COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has set up an expert task force to monitor the situation regarding an outbreak of COVID-19 in Ireland. The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount and below is our advice.

This page was last reviewed and updated at 17.30 GMT on Friday 27th March 2020.

Latest Communication Updates:

  • 27 March 2020, 17:25: Update for Students

    Dear students,

    As we conclude our second week of remote learning,  we trust that this email finds you well and that you are heeding the HSE advice, staying home, maintaining social distance, and minding yourselves. 

    We fully appreciate that this has been a challenging period for you, as life as we have known it has changed so radically over such a short period of time. Our intention through this communication, is to help bring greater clarity to some areas of common concern among students, particularly in relation to Assessment & Examination and to update you on some Institute matters at this time.

    First and foremost, we want to thank you once again for your continued engagement and patience throughout the past number of weeks. On Monday, classes began again for our students and our lecturers have carried out significant work in moving all teaching and learning (where possible) to remote delivery. 

    Early reports suggest that the process is working well for most students and staff and we are continuing to monitor progress. A large measure of thanks goes to our Centre for Learning and Teaching (CELT) and IT Services which have provided a series of online training and technical support since the decision to move much of our teaching online.

    Campus Closure:

    Following the national address by the Taoiseach on Tuesday evening, we confirmed that the DkIT campus will remain closed to students until Sunday 19th April 2020 and that all existing measures will remain in place until further notice. It is possible that the closure will extend beyond this period and the Institute is planning for all eventualities. We will provide you with an update on this in due course.

    You might also have seen recent reports that the Institute has been working with the HSE to develop a ‘drive-thru COVID-19 testing site’ on the grounds of our campus. We can confirm that this facility is now operational and is fully managed by the HSE. The sampling service is being provided on an appointment-only basis and only those who are displaying symptoms and have been referred by their GP will be seen. View full article here.

    This Institute is proud to support our health service at this challenging time and will continue to offer assistance to the HSE where we can. 

    Assessment & Examination

    The Institute is mindful of the stress and anxiety that students are going through at this moment in time. We are working hard to develop solutions and supports that will ease your passage through the remainder of this academic year. 

    This morning, the Academic Council approved an important motion that will provide the flexibility that will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic to enable all of our students to either progress to their next academic year or enable graduation as appropriate. At this stage we can confirm the following:

    • All final examinations arranged on campus at the institutional level for May 2020 will no longer go ahead. Instead, alternative assessments will be developed where feasible to replace the final examinations on campus.  
    • All continuous assessment due for completion between now and the 22nd May 2020 will continue to be offered via a remote option where feasible. 
    • Please rest assured that processes are being put in place to ensure the integrity of your results and/or award. You will not be disadvantaged in any way.

    Staff across the Institute are working extremely hard to develop alternative assessments but as you can imagine, this involves a significant amount of coordination and will take time. Your Head of Department will be in touch with you over the coming week to provide more information about your specific programme. In the meantime, please continue to engage with your lecturer(s) and check your DkIT emailwebsite and Moodle for messages in this regard.

    We would like to reiterate our thanks for your patience and understanding while we meet this unique challenge. 

    Accessing Online Resources:

    We also recognise that some students for a variety of reasons may have challenges accessing online teaching and learning resources. Moodle.ie is a fully responsive system that works well through web browsers on multiple mobile devices to give you the same information and experiences as on your computer and can be used with 3G and 4G data services on a mobile device. 

    We are seeking to put in place arrangements for those who have insufficient access. If you are in this position, you should first self-identify to your lecturer, Programme Director or Head of Department as quickly as possible and also please contact DkIT Student Services team by email: studentservices@dkit.ie.

    DkIT Students Union

    The DkIT SU team still continues to provide supports and services to students at this time, albeit in a remote capacity. If you have any questions relating to DkIT student issues, please contact them directly. For more information, visit www.dkitsu.ie.

    Managing Your Mental Health:

    We are acutely aware that this period of disruption and uncertainty can be hugely unsettling for you and your families. It is important that you continue to prioritise your mental wellbeing. The HSE have provided some useful guidelines on this here. 

    Our Counselling Service (which remains available to students through remote means at this time) will continue to reach out to students each week with useful resources and tips in this regard. Please view the latest communication here.

