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Haze Management Measures


The Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools have in place a school continuity plan to ensure the well-being of our students and staff during a haze situation. Schools are ready to respond and appropriate haze management measures based on Ministry of Health (MOH) health advisory.
The well-being of all students remains a key priority. Teachers will be on the lookout for students who are unwell and ensure that these students receive medical attention promptly.
As children respond differently to haze, parents should ensure their children have their medication, such as inhalers for asthma, with them. Parents should also take their children to seek medical attention if they are unwell and ensure that their children take their medication to school or arrange for alternative care arrangements to care for them at home.

School Continuity Plan

The school has in place a set of haze management plans and is ready to implement the appropriate haze management measures as required. A broad overview is provided below:

24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI)
Forecast

School Management Measures

≤100
(Good/Moderate)

Continue with normal activities1

101-200
(Unhealthy)

  • Schools will minimise prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion.
  • Students with pre-existing lung or heart conditions or are unwell will be exempted from all prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion.
  • Students and staff who are unwell will be temporarily accommodated in an air-conditioned room with an air purifier, before they are taken to seek medical attention. Parents of these students will also be notified.

201-300
(Very Unhealthy)

  • Schools will minimise outdoor activities.
  • Students with pre-existing lung or heart conditions or are unwell would be exempted from all outdoor activities.
  • Students, including those with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, will be in an enclosed indoor space with air purifiers2 deployed.
  • Students and staff who are unwell will be temporarily accommodated in an air-conditioned room with an air purifier, before they are taken to seek medical attention. Parents of these students will also be notified.

> 300
(Hazardous)

If PSI reaches 'Hazardous' level during school hours:

  • Schools will avoid outdoor activities and scale down lessons.
  • Students, including those with pre-existing lung or heart conditions, will be in an enclosed indoor space with air purifiers deployed.
  • Students and staff who are unwell will be temporarily accommodated in an air-conditioned room with an air purifier, before they are taken to seek medical attention. Parents of these students will also be notified.

    1. While the health advisory provides general precautionary advice, each individual's reaction to pollutants may vary. The amount of physical activity or exertion that can be performed also differs according to an individual's health status or capacity. Persons who are feeling unwell, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic lung or heart conditions, are advised to seek medical care.
    2. All school classrooms are deployed with air purifiers to further enhance the well-being of our students and staff and better protect them from the effects of haze.

Explanatory Notes:
Prolonged = continuous exposure for several hours
Strenuous = involving a lot of energy or effort
Minimise = do as little as possible
Avoid = do not do

School Closure
The Ministry will consider closing schools when the air quality forecast for the next day is Hazardous (24-hour PSI > 300). We will announce the closure of school at around the same time that the health advisory is released. School will contact parents to inform them of school closure for students.
We seek parents' understanding that relatively short notice for any announcement of school closure could be given. we also wish to encourage parents to make advance care arrangements for their children for such an eventuality. Our school-based Student Care Centre will continue to operate as they have procedures in place to manage such situations.