Updates on 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) - ACC Institute of Human Services
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On 07 February 2020, Singapore raised raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange from Yellow. DORSCON Orange means that the disease is deemed severe and spreads easily from person to person, but has not spread widely and is being contained.

You should also visit a doctor immediately and declare your travel history if you are feeling unwell. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose, shortness of breath), you should wear a surgical mask and call the clinic ahead of your visit.

Temperature Taking

All individuals entering 51 Cuppage Road will have their temperatures taken at the main entrance of the building. Please cooperate with the building management team. ACC reserves the right to turn away any clients who refuse to have their temperatures taken, have a fever and/or are displaying respiratory symptoms.

Key Contacts
Student Care Department – studentcare@acc.edu.sg

ACCIHS Circulars and Updates
With immediate effect, all lessons will be conducted purely via Zoom. Let’s stay home as much as we can and do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On 24 March 2020, the Singapore Government announced stricter measures that will take place from 26 March (Thursday), 11.59pm till 30 April in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). More information can be found in an article by The Straits Times here. The measures include:

  • All centre-based tuition and enrichment classes will be suspended to reduce the intermingling of students from different schools and enhance the safety of students.
  • All religious services will be suspended.
  • Malls, museums and restaurants must reduce crowd density to stay open.
  • All Singapore residents returning from Britain and the United States from Wednesday (March 25) 11.59pm will have to stay in hotels to serve their 14-day stay-home notice (SHN).
  • Those who breach the SHN will face fines of up to $10,000 or jail of up to six months or both.

In response to this, the Committee for Private Education (CPE) has also released an advisory to Private Education Institutions (PEIs). It highlights that the suspension of centre-based tuition and enrichment classes is for those offering pre-school and primary level programmes, as well as those offering centre-based enrichment classes

Please note that as a PEI which does not offer programmes at pre-school and primary-levels, class will proceed as usual, with lessons being livestreamed via Zoom for students to attend.

All students are advised to defer all non-essential travel abroad and the SHN policy has been updated to include persons transiting in identified affected areas.

*ASEAN countries besides Singapore includes Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao DPR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The SHN does not apply to land and sea crossings with Malaysia.

For more information about the updated travel advisory, click here.

Updated Measures

If there are any students who are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not come for class. All sessions will continue to be made available via Zoom.

Temperature-taking will be done at the entrance of 51 Cuppage Road prior to entering the building, as well as before each lesson commences. Travel and health declaration must also be filled up and signed prior to the commencement of the lesson.

All Singapore residents and long-term pass holders with a travel history to mainland China (outside of Hubei), and returning or coming to Singapore from 18 Feb 2020, 2359hr, will be issued a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon their arrival in Singapore.

A new travel declaration form will be sent out to students. For those who indicate recent travel history to China, ACC will issue a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) to these students.

Persons with travel history to Hubei will be placed on quarantine.

What must be done during the SHN period

A person under SHN will have to remain in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period, starting from the day of return. Day of return to Singapore is considered Day 0. 14-day count starts from the day after. For example, for a student who returned on 19 Feb 2020, his / her SHN would be in effect until 4 Mar 2020. The SHN would lapse on 5 Mar 2020. This is stricter than the existing Leave of Absence (LOA) regime, which allowed persons on LOA to leave their homes briefly, for example, to buy their meals or household and other supplies.

A person under SHN should also monitor his/her temperature twice daily for fever (i.e. ≥ 38°C) and respiratory symptoms such as cough and breathlessness.

Launch of optional classroom sessions with students joining the class online via Zoom

Launch of eLearning

From 10 Feb 2020 onwards, it is optional for students to be physically present for classes. Students who wish to stay home can choose to login to the live-stream of the class via Zoom.

Temperature-Taking Exercise

Please note that all individuals coming to ACC’s premises at 51 Cuppage Road will be required to have their temperatures taken at the main entrance of the building. The building management and ACC reserves the right to turn away any clients who refuse to have their temperatures taken, have a fever and/or are displaying respiratory symptoms.

You should also visit a doctor immediately and declare your travel history if you are feeling unwell. If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose, shortness of breath), you should wear a surgical mask and call the clinic ahead of your visit.

Dear Students,

Singapore has raised the DORSCON level to Orange. Schools will carry on as usual but they are cancelling inter-school, external and large-scale activities. On our end, we wish to ensure that the risk for students is minimized. As such, we will be introducing eLearning for students and we will do this in 2 phases to ease the class into this arrangement.

PHASE ONE – Classroom sessions with option to join the class online (Commencing from 10 February onwards)
Mode: Classroom sessions will continue but we will live-stream the session on Zoom, a video conferencing tool. This means that you can opt to stay home and tune in to the class via Zoom.

PHASE TWO – Classes are fully conducted online 
Mode: There will be no classroom sessions conducted, where all lessons will be conducted entirely on Zoom. Please note that this will depend entirely on the situation at the moment, which we are monitoring closely.

Please refer to your Student Portal for more information.

Dear students,

Taking reference from the measures announced by Ministry of Education, please note the following:

  1. Students are strongly advised to avoid travel to Hubei province in China and defer all non-essential travel to the rest of mainland China.
  2. Travel Declaration: We will require an update about your travel plans between 14 January 2020 to 31 March 2020. Please note that a NIL response is required if you are not travelling during this period of time. Please submit the information by 29 January (Wednesday), 11.59pm as we need to collate the responses.
  3. Leave of Absence: The 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) applies to the 3 returning groups below. The LOA starts from the day of arrival in Singapore from China. This applies to students who return from 14 January 2020 or later. Attached is an illustration of how the LOA should be applied for reference.
    • All staff and students of PEI returning from Hubei
    • All students returning from the rest of mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau)
    • All frontline staff of the Institute returning from the rest of mainland China (excluding Hubei, Hong Kong and Macau)
  4. All students who have returned from mainland China are to monitor and take their temperature daily. Those who are unwell should visit a doctor immediately and declare their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose, shortness of breath), they should wear a surgical mask and call the clinic ahead of their visit.

Thank you and keep well!

Dear students,

Please refer to the Advisory posted in your student portal for more information about the Novel Coronavirus.

Travel Declaration
If you are travelling over the weekend, or have recently returned from overseas, please email us at studentcare@acc.edu.sg to declare your travel plans.

If you are feeling unwell, please seek immediate medical attention and refrain from attending class until you have fully recovered. Let’s take good care of ourselves and exercise good personal hygiene as well.

ACC will be monitoring the situation and will keep students posted of any updates.