    DkIT Student Communications:

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to work in a very fluid environment, with updates being made at Government level on a daily basis. As an institute we are committed to responding quickly and efficiently to these measures to ensure that academic continuity and the business continuity is hampered to the least extent possible. We ask that you therefore stay connected as much as possible via the DkIT Covid-19 Student Portalemail and Moodle. You may also contact us directly via the covidenquiries@dkit.ie email address and we will respond directly.

    Finally, we are sure that you all joined us in the national movement to acknowledge the valiant efforts of our frontline workers by applauding them yesterday evening at 8pm. Many of these frontline staff are our 4th Year nursing and midwifery students, graduates, friends, family members and colleagues. We ask you and our entire DkIT Community to continue applauding these workers by respecting the guidelines set out by the HSE and together we can help reduce the pressure on our health services at this critical time. 

    We wish you a safe and restful weekend and a productive week ahead.

    Best regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 25 March 2020, 09:30: Update for Students & Staff

    Dear students and staff,

    Following the Government’s latest announcement yesterday, we can confirm that the Institute’s campus closure will extend until Sunday 19 April 2020 and all existing measures will remain in place until further notice. This conforms with national measures previously announced and the revised measures announced yesterday by the Government and An Taoiseach.

    This is a rapidly evolving situation and our Task Force continues to meet (in a virtual capacity) to resolve issues as they arise. We will publish more details on the implications of this extension for students and staff later this week. 

    We understand that you will have questions and we will endeavour to answer these over the coming days through our communications. In the meantime, please feel free to send your questions to covidenquiries@dkit.ie and we encourage you to remain in regular contact with your lecturers and colleagues. All of the latest updates will be published via our COVID-19 Information Portal here: www.dkit.ie/covid19

    At this time, we would like to re-emphasise that the health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains of the utmost importance to the Institute.

    • We remind you to continue to follow the HSE guidelines to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection, particularly in relation to social distancing.
    • Please take note of the new measures on physical distancing (see here) that have been introduced by the Government from midnight last night in an effort to flatten the curve of this virus. 
    • We also encourage you to take proactive steps to mind your mental health at this challenging time.

    Finally, we would like to acknowledge the fantastic effort that our entire DkIT community has made in keeping things going while also keeping apart. It is important that we do not lose momentum at this vital time.  

    We again thank you for your continued patience and cooperation,

    Best regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 20 March 2020, 20:00: Update for Students

    Dear Student,

    As we approach the end of week one of our campus closure, we wanted to provide you with an update on some important issues relating to your continued studies and general Institute matters at this time. 

    All updates have been added to the COVID-19 Student Information Portal and we ask you continue to checking this page regularly for the latest updates.

    Health & Wellbeing:

    First and foremost, the health and wellbeing of our students remains our highest priority at this time and we hope that you and your family are well. We encourage you all to continue following trusted HSE guidelines on issues relating self-protectionhand hygiene and social distancing.

    Collectively we all have a responsibility to help ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of this infection by taking the necessary precautions.

    Remote Learning:

    Over the past week, we hope you have had the opportunity to engage in independent learning as part of rescheduled Study Week.

    Commencing next Monday, 23rd March 2020, all teaching will resume through remote means (where possible). 

    Teaching will be delivered remotely via a variety of methods, some will be delivered via recorded video, live links or through alternative means. It is important that you continue to check Moodle and your student emails regularly for the latest guidance on the remote delivery of your individual classes.

    Lecturers will be uploading teaching resources. through email and Moodle. Where possible and unless otherwise communicated to you they will follow the existing academic timetable in terms of uploading the material and it may be useful for you to use the timetable as way of planning your work for the week.

    For all individual queries relating to your modules, please contact your lecturer directly. 

    As you can imagine, this an unprecedented situation for the Institute and our lecturers and support staff have been busy adjusting their teaching and learning methods for remote delivery at short notice. We request your patience and cooperation throughout this process and ask you to please allow for a certain level of flexibility. 

    Assessment & Examination

    In light of the current situation, DkIT is currently in the process of evaluating how assessment and examination can be adapted at programme level across the Institute. For the moment please try and adhere to the CA schedule unless otherwise advised. 

    Detailed discussions are being held at Academic School level and across the Higher Education sector as a whole. This is a complex area and considerations around mode of assessment, academic integrity, quality, fairness to our students, additional support for students with a disability and compliance with regulatory bodies are all being reviewed. 

