22 May 2020
As students head back to school, Temasek Foundation is partnering the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and Ministry of Education (MOE) to give some specially prepared items to all pre-school, early intervention centres, primary, secondary, special education (SPED), junior college and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students and teachers, to help them keep safe.
Pre-school, primary, secondary, SPED and junior college students will each be given two bottles of hand sanitiser each: one 50ml pocket-sized sanitiser to carry with them, and a larger one of 500ml to refill the smaller one. The sanitiser solution is made up of 40% isopropyl alcohol and 0.1% benzalkonium chloride (or BKC) – a disinfectant that can be used against coronaviruses.
Pre-school and primary school students will also be given a face shield each, as an alternative to face masks. Face shields can be washed simply with soap and water, to maintain its anti-fog properties.
As pre-school teachers may have to come into closer contact with children, Temasek Foundation will also provide all pre-school teachers and staff with face shields and an oximeter. Some have already received these, as they completed their swab tests over the past few days. Others will receive them in the course of the next few weeks.
In addition, students, service contractors and staff at ITE will each be given a pair of MaskSafe DET30 reusable masks, one 50ml pocket-sized sanitiser to carry with them and a 500ml bottle of non-alcohol 0.2% BKC hand sanitiser each. MaskSafe DET30 are reusable, and can retain its anti-microbial effectiveness for up to 30 washes. With a wash one, wear one approach, the pair of MaskSafe reusable masks can provide daily use for up to two months.
Temasek Foundation is working with its partners to ensure that all schools can receive these items by 8 June. This initiative is expected to benefit more than 650,000 students, and 42,000 teachers and contract staff.
Given the logistics involved, some students may not receive the items on the first day they return to school. Should this be the case, we encourage parents to ensure their pre-school and primary school children to use their own masks or face shields in school in the interim.
Ms Koh Lin-Net, Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Nurtures, said “These efforts are part of our Stay Prepared initiative to support the Singapore community during this COVID-19 period. We would like to do our part and help our children and teachers to stay safe by equipping them with a face shield or mask and also hand sanitisers that will come in handy when they have no immediate access to soap and water.”
“We deeply appreciate the generous and thoughtful support from Temasek Foundation to provide our children and staff in the pre-school and early intervention community with face shields and sanitisers which are important to safe management practices. These contributions will help our community stay COVID-Safe together, as we prepare to resume services in phases from 2 June,” said Ms Jamie Ang, Chief Executive, Early Childhood Development Agency.