Last Updated Wednesday 1st April 9.55am
Student General Lecturing Updates
Following on from the Government’s statement on Tuesday 24th March regarding the continued physical closure of all education providers until 19 April 2020, Carlow College, St. Patrick’s will continue the online delivery of its programmes through the Virtual Learning Environment via the Virtual Working Environment. The College is dedicated to ensuring that students are enabled to continue their programmes through the various online tools which are in place and all student support services remain available during this time.
In relation to the assessments and examinations of your programme, the College continues to work to put alternative procedures in place. These procedures are scheduled for approval over the next week and you will then be advised of the new arrangements.
If you are having difficulties with the VLE, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and make contact with your Programme Director.
The College’s Student Services facilities remain available to you at this time.
We are all required to take sustained action to ‘#flatten the curve’ and to reduce the demand on the health service. Please ensure you continue to keep updated with the guidance issued by the HSE.
From your perspective, please make sure that:
- You regularly check your College email and the College website.
- You access the Moodle VLE from home on one of your devices.
- You regularly check Programme pages on Moodle as well as module pages
- You can use Microsoft Onedrive on your home device
- You can access library digital resources such as JSTOR and EBSCO
- You know the contact details for your lecturers, academic advisors, programme directors and class reps/Students Union. All College staff/functions will be available via their College email.
- Relevant lecture and associated material will be uploaded to the Module Moodle page. This material will be available in advance of the normal scheduled time of the lecture/tutorial.
- College IT supports are available to you if you require assistance. Please email email@example.com
Any changes to assessments will be communicated directly to you by your Programme Director but the aim is that the majority of remaining assessments will be submitted through Moodle as scheduled.
Any learners who are on placement should follow any advice/guidelines issued by your host organisation.
In light of the Taoiseach’s directive as of midnight 27th March and for a two-week period until Easter Sunday, everyone must stay at home except in specific circumstances, access to the College is off limits for this duration.
This situation/decision will be reviewed after the 12th April 2020. The College will continue online delivery of its programmes and other services through the Virtual Learning Environment via the Virtual Working Environment.
All College events taking place up until April 19th have been postponed until further notice.
Precautions & Public Health
It is crucial at this time that we all observe the social distancing guidelines, in everything that we do, if we are to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.
Some of the things you can do:
- keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people
- reduce interactions with people outside the workplace and home
- reduce the number of people you meet every day
- avoid communal sleeping areas
- avoid crowded places
The safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and our wider community is our highest priority and the College is taking the necessary steps to ensure this. We will continue to address the concerns of all staff and students of the College and to provide updates by email and on this webpage.
- We are, once again, asking all our staff and learners to be alert to their personal health and the warning symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and fever (high temperature) which may lead to a serious health condition that must be referred for medical advice without delay. Please access the HSE website for more information: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
It is recommended that as the spread of COVID-19 continues throughout Ireland and abroad that only necessary internal and overseas travel is undertaken at this time. In addition to potentially exposing yourself to infection, if abroad your return journey to Ireland maybe impacted by the escalation of the spread of COVID-19.
Protect yourself and others
Updated guidelines from the HSE:
You should call your GP to be assessed for a test if you have a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above) or chills AND one of the following symptoms:
- a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath
- breathing difficulties
To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.
Restricted movements and self-isolation
Restricted movements means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. You will need to do this if you are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus and you are still well.
Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. You will need to do this if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect someone, the virus has to get from an infected person’s nose or mouth into another person’s eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keeping this in mind will help you to remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus. The most important action we can take to protect ourselves and others from Covid-19 is regular hand washing and good respiratory hygiene.
Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to follow this advice too:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. Or use an alcohol based hand rub.
- If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a closed bin, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow. Have tissues available.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
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