    We hope to provide you with a detailed update on Assessment and Examination over the coming week(s).

    In the meantime, we can assure you that every effort is being made to ensure that all DkIT students will not face academic disadvantage as result of disruption caused by COVID-19.

    We again request your patience and continued understanding around this issue.

    Campus Closure:

    As per our previous communication, the Institute will remain closed for students until 8am on Monday 30thMarch.

    Recent communications from the Government indicate that an extension of this campus closure period is likely. As an Institute, we are making plans to account for this and will provide a detailed update to you about this next week.

    Work Placements:

    Over the past week we have received a number of enquiries from students who were on work placement or are about to commence a scheduled placement in this semester.

    Please note that all work placements (except for nursing and midwifery students) have been cancelled by the Institute for this semester. This decision was made in the interest of health and safety for all students.

    We have prepared a series of FAQs On Work Placement to assist students at this time.

    Different arrangements have been put in place for our Nursing & Midwifery students. These students will have received a separate communication from their Head of Department with further information. 

    International Students Studying in DkIT

    This week, our international office has communicated directly with all international students studying at the Institute with advice and guidance to you at this time.

    Many of our international students have returned home to be with their families at this time and a small number have chosen to remain in Ireland. Irrespective of this decision, we want to reassure all of our international students that they will not be academically disadvantaged as a result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

    We have prepared a series of FAQs for international students at this time. 

    Erasmus Students who are currently outside Ireland

    This week, our international office has communicated directly with all DkIT students on Erasmus. We have strongly advised you that, in light of the increasing travel restrictions across Europe, you should make plans immediately to return home.

    Again we wish to reassure all of these students that you will not be disadvantaged by the decision to terminate your Erasmus. The Institute will determine a mechanism in due course to assess your study/placement learning outcomes in line with national standards.

    Moodle Supports:

    At this time of remote teaching and learning, Moodle is becoming an increasingly important tool for sharing learning resources and communicating with your lecturers. 

    Please remember to check Moodle regularly and you are reminded to revisit the Moodle Supports for Students section within our information portal.

    Student Services:

    During the period of campus closure DkIT is continuing to provide access to student services via remote means, albeit in a limited capacity. Important services at this time include:

    Loss of Part-Time Employment Due to Coronavirus Restrictions:

    All students including undergraduate, postgraduate and international students in full or part-time employment, are entitled to this payment. See the Citizens Information website for further information.

    Dealing With Anxiety:

    We understand that this is a stressful time for students particularly given the uncertainty surrounding the situation.

    The DkIT Counselling team has provided a useful factsheet for students with some tips around managing your mental health at this time. Please view here.

    As this is an rapidly evolving situation, we will attempt to keep you informed via email, website and social as updates arise. 

    Best regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 20 March 2020, 20:00: Update for Staff

    Dear colleagues,

    As we approach the end of week one of our campus closure, we wanted to provide you with an update on some important Institute issues at this time.

    All updates have been added to the COVID-19 Staff Information Portal and we ask you to continue to check this page regularly for the latest updates.

    DkIT Supporting HSE COVID-19 National Response Effort:

    • We have received a fantastic response from staff in relation to our request for volunteers to support to the HSE in the management of the COVID-19 health crisis. We want to thank you for expressing your interest. This information has been passed on to our colleagues in THEA who are dealing with the HSE at a sector level. They will be in touch in due course to advise on next steps. All additional expressions of interest can be made directly to covidenquiries@dkit.ie
    • The Institute is currently in discussions with representatives in the HSE around other ways it may be able to support the national response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Further updates will be communicated to staff as soon as plans have been finalised.

    Remote Teaching & Learning:

      • As per our communications last week, we have advised students that commencing Monday 23rd March 2020, teaching will resume through remote means (where possible).
      • We have advised students that remote teaching will take place via a variety of methods and have requested their patience in this regards.
      • Where possible we have asked lecturers to follow the existing Academic Calendar timetabling. Where significant changes apply, we recommend that lecturers communicate directly with their students.
      • Students have been reminded to check their emails and Moodle regularly for the latest resources and communications relating to their modules.
      • Staff are reminded to revisit the Online Teaching Supports section of the Information Portal for the latest tutorials that have been created by CELT. If you have specific questions or require further support please contact Gerry Gallagher or Moira Maguire.

