Covid Protocols

Covid Protocols

We are happy to welcome you back to school in person from 26th October 2021. Please read the following guidelines so that we can all stay safe and healthy.

Arriving at DCE

  • Masks are mandatory in all areas of the school building. You may not enter the school without your mask unless you have proof of medical exemption.
  • Please sanitise your hands as soon as you come in.
  • We recommend that you wear warm clothes as the windows will be open all the time for ventilation.
  • Please maintain social distancing at all times in the school building.
  • You must not congregate in groups anywhere in the school.
  • Please don’t bring too many things with you – if possible, only what you need for class.

Classes

  • Please be punctual. This is to control the flow of people around the building as well as to avoid disrupting the class. You won’t get attendance if you are more than 15 minutes late, but you are also not allowed to use that 15-minute window every day.
  • Do not share any materials. Bring your own book, notebook and pen. Please clean your phone, laptop, pens etc. before you put them down on the tables, and again before you leave. Wipes are provided for this.
  • Do not move the furniture. The furniture has been placed to allow social distancing in line with regulations.
  • Your teacher will assign you a seat. You must remain in that place for the duration of your course unless you arrange something else with your teacher.
  • You must not remove your mask during the class. If you do, you will be asked to leave the building.
  • If you are medically exempt from wearing a mask, you must provide a letter of proof to management. We will not share any details with your teacher, but we will inform them that you are exempt.
  • Be aware that if you see another student not wearing a mask, that student is medically exempt and has proven it to management. They do not have to tell you why and you must not argue with them about it.
  • If you need to leave the room during your class, please ask your teacher. Only one student may leave at a time. You can have access to the toilet at any time.
  • For the time being, we will not have any outings as part of your class.

Attendance

  • If you miss a full week without informing us, you will have to submit the Covid-19 Declaration Form again before you return.
  • Please do not attend class if you have any symptoms of Covid. Inform us, and get a test. You will not lose attendance for this as long as you give us proof that you had a test.
  • If you have to isolate because you have Covid, you will not lose attendance, but you must give us a medical certificate as proof.
  • All other attendance rules still apply – you must attend at least 85% of your classes (100% is better!) and you will receive warnings if your attendance drops below this.

Break Time

  • If we have a large number of students, we may change the times of breaks. We will inform you of this.
  • We ask you to stay in your classroom during break. Do not congregate anywhere in groups.
  • There is a maximum occupancy limit on all common areas.
  • Please do not bring any food into the school.
  • You must keep your mask on during break time.
  • Avoid queueing for the toilets – do not wait until break time to use them.

Reception

  • You must make an appointment if you want to pick up letters or documents from Reception. Please email help@dcedu.ie to make your appointment.
  • Only one person may stand at Reception at a time. If there is someone there already, please wait outside.
  • You must wear your mask when you are at Reception. You will not be allowed to come in without it.
  • If your query can possibly be dealt with by email, please do that.
  • We are sorry, but we cannot lend you pens or other materials at the moment. Please bring your own materials.

Offices and Administration

  • We will not hold face-to-face meetings until further notice.
  • Please send your queries, suggestions, complaints etc. by email to help@dcedu.ie, info@dcedu.ie or dos@dcedu.ie.
  • If you really need to speak to someone, please arrange a phone or Zoom call.
  • No groups of students will be allowed to enter the office for any reason.

Cleaning

  • The classrooms will be cleaned after every class and at the end of each day. To facilitate this, please leave the classroom when your class is over.
  • The toilets will be cleaned regularly, and you can check this on the signing sheet.
  • All common areas will be cleaned after use and at the end of each day.
  • Please wash your hands regularly.
  • Please use sanitiser when you enter the building and any time you cough, sneeze, or handle objects.
  • If you are not happy with the standard of cleaning, you should report this to the Lead Worker Representative, Lisa Burnham, who will work to rectify the issue.

Travel and Holidays

  • There is no change to the holiday rule: you can only take a holiday if your attendance is over 85%, and only up to 2 weeks during your course. You cannot take a holiday during your first 8 weeks of class.
  • If you are going to travel outside Ireland during your holiday, you must inform the school.
  • You should check the requirements and quarantine status of any country you intend to travel to. You can check this here: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/
  • If you travel to any country on the red list, you will have to quarantine for the required amount of time before returning to class. You should give us proof of this so that we can extend your holiday.
  • Please be aware that the status of any country can change quickly and requirements may be different by the time you return.

Sickness, Symptoms and Close Contacts

  • Do not attend class with any Covid symptoms. Inform us, and get a test. Give us proof of your test so that we can authorise your attendance.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of Covid. You can check these on the HSE website. Not everyone experiences every symptom.https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/symptoms/overview/
  • You must inform us if you are not attending due to symptoms, or if you are waiting for the results of a test.
  • You will not lose attendance if you have to miss class because of Covid, but you must give us a medical cert.
  • Remember to call your GP before you go there. Most GPs do not accept walk-ins at the moment.
  • If you have serious symptoms, please seek medical help immediately.
  • If you are a close contact of someone with Covid, do not come to class until you have been tested. Again, give us proof and you will not lose attendance.
  • You can see the definition of a close contact on the HSE website for your information: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/contact-tracing/close-contact/

Covid in Class

  • If you begin to feel sick when you are in class, tell your teacher immediately.
  • Carla Kerr will bring you to the isolation room. If you can’t go home by yourself, she will call your GP or an ambulance.
  • We will inform the HSE. They will advise us, and inform close contacts.
  • The classroom and the isolation room will be cleaned thoroughly.
  • If there has been a case of Covid in your class, the class will return to online learning until it is safe for everyone to return. In this case, you should get a Covid test.

We thank you for your cooperation as we try to keep everyone safe.