendance requirements.

CAN MY CHILD GO TO SCHOOL IF A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER HAS RETURNED TO SINGAPORE ON A VTL FLIGHT?

Yes, students may attend school.


School activities and programmes questions

Is my child's CCA / music lesson (VIP) or Language class (LEP) cancelled?

Please check the Coronavirus update page in Parent Portal for the latest information on which programmes are operating.

ARE ALL break times and outdoor play cancelled?

No zoning is required and children have free choice of play areas.

[NEW] What is the current situation regarding sports activities?

There will be mask-off activities in PE classes in groups of up to 10.

[NEW] WHAT IS THE CURRENT SITUATION REGARDING music/drama ACTIVITIES?

Mask-off music activities (i.e. singing and wind instrument playing) can be carried out in groups of 10. Unvaccinated students (>12 years) may participate after obtaining a weekly negative result on a self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART). These Students must submit their ART test using this link.

[NEW] What are the current restrictions in the canteen?

No vaccination differentiation measures (VDS) or check-in required. However, maximum in groups of 5. Parents are not allowed to eat in the canteen.


Other questions

I have received different information from a whatsapp group or internet site

All official GESS communication, procedures and advice is published in Parent Portal. This is the only official source of GESS information about the Coronavirus.

There have been several false rumours published on the internet and in WhatsApp groups. Please only follow official Ministry of Health and government advice.

I HAVE feedback for gess

Thank you; as a community school we welcome feedback. During these challenging times, we ask that feedback is NOT communicated via the main communication channels: phone lines, school@gess.sg, firstaid@gess.sg and operational staff.

It is vital that we keep these communication channels free for urgent and operational needs. You are welcome to submit feedback via this form and we will get back to you when possible.

Why isn't the information in German or why is the translation a little bit different

We are trying to simultaneously translate all information into German as part of our commitment to the community. This is a challenging task and we hope you understand that sometimes it will not be possible to have all the information translated into German or that there are some small differences in the translation. We will focus on making sure that the English text is always up-to-date with German translation updates happening as soon as possible. We will also work on translating key messages into other languages where appropriate to further support our diverse community.

If you see any errors or corrections, please submit a general feedback form.