    Updates from Finance Team:

    Finance processes are continuing to work albeit at a limited capacity at present.

    Purchase Orders/Supplier payments:

    • A complete payment run was made last Thursday 12th March. The next payment run will take place over the coming days.
    • If staff are aware of goods having been received but not GRN'ed, can they please let Deirdre Gika and procurement@dkit.ie know via email immediately.
    • If staff are sent invoices directly from suppliers, can they please forward all invoices to both Deirdre Gika and accounts.payable@dkit.ie.
    • Can all budget holders please ensure they approve POs immediately.
    • We will be sending an email to all suppliers on Monday to cease deliveries, therefore can you please advise Deirdre Gika of deliveries that are imperative at this time so they can be omitted from this list.
    • Can staff please cancel all future orders with the exception of essential orders i.e. licence fees, subscriptions, live animal fees etc
    • Where POs need to be raised for essential purchases only, can you please send the Excel Requisition form to Deirdre Gika and procurement@dkit.ie

    Payroll:

    • Salaries have been processed to date up to the 7th May payrun.
    • All Part-time academic staff and LLL staff will continue to be paid during the period of the campus closure.

    Agresso:

    • All staff who require access to Agresso via Citrix should raise a ticket via the IT Helpdesk Ticketing Service.

    Flights

    • Please cancel all foreign travel and flights if not already this has not already been completed. Some airlines are offering vouchers to the staff member travelling as a refund rather than the Institute being refunded directly.
    • Where possible we are asking staff to avail of this voucher option and subsequently to inform Accounts Payable of same and we will provide details how this can be refunded to DKIT from the staff members at a later date.

    Updates from HR Team:

    This week, The Minister for Education & Skills issued a circular to all IoTs and Universities with information relating to regulations and procedures regarding the special arrangements to cater for COVID-19 for staff employed in approved posts funded by monies provided by the Oireachtas. All staff are encouraged to read this circular carefully here: https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0022_2020.pdf

    In the situation that staff or their dependents are advised to enter self-isolation or become ill over the coming weeks they are asked (where possible) to follow the standard reporting procedure:

      • Please inform your Line Manager of your situation as soon as possible. Your Line Manager will in-turn inform HR.
      • Where possible you will be asked to provide medical certification via remote means.

    The Employee Assistance Programme is still available to staff at this time. For more information please visit here. Or contact HR directly via email (HR@dkit.ie)

    Updates from IT:

    • Staff that require IT assistance are reminded to raise tickets via the IT Helpdesk service. Tickets are being responded to remotely via IT staff albeit in a limited capacity at this time.
    • Many staff have enquired about suitable teleconferencing facilities at this time. Staff are encouraged to use Microsoft TEAMs which is available to all staff via Microsoft 365. Staff can use their normal login credentials to access this platform. Tutorials on how to use this can be found here. For any further enquiries, please contact IT via the IT Helpdesk.
    • The following quicklinks will be useful to staff as they work remotely:

    Health & Wellbeing:

    • The health and wellbeing of our staff and students remains our highest priority at this time and we hope that you and your family are well. We encourage you all to continue following trusted HSE guidelines on issues relating self-protectionhand hygiene and social distancing
    • Collectively we all have a responsibility to help ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of this infection by taking the necessary precautions.

    Dealing With Anxiety:

    • We understand that this is a stressful time for staff particularly given the uncertainty surrounding the situation.
    • The DkIT Counselling team has provided a useful factsheet for students and staff with some useful tips around managing your mental health at this time. Please view here.

    We would like to extend our thanks to all staff for their continued support and cooperation in assisting the Institute to respond to this unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation. We will attempt to keep you informed via email, website and social as updates arise. 

    Best regards, 

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 16 March 2020, 18:00: Update from President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    UPDATE: 16 MAR 2020, 18:00: Update from President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    Message to Students from Presidents of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology

    Dear students,

    We have taken the unusual decision to write to you collectively in these extraordinary times. Your health and safety and that of our wider community is our primary concern, which is why we have all instigated revised at-distance teaching and assessment methods for the coming weeks.

    We appreciate that you are all aware of the health implications of COVID-19 and at this stage are taking action to limit its spread yourselves. To restate the advice from the HSE, please follow the guidelines around social distancing, maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and other people. We also particularly ask that you stay away from crowded places in the weeks ahead and limit your own social interactions.

