Carlow College has put extensive measures in place to ensure our campus is safe for students. But, your cooperation and understanding is needed as we all learn to live with the risk of COVID-19.
Protection against COVID-19 is a mutual responsibility shared by all students, staff and users of the campus to work collectively to enjoy a safe teaching, learning and working environment.
What Carlow College is Doing to Keep You Safe On Campus
- All our spaces, excluding classrooms, have been setup to support 2m social distancing
- Lecture halls and classrooms will be run at 50% capacity
- There are over 60 hand-sanitising units in place across the campus. Please sanitise your hands on a regular basis throughout the day.
- An enhanced cleaning and disinfection programme is in place for all facilities, including regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as handrails and door handles.
- One-way system in place for entry and exist to main College building:
- Entry is only via the front College door (blue door)
- Exit only permitted via the side door (adjacent to library)
- Roll calls will be held at the beginning of each on-campus class to assist with contract tracing
- Every classroom / lecture hall will be disinfected between classes
- Windows will be kept open in all lecture halls to allow for ventilation
What Can You Do
The first, and most important measure, is if you are feeling unwell, or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been advised that you should self-isolate – you cannot enter the College campus. If you have any of the symptoms, you should contact your GP immediately.
- Wearing a mask in all indoor public spaces on campus
- Where a student has a medical condition and cannot wear a mask, then you are required to wear a visor. In this instance, you need to contact the Nurse with evidence of your condition (i.e. GP or Consultant Letter) and you will then be issue with an exemption card to carry with you.
- Maintain a 2m social distance, where feasible
- You are asked to walk on the left-hand side of all hallways to ensure maximum social distancing is achieved as students and staff navigate the College buildings.
- Maintain good personal hygiene at all times, including:
- Regular hand washing / disinfection
- Respiratory etiquette by covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid crowded areas and keep your contacts to a minimum when out and about on or off campus
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19:
- a fever
- a cough (this can be any kind of cough, not just dry)
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- loss or change of your sense of smell or taste
- flu like symptoms
Preparing for Attending Campus
Students should be aware of the following guidelines when preparing to attend classes on campus;
- Sharing of personal items with others should be avoided
- Bring your own filled personal water bottle. Water dispensers will be available on campus for refill.
- Bring your own supply of stationary including pens, notebooks etc.
- Laptops should not be shared.
- It is recommended that each student bring antiseptic wipes with them to wipe down their workspaces
- Masks will be required in all indoors spaces on campus, including during teaching.
- Unacceptable masks include:
- Scarves, bandanas, snoods
- Masks with “direct exhaust valves”
- Masks that are disrespectful and inappropriate for a campus environment or contain an offensive message or image
- Be aware that rooms may be cooler as maximising ventilation will impact temperature. Come prepared with a warm outer garment such as a fleece.
Carlow Vaccination Centre are not currently running any walk-in vaccination clinics. You can register for your free COVID-19 vaccine here
Carlow Vaccination Centre address:
The Woodford Dolmen Hotel Vaccination Centre
Contract Tracing – What We Need You To Do
Public health and Carlow College need to react quickly to potential cases of COVID-19. In order to support this we encourage Carlow College students to do the following:
1. HSE COVID-19 Tracker App
We encourage you to download the Government’s COVID-19 Tracker App. All Irish third-level institutions are asking their students to download the HSE COVID-19 app as a key measure to help manage the risk of COVID-19 in the large national third level student population.
COVID-19 poses a risk not just on campus but in every aspect of our lives. Using the HSE COVID-19 Tracker App will enable much more effective and timely contact tracing.
2. Be present for roll call
Please arrive on-time for your on-campus classes & lectures to be present for the roll call. This will facilitate speedy contract tracing should a staff member or student contract COVID-19.