Last Day of School ( HBL)


Daily Dose: Last day of HBL

Congrats parents, if you are reading this, you have survived HBL.

Compared to the teething moment of HBL last year, this year's experience for us has been much more sane and enjoyable. Most of the time, the boys were left to their own devices to handle HBL. At their age, supervision was deemed as a hindrance rather than a help. 

Nonetheless, I had sat and observed for a few session. This year's HBL was much more interactive as there were zoom sessions conducted. The children and the teacher got to interact with each other during the sessions. Moreover, there were real-time quizzes and other opportunities for the students to participate and have fun. Unlike 2020 HBL, where one just logged into SLS and do their assigned work, this year's short HBL proves that we can make lemonades out of lemons. 

With some tweaks and improvement, I foresee that HBL will be part of the curriculum in the future regardless of COVID-19. While it should not be the mainstay for education ( nothing beats face to face interaction), it could be an option for schools to adopt on an ad hoc basis. For students, it would mean experiencing a different way of learning. For educators, it would mean stepping out of the comfort zone and finding new ways to teach and motivate the children.

HBL is not always as bad as what parents or media made it out to be. With school holidays on the horizon and the limitation of heading out due to Phase 2 HA, next week will be a challenge for parents. 

Surviving HBL is just the easy part, having a holiday with nowhere to go would be the real challenge.

1) 25 COVID-19 Cases

  • 15 Local Cases
  • 1 Imported

Out of 15 local cases, 14 are in the community and 1 in dorms. 12 were quarantined and 3 were unlinked. For the first time in the past 2 weeks, there are no students on the daily MOH COVID-19 list.

The numbers out yesterday are encouraging. Let's see if it can be maintained.

Source: MOH

2) 2 Kindergartens at Grace Assembly of God to remain open, church premises to be cleaned and disinfected.

A pastor from the church was tested positive for COVID-19. He has no contact with the schools.Grace Assembly of God was identified as a cluster during the first wave of COVID-19.

Source: ST

3) 3 community care facilities more than 10% full, 2 more on standby in cases COVID19 numbers surge

The three community care facilities are D Resort NTUC Tuas South and Bright Vision Hospital. 

As of May 26., there are 282 people in isolation.

Source: Today

4) Expect delays in receiving COVID-19 swab test results in Singapore - lab officials

 People waiting for Covid-19 swab test results may experience delays beyond 24 hours because laboratories are experiencing a surge in the number of swabs being sent in daily, said Parkway Laboratories chief executive Daniel Tan.

It is good to know that despite the surge in tests, the actual number is coming down.

Source: ST

5) Singapore tightens border measures for travellers from Australia's Victoria state

From 11.59pm on Saturday, short-term travellers holding an Air Travel Pass with travel history to Victoria within the last 21 days before departing for Singapore will not be allowed to enter the country.

Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders with travel history to Victoria within the last 21 days before departure will be subject to an on-arrival COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, a seven-day stay-home notice at their place of residence, and a COVID-19 PCR test before the end of the stay-home notice period.

 This is due to a spike in COVID-19 cases there.

Source: CNA

6) Lucky Plaza, NEX visited by COVID-10 cases during the infectious period.

Eateries FLNT at 1-ATICO in ION Orchard, The Social Alley at NTP+ and Al Forno at East Coast Road were also added to the list. Other locations include a POSB branch at Tiong Bahru Plaza and the Da Jin Factory Building at Upper Paya Lebar Road.

Source: CNA

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