    This does not mean that you should avoid the company of others completely. In fact, it is important for your mental wellbeing to keep in contact with friends and family; just please maintain social distancing by completely foregoing meeting in groups, especially social gatherings or party environments. 

    You should also make a point of looking out for each other by checking in with other students who might be lonely or isolated by phoning them, or Facetime, Skype, Zoom, or whatever system you use. You could also offer your services to volunteer organisations to collect shopping or prescriptions for elderly neighbours or walk their dogs.

    Small social gatherings with enough space between participants to follow the HSE social distancing guidelines are still possible. But any events or activities that involve crowds should be avoided until further notice.

    We ask you to do this for three reasons. Firstly, to protect yourselves from infection. Secondly, to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect at risk people, some of whom may die if they contract the virus. And thirdly, to reduce pressure on our healthcare system. There are close to a quarter of a million students in Irish Higher Education and we are in a strong position to reduce the spread of the virus by acting collectively.

    It is important to remember that if you do contract the virus, your health could be severely affected, and you pose a great danger to the older members of society and those with weak immune systems. You could even be unwittingly responsible for putting others at increased risk.

    Scientific and public health advice tells us that it will take some time before COVID-19 can be contained. You can play your part as an individual by keeping yourself healthy so that the healthcare system can continue to function.

    As a student, you are in a unique position. You are being taught online in many cases and do not have to come into work as many others have to do. All these precautions mean little if you do not stay away from crowds.

    Reputable information that is constantly updated is available from www.hse.ie or from the HSE (@HSELive) and Department of Health (@roinnslainte) Twitter feeds.

    Be kind to each other and take care of yourselves and each other. Let’s give each other the space to find our way through these challenging times and the time to find humanity and meaning here too. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Amanda McCloat (Acting President, St. Angela’s College)

    Andrew Deeks (President, UCD)

    Annie Doona (President, IADT)

    Barry O’Connor (President, CIT)

    Brendan McCormack (President, IT Sligo)

    Brendan O’Donnell (President, IT Tralee)

    Brian MacCraith (President, DCU)

    Cathal Kelly (Chief Executive, RCSI)

    Ciarán Ó Catháin (President, AIT)

    Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, (President, NUI Galway)

    David FitzPatrick (President, TU Dublin)

    Des Fitzgerald (President, University of Limerick)

    Eugene Wall (President, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

    Michael Hannon (Acting President, GMIT)

    Michael Mulvey (President, DkIT)

    Patricia O Sullivan (Executive Director, Higher Education Colleges Association)

    Patricia Mulcahy (President, IT Carlow)

    Patrick O’Shea (President, UCC)

    Patrick Prendergast (Provost, Trinity College Dublin)

    Paul Hannigan (President, LYIT)

    Philip Nolan (President, Maynooth University)

    Vincent Cunnane (President, LIT)

    Willie Donnelly (President, WIT)

    With the support of:

    Lorna Fitzpatrick, President, Union of Students in Ireland

    Joanna Siewierska, President, UCD Students Union

    Jack Scanlan, President, UL Student Life

     

    With the support of: Lorna Fitzpatrick, President, Union of Students in Ireland

     

  • 13 March 2020, 18:00: Update from DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    UPDATE: 13 MAR 2020, 18:00: Update from DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    Dear Colleagues and Students,

    Following the Government’s decision yesterday, the Institute is now closed for staff and students until Monday, 30th March 2020 (except for essential services).

    Circumstances this week are unprecedented for the Institute and for the country as a whole. The decision to severely limit access to the campus for a duration of two weeks is not one that we make lightly and was made in accordance with national guidelines in order prioritise the safety and welfare of our students and staff.

    During the period of campus closure, lectures, tutorials and practical classes will not take place on site. Over the course of the next week, staff are asked to do as much as they can to facilitate student learning at a distance and work remotely, where possible. In this regard, a further detailed communication will be issued to staff and students with support and guidelines.

    Please continue to maintain contact with your lecturers and colleagues over the coming weeks. All details for staff and students will be made available on this webpage and updates will be communicated regularly through email and social media.

    I wish to thank everybody for all that has been done and will continue to be done in delivering our programmes to the students and in maintaining campus life.

    On a personal note, my wish for you is to remain safe and perhaps to take this opportunity to enjoy some time with family.

