RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)
February 13, 2020:
This is an important update from Girl Scouts Singapore about the worldwide coronavirus epidemic that is having an impact on the delivery of the Girl Scout program in Singapore. As always, the health and safety of our Girl Scouts remains our top priority. As such, we have been closely monitoring the recommendations of Singapore's Ministry of Education (MOE).
After reviewing the government guidelines and conferring with other scouting organizations in Singapore, we have decided to continue to hold troop meetings. This includes not only one-school troops, but multiple school troops, as well. We have carefully reviewed the guidelines of the Singapore Scouting Association, and in accordance with their guidelines, we feel we are able to resume troop meetings. We believe it is important in a time of crisis for things to be as normal as possible for children and Girl Scouts is a stable haven for our many girls.
However, we acknowledge that some troop leaders and parents may not feel comfortable with meetings in person. For this reason, we are offering our troop leaders the ability to utilize Zoom software to conduct virtual meetings, either for their whole troop, or to include those girls whose parents are not comfortable sending them to troop meetings. Training on Zoom is available to leaders and some have already completed it.
We will also ask our troop leaders to provide homework on request to girls who are unable to attend troop meetings for any reason, so they can continue to earn their badges and keep active in the troop if at all possible. We ask for your support as parents in these efforts.
However, the safety of our children is in YOUR hands. We have asked that our troop leaders cancel meetings if the leader is unwell, and we appreciate your understanding if this has to happen. This is a great time to remind girls about handwashing and hygiene. If your child is on an LOA from school, please follow the same rules for Girl Scout meetings as you do for school,
If troops are meeting, they should follow the guidelines below:
All girls will need to have their travel declarations form completed in CareMonkey before attending troop meetings.
If your child is unwell, please do not send her to a troop meeting.
Please take your daughter’s temperature before sending her to a meeting. If she is coming directly from school, we assume the school has taken her temperature during the day.
Troop leaders will also be conducting temperature checks prior to starting the meetings, and unfortunately, if your child has a fever of 37.5 or higher, she will not be allowed to attend.
We appreciate your understanding. This is in accordance with school guidelines.
Hands will need to be washed prior to the meeting and, if possible, during meetings.
We ask that snacks are not shared during the meeting. If girls are bringing their own snacks, continue to ensure they are nut free.
We are strongly recommending outdoor activities or the use of well-ventilated rooms.
As a reminder, last week in accordance with MOE guidelines, we have cancelled Daisy Journey-in-a-Day and all of our camps including Day Camp and Overnight Camp, until further notice. Other scheduled, large, community events will be reviewed in the coming weeks as more information about the virus is available.
We are heartbroken to do so, but it is what it is. For events that we can postpone or reschedule to a later date, we will try our best to do so. So far we have tentatively rescheduled overnight camp to April 17-19. We will update you when we have rescheduled dates for our other events. We realize parents may have questions about refunds, rescheduling, and more. We have set up Frequently Asked Questions below.
We thank you for taking this issue seriously and for understanding it is important to take precautionary steps to protect the health and safety of our girls, adults, and families in Singapore. As an all-volunteer committee, we are making every effort to do our best to work with this very fluid situation. Thank you for your understanding and support.
The FAQs below will be updated as the situation evolves.