Dated 28 September 2021

Covid-19 and Irish College of English Programmes

At the Irish College of English, the health and safety of all our staff, students, host families and the communities in which we operate is our priority. We are keeping up to date with all government recommendations in relation to Covid-19 and will follow best practice in this regard to ensure the well-being of all of our staff and clients now and in the future.

For all our programmes we have enhanced safety and cleaning protocols to ensure we follow all guidelines surrounding Covid-19. All our classrooms are fitted with CO2 monitors. We also practice social distancing at our premises and require all staff and students to wear face masks. Hand sanitising stations are available throughout the school. We will continue to update our policies and ensure a safe and enjoyable educational experience for everyone.

Ireland has also been very successful with its vaccination programme and currently over 90 % people over 12 years of age are fully vaccinated. Therefore, the vast majority of our staff and host families are fully vaccinated.

Yes, all our classes and programmes are operating as normal.

How will the Irish College of English ensure the safety of students and staff at the school?

By strictly following guidelines from the Irish Government and by keeping up to date with the latest advice from the Health Service Executive (HSE), we have put measures in place that will make it possible for a safe return to school. A key measure is CO2 monitors in each classroom to ensure adequate ventilation at all times. Other measures we have in place are as follows 1. The wearing of masks in the school building at all times is mandatory. 2. Ensuring good hand hygiene / frequent Hand sanitising There are 3 hand sanitizer stations within the school in the following locations; • At the front door • At reception • At the back of the building beside the fire exit. 3. Physical distancing Currently the school is operating with less than 50% occupancy. This makes keeping a safe social distance easier along with the following measures: • We have reduced our capacity to allow at least a metre distance between students in each class • Class grouping or ‘pods’ to limit the contact and sharing of common facilities • Staggered start/finish/break times • One-way systems throughout the school • Each class will have one teacher to reduce the risk of contamination from one class to another 4. Cleaning and disinfection • Cleaning plans have been implemented to enable better protection against COVID-19 including thorough daily cleaning • Disinfection of potentially contaminated surfaces regularly throughout the day. • Students are responsible for cleaning personal items that have been brought to the school such as mobile phone and should avoid leaning them down on communal surfaces. 5. Signage There will be signage throughout the school to remind people to keep a social distance and to follow the measures in place to prevent the risk of infection.

How will I contact the school if I have a concern?

You can call or email the office on 01 8453744 or info@iceireland.com.

What should I do if I develop symptoms of COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms including fever, new cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or loss of change to their sense of smell or taste you should not attend school. You should phone your doctor and follow guidance on self-isolation. You doctor will advise whether COVID-19 testing is required and will arrange testing if necessary.

Can I continue to take classes by Zoom

Students that are under the high-risk group, or need to self-isolate can continue to take the classes via zoom. Students attending the academic year program will need a doctor certificate for their absence.

What are the rules for travelling to Ireland?

For up to date information on traveling to Ireland please see:

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/travel_to_ireland/travel_to_ireland_during_covid.html#l41d7d

For ease of travel we would advise all students to have been vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine.

Should you enter Ireland using a PCR test and require another test 72 hours pre-departure, we can help arrange this, please contact us for more information.

Where can I get some advice on COVID-19 as an international student?

The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS), has put together information about the health, travel, educational and well-being matters, that international students may need to be aware of. If you have a COVID-19 related travel query, you can call the Department of Foreign Affairs advice centre on 01 613 1733.

What are the accommodation options?

We offer a full range of host family and residential options.

What happens if I get Covid-19 during my course?

In this situation you will asked by the HSE to self isolate. Students should all have adequate insurance or personal funds to cover any additional costs they may have including accommodation, living expenses, change of flights etc.

What is the cancellation policy if I book a course now and then I am unable to attend?

Our ‘Book with Confidence Guarantee’ allows individuals and groups travelling to Ireland, to cancel free of charge until 7 days before arrival. If you need to cancel within 7 days of arrival we will offer a free postponement of course which will be valid until the end of 2023. No refunds will be given for stays cancelled within 7 days of arrival.