    Regards,

    Michael

    Michael Mulvey Ph.D
    Uachtarán | President

  • 13 March 2020, 13:00: Update for Students

    UPDATE: 13 MAR 2020, 13:00: Update for Students

    Dear Students:

    Following yesterday’s announcement by the Government, we want to provide a brief update in relation to DkIT’s approach during this period of campus closure.

    The DkIT campus remains closed for students until 8am Monday 30th March 2020. Further updates on this may follow.

    Next week, starting Monday 16th March, will be a study week. Students should use this week as an opportunity to engage in independent learning. Other essential services will be maintained during this period, albeit at reduced levels in many cases. 

    We are aware that this is an anxious time for students, and we understand that you may have many questions on this issue.

    Our management team is currently in the process of reviewing contingency plans. A more comprehensive update will be provided to students and staff this afternoon with additional information on common queries relating to our remote teaching and learning model, students services, placements and more.

    We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation at this time.

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 12 March 2020, 18:10: Update for Staff

    UPDATE: 12 MAR 2020, 18:10: Update for Staff

    Dear staff,

    Following the announcement this morning by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in relation to the closure of all schools and colleges nationally.

    We can confirm that the Institute will close for students today, Thursday 12th March at 6pm until 8am Monday 30th March 2020. Access to the Institute will remain open to staff during this period.

    We have asked all Managers to provide business continuity plans by tomorrow morning to enable essential services to continue during this period of disruption.

    As you can imagine, this is an unprecedented situation for the Institute and we want to assure you that the safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority. All business continuity plans must take this into full consideration.

    Following review of these business continuity plans, we will provide an update to all staff with further instructions and guidance tomorrow via email.

    If you have any specific questions please contact us by email covidenquiries@dkit.ie.

    We thank you all for your co-operation and patience at this time.

  • 12 March 2020, 18:10: Update for Students

    UPDATE: 12 MAR 2020, 18:10: Update for Students

    Dear students,

    Following the announcement this morning by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in relation to the closure of all schools and colleges nationally.

    We can confirm that the Institute will close for students today, Thursday 12th March at 6pm until 8am Monday 30th March 2020

    During this period there will be no physical classes on or off campus (including physical lectures, tutorials, labs or practical group work). However, where classes are currently delivered via online learning, these classes will continue.

    Contingency plans are in place to facilitate continuity of academic delivery including options for online teaching and learning. We want to reassure students that the Institute remains committed to ensuring that students will not face any academic disadvantage due these developments. We will provide an update on this over the coming days.

    Contingency plans are also in development for the continuation of study for postgraduate research students. We will update on this in due course.

    The library will be closed for all students from today, Thursday 12th March at 6pm until 8am Monday 30th March 2020. However online library facilities will continue to be available.

    As you can imagine, this is an unprecedented situation for the Institute and we want to assure you that the safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

    In the interest of health and safety, we encourage all our students to follow HSE guidelines around protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. This includes limiting your social interaction and adhering to health guidelines. For more information, please visit the HSE website.

    Our COVID-19 Taskforce is continuing to meet daily and will continue to do so, monitoring developments and providing advice. More precise details will be communicated to all students tomorrow via email, website and social media. If you have any specific questions please contact us by email covidenquiries@dkit.ie.

    We thank you all for your co-operation and patience at this time.

    The DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 12 March 2020, 11:45: Update for All Staff and Students

    UPDATE: 12 MAR 2020, 11:45: Update for All Staff and Students

    Dear all,

    Following the announcement this morning by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in relation to the closure of schools and colleges due to COVID-19. DkIT will publish further instructions on the implications for staff and student shortly. Communications will be sent via email, our website and social media.

    We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience on this issue.

    With Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 10 March 2020, 13:00

    UPDATE: 10 MAR 2020, 13:00

    The Institute is open and operating as normal – Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students at this time.

    As you are aware, there is an ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus with confirmed cases in multiple countries worldwide, with confirmed cases exceeding 100,000 for the first time. There are now 43 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland (UPDATED: 09:45 Thursday 12th March 2020). The risk of contracting the coronavirus in Ireland is low to moderate. As we have said previously, this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will provide daily updates on this website and if required also via email and Twitter (@DkIT_ie).

