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COVID-19 Student Guidelines & Responsibilities

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 a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Current evidence suggests that the virus is significantly more infectious than the flu that circulates every winter. Patients are normally infectious until all the symptoms have gone.  Please see the HSE Website for further information https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

COVID-19 Tracker App

Please download the app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store.

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

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. For example, from someone who is talking loud, singing, shouting, coughing or sneezing. 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? 

Everyone should follow the simple precautions below to help slow and stop the spread of coronavirus.

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and use alcohol-based hand rub regularly. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Social distancing yourself from others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
  • Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COVID-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distancing.
  • 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. Why? Droplets spread the virus. 
  • Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. 
  • 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. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves. 
  • Please see the HSE Website for further information https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/
COVID-19 Symptoms: 

If you have any common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should self-isolate and phone your GP for medical advice straight away to get a coronavirus test.

Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

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:

  • fever
  • severe headache
  • stiff neck
  • sensitivity to light
Responding to COVID 19 Together

What students can expect from Limerick Institute of Technology:

  • 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 been 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 online and onsite learning delivery.
  • In some instances, guidelines approve of 1metre social distancing for in class teaching. This is approved by the Public Health Guidelines for HEIs and is compliant with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre of the HSE. Where feasible 2metre compliance will be in place.
  • The maximum number of people allowed in a class will be in accordance with the prevailing public health guidance on indoor gatherings and it is recognised that this may change in accordance with the evolving COVID-19 situation nationally.
  • Public Health Guidelines recommend 2metre social distancing in all other areas during non- teaching interactions.
  • Teaching and learning activities will where possible, use rooms / lecture halls with good ventilation.
  • Appropriate signage for one-way walking systems.
  • Numerous hand sanitising stations.
  • Regular cleaning regimes, with emphasis on high touch area.s
  • Canteen adherence to ensuring social distance 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 effect 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 Limerick Institute of Technology 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, downloading and maintaining the free COVID19 Tracker app will 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 recognise, that in addition to adhering to public health measures, downloading and maintaining the free COVID19 Tracker app will 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 student 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 you strictly adhere to the signage regards one-way walking systems in the corridors.
  • That you protect others and yourself 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 you return to your home after meeting people, if your hands are visibly dirty and finally after you cough, sneeze or touch a dirty surface.
  • On entry or exit of the buildings that you use the hand sanitizing stations to decontaminate your hands.
  • That you adhere to safe and correct respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue. Dispose of tissue safely and decontaminate your 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 nurses@lit.ie . 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 socially distance at 2metre intervals and must wear a face covering/mask.
  • All student should avoid/minimise sharing personal items (pens, phones), beverage or food with others.
  • 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 nurses@lit.ie 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 (nurses@lit.ie or 061-293106) or your own GP to receive appropriate guidance. 
  • If you become unwell at college with COVID-19 like symptoms:
  1. Ensure you have your face covering in place.
  2. Leave the building immediately.
  3. Do not use public transport to get home.
  4. Go home and self-isolate.
  5. Contact the LIT Health Unit nurses@lit.ie for advice via phone/email. Do not attend in person.
  6. 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. 
  7. 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:
  1. LIT Health Unit for all students: 061-293106 or nurses@lit.ie
  2. Out of Hours Emergency Cover Shannondoc (Limerick and Clare) 1850 212 999.
  3. Out of Hours Emergency Cover Caredoc (Tipperary) 1850 334 999.
  4. HSElive Coronavirus Medical Help 1850 24 1850.
  5. Please see the HSE Website for further information https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/