Last Updated Monday 19th April 2021
The Government guidelines for Level 5 (Plan for Living with COVID-19) state that:
- Higher, further and adult education should remain primarily online.
- Work from home unless essential for work which is an essential health, social care or other essential service and cannot be done from home.
What does that mean for Carlow College, St. Patrick’s?
The College will remain open online, but with very restricted access to the building. The College has made the decision that all Semester 2 teaching will be delivered online, along with its administrative and student support services as planned. Semester 2 exams in May and repeat Semester 1 & 2 exams in August will be online take-home exams. We have taken this decision to give students and lecturers some clarity as they plan for the coming months.
We are committed to offering you the best possible online learning experience. Students taking practical modules should be reassured that we are exploring all options to ensure that learning outcomes and proficiencies are met.
If the public health situation improves and it becomes possible to bring you into the College, we will try to organise some events later in Semester 2. These will be optional and be focussed on offering opportunities for social interaction between students themselves and between staff and students.
If you require further information, please see the College website or alternatively contact your Academic Advisor and/or Programme Director.
We are aware that you are all making huge efforts to engage with your programmes during this difficult time. Please remember that we are here to assist you in any way we can so please do not hesitate to ask.
Staff are encouraged to work from home. However, in order to ensure that we continue to provide services to our learners it may be necessary for some staff to work on site.
It is vital that we #flattenthecurve. The future of the virus is in our hands. Do it for yourself. Do it for others. Every positive step forward we take is one step back for the virus.
The normal working of Carlow College, St. Patrick’s College remains subject to the State’s Covid 19 or Coronavirus Healthcare Directives and to the regulations and guidelines of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
Precautions & Public Health
It is crucial at this time that we all observe the social distancing guidelines, in everything that we do, if we are to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.
Some of the things you can do:
- keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people
- reduce interactions with people outside the workplace and home
- reduce the number of people you meet every day
- avoid communal sleeping areas
- avoid crowded places
The safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and our wider community is our highest priority and the College is taking the necessary steps to ensure this. We will continue to address the concerns of all staff and students of the College and to provide updates by email and on this webpage.
- We are, once again, asking all our staff and learners to be alert to their personal health and the warning symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and fever (high temperature) which may lead to a serious health condition that must be referred for medical advice without delay. Please access the HSE website for more information: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
It is recommended that as the spread of COVID-19 continues throughout Ireland and abroad that only necessary internal and overseas travel is undertaken at this time. In addition to potentially exposing yourself to infection, if abroad your return journey to Ireland maybe impacted by the escalation of the spread of COVID-19.
Protect yourself and others
Updated guidelines from the HSE:
You should call your GP to be assessed for a test if you have a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above) or chills AND one of the following symptoms:
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath
- breathing difficulties
To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.
Restricted movements and self-isolation
Restricted movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. You will need to do this if you are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus and you are still well.
Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You will need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect someone, the virus has to get from an infected person’s nose or mouth into another person’s eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keeping this in mind will help you to remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus. The most important action we can take to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19 is regular hand washing and good respiratory hygiene.
Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to follow this advice too:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. Or use an alcohol based hand rub.
- If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow. Have tissues available.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
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