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Haze Management

MOE Haze Updates

Haze Management Measures

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools have in place a school continuity plan to ensure the well-being of our students and staff during a haze situation. Schools are ready to respond and take appropriate haze management measures based on a set of guidelines corresponding to the health advisory.

The well-being of all students remains a key priority. Teachers will be on the lookout for students who are unwell and ensure that these students receive medical attention promptly. For students who have pre-existing heart or lung conditions, schools have a list of these students' names and will also be monitoring their well-being.

As children respond differently to haze, parents should ensure their children have their medication, such as inhalers for asthma, with them. Parents should also take their children to seek medical attention if they are unwell and ensure that their children take their medication to school or arrange for alternative care arrangements to care for them at home.

Continuity Plan for Primary and Secondary Schools

All primary and secondary schools have in place a set of haze management plans and are ready to implement the appropriate haze management measures as required. These plans have been in place since the haze season last year. A broad overview is provided below:

Index CategoryManagement Measures
≤100
(Good/Moderate)
  • Normal activities
101-200
(Unhealthy)
  • Schools will minimise outdoor activities such as outdoor assembly, outdoor camps and sports activities.
  • Students and staff who are unwell will be temporarily accommodated in an air-conditioned room with an air purifier, before they are taken to seek medical attention. Parents of these students will also be notified.
  • Students with pre-existing lung and heart conditions or are unwell will be exempted from all physical exercise.
201-300
(Very Unhealthy)
  • There will be no physical exercises (indoor and outdoor).
  • Classroom lessons will continue, but lessons may be modified as appropriate. For instance, students may be assigned work that can be completed at their desks.
  • Students and staff who are unwell will be temporarily accommodated in an air-conditioned room with an air purifier, before they are taken to seek medical attention. Parents of these students will also be notified.
  • Students with pre-existing lung and heart conditions will be moved to enclosed indoor spaces, such as school library.
> 300
(Hazardous)

If PSI reaches 'Hazardous' level during school hours:

  • Schools will scale down lessons.
  • All students, including those with pre-existing lung and heart conditions, will be in enclosed indoor spaces, including classrooms with doors and windows fully closed. Schools will spread out students across the enclosed indoor spaces, such as the library, to allow for better thermal comfort and ventilation.
  • Students and staff who are unwell will be temporarily accommodated in an air-conditioned room with an air purifier, before they are taken to seek medical attention. Parents of these students will also be notified.

Closure of Primary and Secondary Schools

The Ministry will consider closing all primary and secondary schools to students when the health advisory for the next day indicates that the air quality will be at the hazardous level. School-based student care centres will operate during periods of closure. We will announce the closure of schools at around the same time that the health advisory is released. Schools will also contact parents to inform them of the closure of schools for students via phone or SMS.

We seek parents' and employers' understanding that relatively short notice for any announcement of school closure could be given. We also wish to encourage parents to make advance care arrangements for their children for such an eventuality. Under those circumstances, we urge employers to exercise greater workplace flexibility in enabling their employees to care for their children.