This COVID-19 guidelines and responsibilities document provides further information of what is expected of students as outlined in the COVID-19 Student Charter.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways and people of all ages. Current evidence suggests that the virus is significantly more infectious than other viral illnesses leading to easy transmission amongst people. Patients are normally infectious until all the symptoms have gone or 10 days from first days of symptom onset. Please see the HSE Website for further information https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/
COVID-19 Tracker App
COVID Tracker is a free and easy-to-use mobile phone app that can:
- alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
- advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
- alert other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for coronavirus
- store your digital vaccination certificate
The app is part of the Irish contact tracing operation. Contact tracing is vital to slowing the spread of the virus. The more people that download and use the app, the more it will help contact tracing. You have full control of what information is been used in this app.
How is COVID–19 Spread?
You can get the virus if you come into close contact with someone who has the virus. It is spread through droplets that come from your nose and mouth or in airborne particles, therefore areas should be well ventilated. You can also get the virus from surfaces, as droplets containing the virus can fall onto surfaces. If you touch that surface and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you could also become infected.
How to Protect yourself and others against COVID-19?
People should follow the simple precautions below to help slow and stop the spread of coronavirus.
- Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
- Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand rub regularly.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands.
- Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever and organise a test.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections. Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as the HSE and WHO.
- Please see the HSE Website for further information https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- aches pains and fatigue
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show. They can be similar to symptoms of cold and flu. Getting an early diagnosis from your GP means you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus, if you have it.
When a fever could be a sign of meningitis:
Fever is also a symptom of meningitis. It is very important for students to ring for medical advice so that correct diagnoses can be made.
Get medical advice immediately if you have:
- severe headache
- stiff neck
- sensitivity to light
Responding to COVID-19 Together
What students can expect from LIT:
- Our commitment to students is to endeavour to provide a safe and effective educational facility during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
- We will uphold all guidance and advice from the HSE and relevant Public Health Authorities. We are currently being guided by the Public Health Guidelines for HEIs which is approved by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre of the HSE. As this is a continuously fluid situation any new regulations advised in the future will be implemented promptly.
- A combined onsite and online learning delivery will take place with LIT maximising and optimising the on-campus experience for all students and to carefully balance the public health risks against the known pedagogical, student experience, and mental health benefits.
- We will continue to assess campus operation in light of the evolving public health status and to seek to enhance further the on-site experience of the institution in line with the overall progression of disease control and mitigation measures.
- Undertake that the needs of all students will be considered regardless of level, year, or discipline of study.
- Facilitate access to research spaces, laboratories, placement sites, and other physical settings as appropriate.
- Ensure that all campus operations are conducted in such a manner as to, in as much as possible, manage any risk to individual and public health through adherence to such relevant regulations, guidance, and advice as may apply from time to time.
- The maximum number of people allowed in a classroom / lecture room will be determined by a risk assessment conducted on the space, taking into account mitigation factors, such as ventilation. It is recognised that this may change in accordance with the evolving COVID-19 situation nationally.
- We require all campus users to wear face masks in indoor on-site shared settings in accordance with prevailing public health regulations and guidance.
- Teaching and learning activities will use rooms / lecture halls with good ventilation, whilst entry and egress to buildings and facilities will be carefully managed via contra flow and other measures.
- Appropriate signage for one-way walking systems.
- Numerous hand sanitising stations.
- Regular cleaning regimes, with emphasis on high touch areas.
- Canteen adherence to ensuring managed movement protocols is maintained and strict monitoring of capacity.
- In relation to teaching, every endeavour will be made to accommodate students with a medical vulnerability that may affect their capacity to attend the campus. This will require supplementary medical documentation.
- Students can talk to the Health Unit Medical team for advice.
- Strict adherence that no student is to attend the campus if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case where you are required to restrict movement for 14 days.
- Nominated isolation room on each campus for a student who gets sick on campus and needs to await transport home or in severe cases medical intervention. Your campus will have all information on nominated isolation room(s).
- Willingness to take on board suggestions or to address any improvements that can be made for the betterment of the LIT facility.
What LIT expects from Students:
- That all students strictly adhere to the COVID-19 Student Charter and the relevant guidelines in place on all LIT campuses. This is of upmost importance to ensure all service users are kept safe in this environment. It will reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread and outbreaks.
- That all students recognise, that in addition to adhering to public health measures and voluntary uptake of COVID-19 vaccination, downloading and maintaining the free COVID-19 Tracker app will all help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus in Ireland. This is an essential part of the contact tracing operation for Public Health in Ireland.
- That all students will strictly adhere to the National Guidelines outlined in https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/75d92-covid-19-travel-advice/ with respect the protocols which are to be followed before, during and after any travel to and from Ireland.
- That students do not present to any LIT Campus with COVID-19 symptoms.
- That students strictly adhere to the signage regards one-way walking systems in the corridors.
- That students protect themselves and others by regular hand washing with soap and water, in particular after using the bathroom facilities, before touching or preparing food, before eating food, before and after use of public transport, when returning to your home after meeting people, if hands are visibly dirty and finally after coughing, sneezing or touching a dirty surface.
- On entry or exit of the buildings that students use the hand sanitizing stations to decontaminate hands.
- That students adhere to safe and correct respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into their elbow or tissue. Dispose of tissue safely and decontaminate hands immediately.
- It is mandatory that all students wear face coverings/mask indoors in LIT Campuses. This includes all classroom-based teaching or any visits indoors at LIT.
- If a student is unable to wear a face covering/masks they must provide medical verification to their academic department.
- Any student with a long-term medical condition or who is considered medically vulnerable or told to cocoon due to COVID-19 is to make the LIT Health Unit staff aware by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . This is completely private and confidential between the medical staff and you the student. If you have attended the Health Centre previously, regards a long-term medical condition, we ask that you reconfirm your health status for this new academic year.
- Outside of the classroom all students must adhere to managed movement protocols and while on campus must wear a face covering/mask.
- For any students who are medically vulnerable and unable to attend the college campus we need you to contact both the LIT Health Unit staff email@example.com and your Faculty/School/Department.
- If you are unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or considered a close contact to a positive case, do not attend the LIT Campus/Learning Environment under any circumstance. Please contact via phone or email the LIT Health Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org or 061-293106) or your own GP to receive appropriate guidance.
- If you become unwell at college with COVID-19 like symptoms:
- Ensure you have your face covering in place.
- Leave the building immediately.
- Do not use public transport to get home.
- Go home and self-isolate.
- Contact the LIT Health Unit email@example.com for advice via phone/email. Do not attend in person.
- If you require a lift home from a family member and need to wait for this arrangement, an isolation room can be provided for this time.
- Students who are concerned that they may have symptoms should be particularly careful to avoid contact with older people or people who they know to have medical conditions that put them at particular risk of severe disease.
Medical Contact Details:
- LIT Health Unit for all students: 061-293106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Out of Hours Emergency Cover Shannondoc (Limerick and Clare) 1850 212 999.
- Out of Hours Emergency Cover Caredoc (Tipperary) 1850 334 999.
- HSElive Coronavirus Medical Help 1850 24 1850.
- Please see the HSE Website for further information https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/