This page was last reviewed and updated at 18:30 GMT on Friday 8th May 2020.
Latest updates for DkIT Staff on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
This page was last reviewed and updated at 18:30 GMT on Friday 8th May 2020.
Following the Government’s recent announcement, we can confirm that the Institute’s campus closure will extend until Monday 18th May 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 email@example.com and we encourage you to remain in regular contact with your lecturers and colleagues.
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.
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.
For all specific questions related to the campus closure, please contact your line manager or directly email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
We would also like to commend the swift action of our School of Health & Science, DkIT Estates, caretaking and housekeeping team for coordinating with the HSE and helping to establish plans under short notice.
The Institute in currently in discussions with the HSE around other areas that it may be able to support their national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide further details on these as plans are confirmed.
DkIT is assisting Louth Volunteer Centre to recruit personnel from DkIT staff that may have relevant skills to support specialised COVID-19-related volunteer opportunities. These specialised volunteer opportunities are listed on our new DkIT Community Response Portal where you can register your interest.
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.
At a meeting on 27th March 2020, the DkIT Academic Council approved the following contingencies regarding assessment in light of the COVID-19 emergency:
Further information on how this will operated at School level will be communicated to you by your Head of Department/Head Of School.
Latest Update: Friday 3rd April 2020:
Following last week’s update in relation to Examinations & Assessment, academic staff across the Institute have been busy developing alternative assessments where feasible to replace the final examinations on campus.
To support this process, a Standing Committee of Academic Council has agreed upon a set of guiding principles. These include: validity, fairness, academic integrity and proportionality. This means that the programme teams are working to ensure that students are not disadvantaged while also preserving integrity of their degree qualifications.
Each of the four Academic Schools have prepared individual statements for students to update them on the current state of play for Assessments and Examinations within the respective Schools. Please see statements below:
School of Business & Humanities:
School of Engineering:
School of Health & Science:
School of Informatics & Creative Arts:
The DkIT Health & Safety Coordinator has provided guidance in the form of a Safe Work Practice Sheet (SWPS) with associated Risk Assessment (RA) for employees who are temporarily working from home. All staff are encouraged to read through this document carefully and make necessary adjustments as advised. Click here to view document.
For staff who will be using Moodle to move more of their teaching activities online, CELT has developed a module, Learning with Moodle, which should be available to all staff after logging into Moodle.
This module which is available at https://2020-moodle.dkit.ie/course/view.php?id=984, contains instructions and resources relating to a small number of key features of Moodle which can be used in the coming weeks.
This module will be updated on an ongoing basis in response to the needs of students and staff. If you have specific questions or require further support please contact Gerry Gallagher on Gerry.email@example.com or Moira Maguire firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the latest announcement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD we can confirm that the campus will remain closed to students and staff until 18th May 2020.
We are aware that some staff may have urgent requests to visit the campus to collect materials relating to assessments etc. If you are in this position, you are reminded to inform your line manager directly who will liaise with their School/Functional Areas lead (unless already done so). Further updates will be provided in due course.
Finance processes are continuing to work albeit at a limited capacity at present.
Purchase Orders/Supplier payments:
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:
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).
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The DkIT campus will remain closed to staff and students until the Monday 30th March 2020. Only essential staff will be allowed access. During this period, staff are asked (where possible) to work remotely.
Please find detail on the DkIT Policy for Working Remotely during COVID-19.
During the period of campus closure, staff are asked to check their emails regularly and respond to enquiries from students and colleagues, where possible.
If you have any questions about working from home, please contact your Line Manager.
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 to self-protection, hand 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.
Health & Wellbeing Tips from the HSE:
The HSE and public health representative have publish a series of articles related to health & wellbeing, stress management, parental support and physical movement which might be useful to you at this time.
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.
During this period of closure, staff are encouraged to maintain contact with their colleagues and Line Managers, where possible. If you encounter any difficulties, please inform your Line Manager.