    Further information is available on the HSE website. Most cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, with those more severely affected already suffering underlying health conditions that leave them more vulnerable to respiratory conditions.

    In the event of any suspected cases on campus or individuals presenting with symptoms that may even remotely resemble the coronavirus - DkIT will follow all recommended HSE protocols. All measures taken by DkIT at this point in time remain purely precautionary and in line with best practice, which we will continue to follow at all times.

    All units of the Institute, academic, professional and commercial, have been advised to develop plans for a range of potential scenarios. The institute is committed to ensuring that students will not face any academic disadvantage due to disruption caused by the coronavirus.

    An agreed COVID-19 task force has been established within the institute and will meet daily to review plans and actions in light of the latest information available to us at the time.

    The safety and wellbeing of the DkIT community is, and always will be, our highest priority, and we have carefully considered the official advice available to us, and our responsibility to ensure the welfare of our students, staff and visitors. We will keep the community updated regularly as the situation changes.

    If you require any further information than has been provided on this website, please contact our dedicated email address which will be reviewed at regular intervals

    Email: covidenquiries@dkit.ie

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General Advice

General advice for all staff and students to minimize the risk of transmission. To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.

Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected person's nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keep this in mind. It will help you remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus.

Step 1.

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and/or alcohol (min 60%) based hand sanitizer for a minimum of 20 seconds and in particular:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • after toilet use
  • before eating
  • before and after preparing food
  • if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
  • if your hands are dirty
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste

Where possible the Institute has installed alcohol-based sanitizers in buildings across the campus (where stocks last). Staff. students and visitors are also encouraged to regularly wash their hands and information on how to correctly wash your hands with soap and water has been placed in all toilets.

Step 2.

Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces eg keyboards, tables, door handles. Regular washing of clothes. Do not share towels, tea-towels or utensils.

 


 

Step 3.

Ensure appropriate ventilation in offices and classrooms by opening windows etc.

 


 

Step 3.

Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.

Some of the things you can do:

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
  • work from home if possible

Don't

  • do not shake hands or make close contact, if possible

For more information visit the HSE Website.

 

Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • What is the coronavirus?

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness, which has not previously been seen in humans and was first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has now spread to 124 countries across the world.

  • How is it spread?

    The coronavirus is spread in the same way that viruses are spread - through small droplets released by coughs and sneezes, by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles etc and through touching your mouth and eyes when the virus is on your hands.

  • What are the symptoms of coronovirus?

    Common signs of the coronavirus, which may take up to 14 days to appear, are:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing

    Most cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, with those who have been most affected already suffering from underlying health conditions that leave them more vulnerable to respiratory conditions.

    Read more about signs and symptoms from the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Centre for Disease Control(US).

  • What can I do to protect myself from contracting coronavirus?

    Because the virus is spread in similar ways to the seasonal flu virus, we can take the same, simple, common-sense precautions that we would to stop ourselves getting colds and flu. These precautions are centred on good personal hygiene and include:

      • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with either soap and water or alcohol based hand cleanser with content of at least 60% alcohol, particularly after using the bathroom and before and after handling food.
      • Please take a few minutes to watch this video which outlines hygiene measures: https://youtu.be/5JYhm9oa-DM
      • Use a paper handkerchief to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and put it in a waste bin, then wash your hands.
      • Avoid being too close to someone that is displaying cold or flu-like symptoms

    For the latest advice on how to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 please visit the HSE Website.

  • Can I get information on COVID-19 in my native language (if not English)?

    The HSE has published a series of informational resources relating to COVID-19 in 17 different languages including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Polish, Spanish, Urdu and more. Click to view multi-lingual resources.

Useful Links about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DkIT Contact Information

Student Health Centre

During the period of scheduled campus closure, the DkIT Health Unit staff are available via telephone from 9am to 5pm (weekdays) for advice to students. Please use the below telephone numbers:

Alternatively, you may contact them by email at healthunit@dkit.ie detailing your contact number and they will return your call.

For more information visit: www.dkit.ie/about-dkit/coronavirus/student-update.html#health-unit

Student Services

If as a student you have any non-medical concerns regarding wellbeing and the coronavirus, please contact:

T: +353 (0)42 9370240
E: studentservices@dkit.ie

General Queries

If you require any further information than has been provided on this website, please contact our dedicated email address which will be reviewed at regular intervals

Email: covidenquiries@dkit.ie