Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19-related FAQs

No. Question Answer
REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN TERM 3
1 When does Term 3 begin and how long will Term 3 be? With the June holidays brought forward, Term 3 will resume on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 for 13 weeks. Given the longer Term 3, there will be a one-week mid-term break from 20 to 26 July 2020.

 

2 Why are schools reopened now? The college takes direction from MOE on the measures that we put in place in response to the current situation. It is likely that the battle against COVID-19 will be an extended one which may last beyond a year. Schools cannot be closed indefinitely. Having brought community transmission to a low and controlled level, MOE has advised a reopening of school to reclaim a sense of normalcy, while taking many precautions.

 

With the Full HBL period and May school holidays, many students and staff would not have been in school for over two months. Extending the period for students to return to school would increase the total amount of time that our students have been away from school, and this may be detrimental to students’ academic learning, as well as their socio-emotional and mental well-being.

 

In addition, with a staggered reopening of schools, and schools implementing even more safe management measures, we are able to welcome students back to school sooner rather than later, and this allows us to ease progressively into a new normal, where we can work and learn in a safe environment.

 

3 What will the arrangements be like in the first 4 weeks of school reopening? When college reopens on 2 June, students will go back to college on alternate weeks. As the graduating batch, the JC2s will be prioritised in returning to college. Weeks 1 and 3 will see the JC2 students learning in college, and JC1s will have their turn in Weeks 2 and 4. In the weeks that students are not present in college, learning will continue through Home-Based Learning (HBL).

 

4 What will happen after the first 4 weeks?

 

At the moment, all students are likely to return to school from Mondays to Fridays from Week 5 onwards. This is however subject to the prevailing national posture at that point in time. Further advice will be provided by MOE nearer to Week 5.

 

5 Can a student who is assigned for HBL for the week return to college during that week? In line with the staggered reopening of the college, students on HBL should not return to college, unless they have received prior approval from the Deans.

 

6 Will college activities/ programmes/events be suspended in light of the current situation? The college takes direction from MOE on the measures that we put in place in response to the current situation. At this point in time, mass physical gatherings and programmes that involve intermingling of students between classes/schools will remain suspended when school reopens in Term 3.

 

7 What precautions is the college taking to ensure that the college environment is safe? The college takes direction from MOE on the measures that we put in place in response to the current situation. These include

(i) staggered reopening of college in the first 4 weeks of Term 3 (i.e., about 50% of population at any point in time)

(ii) twice daily temperature-taking and visual and question screening for staff and students

(iii) temperature checking and checking-in and out via SafeEntry for all visitors, and denying entry where necessary

(iv) mandatory wearing of face masks for staff and students

(v) staggering recess (and meal consumption with their classes in designated lesson venues) and dismissal times, as well as designating pedestrian entry via different gates

(vi) enhancing cleaning regimes for staff and student common areas and high-touch surfaces

(vii) fixed exam-style seating or fixed-group cluster seating in regularly-ventilated lesson venues with safe distancing

(viii) where more than one class comes together for certain lessons, class groups will be formed and each group will be spaced further from others

(ix) reducing intermingling through suspension of mass physical gatherings, external school activities and inter-school activities

(x) discouraging non-essential visits to the college

(xi) encouraging students to upkeep personal hygiene and carry out wipe-down routines at appropriate junctures

(xii) regulating face-to-face consultations (especially in the first 4 weeks of Term 3)

(xiii) encouraging students to go home immediately after lessons and/or consultations

 

MOE is closely monitoring the situation, and should there be further changes, our college will respond accordingly.

 

8 Can parents/students opt to remain on HBL after school reopens? The Minister for Education has explained this at length. Unless there are specific concerns arising from medical conditions, attending school cannot be made voluntary.

 

The college has been making every effort to implement the various safe management measures to ensure the safety of all students and staff. As HBL can never be as effective as face-to-face lessons, staying at home for HBL would mean that missing face-to-face lessons for more than 8 weeks, given the Full HBL period and the May school holidays. Returning to college will ensure teachers are able to work with students effectively.

 

[See also Q2]

 

9 Will teachers/students in the college be tested for COVID-19? Testing complements the other safe management measures put in place to safeguard the well-being and safety of teachers and students. It allows early identification and containment of COVID-19 cases. At the outset, anyone who is unwell, especially if they display respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, cough or sore throat, should see a doctor.

 

Staff and students of the college, if diagnosed by the doctor to have Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and require COVID-19 testing, will be referred by the doctor to a polyclinic, designated GP clinic participating in the Swab-and-Send-Home (SASH) initiative or Regional Screening Centre set up by the Health Promotion Board to undergo a test. This also applies to personnel working in schools but who are not MOE-hires.

 

MOE staff and students will need to bring along their student/staff pass that has their NRIC/FIN number.

 

Students 16 years of age should also be accompanied by a parent/guardian for the test. This facilitates consent-taking and communication to both the student and parent/guardian on the precautions to take note of while awaiting the test results at home.

