Dated 19 July 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.

Our courses are running as normal online. 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.

What date is the school due to reopen for Face-to-face classes?

We are hoping to reopen for international students in the coming weeks, once our government health restrictions allow English Language Schools to resume the recruitment of international students.

What courses will be available?

All our courses for individuals and groups will be available.

How will 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 advise 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 30% 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 is the position if I have arrived/returned from abroad?

If you are travelling to Ireland you may have to quarantine on arrival. In some cases you must pay in advance for mandatory hotel quarantine. Arrivals from the EU and EEA who have an EU COVID Digital Certificate do not have to quarantine unless the Certificate is based on an antigen test.

Arrivals from the EU and EEA who have an EU COVID Digital Certificate do not have to quarantine unless the Certificate is based on an antigen test.

All arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form before boarding a flight or sailing to Ireland.

Different rules apply for arrivals from outside the EEA.

For more detailed information see https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/travel_to_ireland/travel_to_ireland_during_covid.html

If students are leaving and returning to Ireland during their course (e.g. they are going on holidays) they must inform the school of their travel plans and flight details. Depending on where they are going they may have to restrict their movements for 14 days upon their return to Ireland and will not be able to join face-to-face classes during that time. There will be no online component to make up for these classes. The advice is not to travel outside Ireland at the moment. Before returning to school after holidays students must re-submit the Covid-19Self-Declaration Form.

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 are hopeful that from September onwards we will be able to offer our full range of accommodation options including host family and residential options.

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

Our ‘2021 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 2022. No refunds will be given for stays cancelled within 7 days of arrival.

What happens if the school must close during my course?

In this situation, all our courses will be moved online.