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Victoria Junior College to resume classes after students, staff test negative for COVID-19

Victoria Junior College to resume classes after students, staff test negative for COVID-19

A Google Street view of Victoria Junior College. (Image: Google Maps)

SINGAPORE: Physical lessons will resume at Victoria Junior College (VJC) on Monday (May 17), after all students, staff members and vendors tested negative for COVID-19.

The school shifted to full home-based learning on May 10 after one of its students contracted COVID-19. 

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said earlier that 2,200 people who had been in the school would be tested for the virus. More than 100 students and staff members were also quarantined.

Now that all have tested negative for the virus, physical lessons will resume as planned, MOE said in a statement on Thursday.

READ: Victoria Junior College student positive for COVID-19; more than 100 students, staff members quarantined

The student who tested positive was last in school on May 5 and developed flu-like symptoms after school that day and a fever on May 6. She went to a clinic the same day and was tested for COVID-19, with results coming back positive the next day.

Epidemiological investigations by the Ministry of Health have found that the student is linked to the Changi Airport cluster.

READ: VJC student who tested positive for COVID-19 is linked to Changi Airport cluster

READ: Jewel Changi Airport, Terminals 1 and 3 to be closed to public as COVID-19 testing continues

The student, identified as Case 62941, visited the Kopitiam food court at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on May 3, the day two other COVID-19 cases were there.

"The school will continue to monitor the well-being of all students and staff, as well as ensure the implementation of all necessary safe management measures," said MOE.

The update comes after the ministry said that Yio Chu Kang Primary School will conduct home-based learning from May 14 to May 17 after one of its students tested positive for COVID-19.

Students and staff who were in close contact with the student have  also been placed on a quarantine order.

Another school, Edgefield Secondary, resumed physical lessons on May 10 after moving to full home-based learning for four days after one of its students contracted COVID-19.

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Source: CNA/ll(cy)

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