Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Update: June 2022

Transitional Protocol: Good Practice Guidance for Continuing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (www.gov.ie)

  1. ATU Sligo COVID response plan was updated in March 22 to reflect the transitional protocol
  2. maintaining policies and procedures for prompt identification and isolation of staff and students who may have symptoms and should not attend campus with any symptoms                                                                     
  3. maintain Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures
  • Hand Hygiene is encouraged and on-campus facilities provided
  • Persons on campus should respect other people’s personal space and physical distance where possible
  • CO2 monitors will remain in place until the end of the calendar year and the situation then reviewed.
  1. fully returned to pre-pandemic on-campus teaching activities unless there is evidence of a covid-related reason why this cannot happen  
  2. ATU Sligo COVID Response Team continues to meet monthly and in consultation with the Lead Worker Reps; ATU team is meeting regularly as a steering meeting
  3. Maintaining covid-related signage will depend on developments over the summer
  4. There will be an overarching ATU policy statement which will reference the three individual college Covid Response Plans; will be updated locally in advance of Sept.

Update: August 2022

  • If you have any cold/flu-like symptoms – runny nose, sore throat, headache, temperatures, then stay home, don’t go to work, don’t go to college, don’t go out socialising or invite other people into your home. 
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate (stay in your room) and get a free COVID-19 test. If you are waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test you should be isolating. Do not go to college. 
  • If symptomatic you should stay at home and have a COVID-19 test even though you are vaccinated, as in some cases could still get COVID-19 and transmit it to others.
  • You can return to your normal activities when you have had a negative PCR test and it is 48 hours since your symptoms have resolved. This includes going to work or college. 
  • If you have had a COVID-19 “positive” or “detected” result, follow the advice from the HSE Contact Tracing Team in relation to return to college date. You will need to self-isolate for 10 full days from when the symptoms of COVID-19 started, with no fever for the last 5 days. 
  • If you are COVID-19 “positive” please contact the Student Health Centre for advice and information on the supports available to you. 

·        If you are a Household close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID – 19, you will need to restrict your movements (stay at home) until you have 3 negative antigen test results within 5 days of taking the first antigen test. How to get your free test here

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COVID UNIT OF LEARNING

In order to be prevent the spread of COVID each of us has to take personal responsibility for our own and others safety.  This means we will need to adhere to the Public health guidelines on and off campus.

Please complete the COVID unit of Learning on Moodle. I know many of you have at this stage, and I would like to thank each one of you as this is the first step in keeping the campus a safe place for all of us.  Can I ask those who have not completed it to date, to do so as soon as possible? 

All students have to wear face covering at all time on campus and you will be asked to leave the class/ lab work etc if you are not wearing a face covering or the required PPE for the activity you are engaged in.  

Please sanitise your hands at every opportunity.  Always sanitise your hands before going into a class.  Do not share pens etc. Please cover your mouth if sneezing/ coughing etc and please try not to congregate in groups on the campus.

KEEPING YOUR STUDY AREA CLEAN

Please clean the area you are working on before after your use. This also includes computer key boards. There will be cleaning material available for you on campus.

RECORDING ATTENDANCE

For contract tracing purposes we are obliged to record student attendance  at each session whilst on campus.  Your lecturer will check your attendance.  I would advise you also to keep a note of your movements on campus and your contacts yourself.   Please store this information carefully for 4 weeks as it may be needed for contact tracing purposes.

STUDENT PORTAL

Please familiarise yourself with the Student Portal as it will answer virtually every question you may have from exams to student supports to clubs and societies etc.   It also has a very comprehensive student guide which you should take time to read through.

STUDENT QUERIES

To comply with the Health & Safety guidance we are not opening the admissions desk for queries at the moment in order to prevent students gathering in queues. We will therefore deal with your queries online. Student Queries ( registration/ fees/ forms/ letters/grant) should be directed to admissions@nullitsligo.ie , examinations queries to examinations@nullitsligo.ie  IT queries to helpdesk@nullitsligo.ie

If your issue does not get resolved in this manner you can book to make an appointment with the relevant person.

LIBRARY

The library is open but operating at a reduced capacity. You need to book to use the library.  https://library.itsligo.ie/

STUDENT HEALTH

Student health is operating  and are providing students will a full service. Please familiarise yourself on their advice in relation to contacting them, and what to do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19. https://www.itsligo.ie/covid-19/covid-19-health-information/

STUDENT COUNSELLING

Counselling will be both on campus face to face and virtually.  Students can e-mail the student counsellors with their telephone number and Student ID number and they will get back to them.

studentcounsellor@nullitsligo.ie

STUDENT CHARTER & DISCIPLINE 

As per our Student Charter  & Code of Conduct,  you are expected to behave in manner that protects your health & the health and safety of others and behave in a manner that respect others and the community.   I wish to advise you that if you are found to be in breach of the public health guidelines in a manner that puts others health and wellbeing at risk, it will be treated as a disciplinary  manner.

We will be monitoring closely the reactivation of on campus teaching and will advise you if any modifications are required.