Dear colleagues and students,
I am writing to you on foot of the most recent government decision to put in place further restrictions to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.
These restrictions involve everybody staying at home in all circumstances, except for certain defined situations, until Midnight on April 12th. By complying fully with these measures, you can help to curb Covid-19, thereby reducing pressure on the health system and ultimately helping to save lives.
As you know, we in LIT have been maintaining essential services for staff and students in coordination with the Department of Education and Skills and adhering to the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and the HSE. This will not change, and we will continue to deliver teaching and learning and all necessary administrative and professional functions through online and remote means during this period.
As an Institute we are coming into Week 12 of teaching delivery. To be clear all teaching as it has been delivered over the last two weeks is to continue. As I have said in my note of last Thursday, decisions are being taken this coming week on the nature of end of semester/year assessments for all programmes in LIT. A special meeting of our Standing Committee of Academic Council will take place this week to endorse the assessment types that will be utilised. I will then be emailing all students to update you generally on what these decisions will mean for your exams. You will then be contacted by your departments on the specifics of your programme. So as the Department of Education and Skills has asked for: keep going with the studies and delivery.
In addition, LIT is working closely with the HSE on a number of specific projects, and this work requires certain staff continuing to physically be on campus in order to directly support the HSE. Such staff are authorised to leave home and to work on campus for this purpose. The only support services available on campus are those which are necessary for this work to continue. The LIT facilities and staffing requirements involved are likely to evolve further as the situation develops, but the only people who will be allowed on campus are those who must be there for our work with the HSE to continue, or to ensure the institution’s business continuity.
I would like once more to thank everyone in the LIT community for your efforts to date, and ask you to please keep it going. We are now in a new period when it is more important than ever to look after each other and adhere with the advice of the authorities.
Ní neart go cur le chéile.
As ever, the only source of up to date official LIT information is www.lit.ie/Covid19. You will also find live updates from the HSE and other information there.
Best wishes and stay safe