 

10 How will schools respond when there is a confirmed case of infection in schools? In case of infection cases in schools, MOE has put in place a stringent process in place to safeguard student's well-being while ensuring that learning continues. When MOE is notified of a confirmed case, schools will quickly carry out the following, on top of the existing precautionary measures:

 

·         Those who have been in close contact will either be quarantined or issued 14 days of Leave of Absence (LOA) from the school;

·         Depending on the situation of the case, the affected school will close for a day to carry out deep cleaning and disinfection of the school premises to ensure that the school continues to remain a safe environment for learning;

·         There will be close monitoring of the situation to assess the risk of potential localised cluster in the school.

 

These measures have proven to be effective in limiting the transmission of the virus in our schools. Hence, it would not be necessary to institute national school closures when there is a confirmed case in schools.

 

However, given the fluid nature of COVID-19, MOE will continue to monitor the situation very closely, and will take further measures if necessary.

 

11 Will there be Physical Education (PE) lessons? The college believes that PE lessons are as important to a student’s holistic development as academic lessons are. The college will continue to ensure that safe distancing is observed during PE lessons and that the lessons are conducted in large and well-ventilated venues to reduce risk of transmission. Where equipment is used, it will not be shared during lessons and will be wiped down at the end of the lesson. Lessons involving contact sports will not be conducted.

 

12 Are students required to wear masks for PE lessons? Students and teachers need not wear their mask during PE lessons when taking part in strenuous physical activities, such as running and drills for warm-ups, and are expected to put their masks back on when lessons have ended.

 

13 What will happen to the National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA)? Taking into consideration that students may not be sufficiently prepared physically, NAPFA this year will be cancelled.

 

14 Are CCAs still suspended when college reopen? When can CCA resume? Currently, mass physical gatherings continue to be suspended, so CCAs will not be conducted in its traditional format. Instead, CCA will take the form of eCCAs, with synchronous and/or asynchronous activities conducted online. MOE will continue to monitor the situation closely and assess if CCA can resume in its traditional format vis-à-vis the prevailing national posture and safe distancing measures.

 

15 Do precautionary measures apply to school vendors?

 

The precautionary measures the college has implemented to safeguard the well-being of students and staff also apply to school vendors. Temperature taking is conducted daily for vendors, including canteen vendors, cleaners, and security guards. Individuals who have a temperature of 38oC or higher, or who exhibit flu-like symptoms, will be asked to seek medical assistance immediately. Vendors are required to inform the school should they or any of their staff go on medical leave/HQO/LOA/SHN.

 

16 Can students look for their teachers for consultations? To ensure the gradual and safe return to college, students can meet their teachers for face-to-face consultations at designated areas only during breaks times for Weeks 1 and 2 in Term 3, and only up to 5pm in Weeks 3 and 4. Students are also strongly encouraged to go home as soon as possible (i.e., after lessons or face-to-face consultations end). These consultations will be logged by teachers for contact tracing purposes, should the need arise. Face masks will have to be donned throughout these consultations, and there should be no more than 2 students from the same class / teaching group for each consultation.

 

Online consultations can also be employed in replacement. These can be arranged at mutually agreeable times between teachers and students.

 

1. ADMISSIONS

The Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) is conducted annually by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'O' Level certificate holders to apply for admission to post-secondary institutions.

The Joint Admissions Exercise 2020 is scheduled to be conducted in January 2020.

More information on JAE can be found on MOE's website here.

2. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The aggregate of the First Language (L1) and 5 relevant subjects (R5) is computed automatically by the Ministry of Education to determine if you qualify for a 2-year JC course.

First language (L1) refers to English/Higher Mother Tongue

The relevant 5 subjects (R5) must include:

Subject 1 - Humanities/Higher Art/Higher Music

Subject 2 - Mathematics/Science

Subject 3 - Humanities/Higher Art/Higher Music/Mathematics/Science

Subject 4 - Any O-level subject (excluding Religious Knowledge and CCA)

Subject 5 - Any O-level subject (excluding Religious Knowledge and CCA)

For admission to a junior college, a student must obtain an L1R5 aggregate not exceeding 20 points. The English grade must be at least a C6; Mother Tongue at least a D7 and Mathematics at least a D7.

3. JAE APPEAL PROCEDURE

The appeal exercise starts upon the release of posting results. Only students with net L1R5 equal or less than ASRJC cut-off points for the respective Science and Arts streams can be considered for appeal.

You are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Application form: The applicant must submit the appeal online. Alternatively, the hard copy of this form would be made available at our General Office, after the release of the posting results.
  2. A duplicate copy of your Joint Admission Exercise Form A, latest GCE ‘O’ Level results slip, CCA records and Secondary 4E/5N Mid-Year Examination and Preliminary Examination results.
  3. Other supporting documents that may aid in your appeal.

Please note that the original documents must be produced during the submission for the purpose of verification.

4. SUBJECT COMBINATIONS

At ASRJC, we offer 3 H2 and 1 H1 content subjects OR 4 H2 content subjects, together with 3 H1 subjects which are General Paper, Project Work and Mother Tongue Language.