Covid-19 update

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January 11th, 2021

Dear Students,

We hope you are well. 

As previously advised, Ireland is in lockdown due to Covid-19. Irish Immigration has advised that prospective students seeking to enter the State must wait until in-person tuition has been resumed. Students with existing bookings should postpone their travel plans until in-class tuition has resumed.  

As a precautionary measure in light of ongoing public health concerns and the move to Level 5 by the Government in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all first time registration appointments have been cancelled with effect from Wednesday 23rd December 2020 until further notice, which means that you will not be able to get your IRP (Irish Residence Permit) in any time soon.

We do not recommend any new arrivals into the State while Level 5 is in place, and we urge students to postpone their courses to late 2021.

Please keep up to date with the current restrictions that are in place using reliable sources such www.hse.ie and www.rte.ie.

If you need more details please let us know.

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Covid-19 Guidelines

Travelling to Ireland

Students must note that we do not recommend any international travel. If you choose to travel abroad, you must inform Delfin before your trip info@delfin.ie

We are following the Irish Government’s protocols for the safe re-opening of schools and colleges.

On 8th January 2021, Irish Immigration advised that prospective students seeking to enter the State must wait until in-person tuition has been resumed.

Please keep up to date with the current restrictions that are in place using reliable sources such www.hse.ie and www.rte.ie   

Restricting Your Movements

If you are travelling into Ireland you are requested to restrict your movements for 14 days. This means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible:

Students may not come to the school building.

Do not use public transport. Airport transfers must be arranged as normal with Delfin, email info@delfin.ie

You must wear a mask when in the transfer/taxi and sit in the back seat.

Do not visit others / do not go to house viewings.

Do not have visitors at your home.

Do not go to the shops or pharmacy unless absolutely necessary.

Do not meet face-to-face with older people.

Please carefully read the full official guidelines here.

You are also required to complete the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

Guidelines on how to restrict your movements


COVID Tracker Mobile App

We strongly encourage everyone to download and use the Irish Government’s COVID Tracker mobile app. It is a free app which you can download here: https://covidtracker.gov.ie/

The goal of the COVID Tracker app is to help to protect each other and to slow the spread of coronavirus in Ireland. The app will:

·         alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive

for coronavirus, advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others, and

·         alert other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for

coronavirus.

Accommodation

Host family and City host

We offer single and twin rooms (for students traveling together). Bedrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and surfaces disinfected between each arrival/departure. It is recommended to maintain a social distancing of 1 – 2 metres from members of the household where possible and wear a face cover outside your bedroom.

Many of the host families are elderly people, for this reason some of them may not accept a student to self-quarantine in their home for 2 weeks, only after this period will they accept new arrivals in their home. In this situation we will help you book a hotel for your quarantine period and organize the transfer to your new accommodation with you.

Anyone arriving from a non-green list county will have to restrict your movements:

·         Your meals will be provided by your host family.

·         City Host will help with your food and groceries delivery.

·         You must stay in the host family and restrict your movements; do not come to school.

·         You must not change accommodation within the first 14 days of arrival

·         You must wear a face cover in common areas of the house.

·         The host family will provide you with separate cutlery (glass, cup, plate, knife, and fork), to reduce the contamination risk.

·         You will eat your meals at a separate time or location. When you take off your face cover to have your meals you need to keep a social distance of at least 2 metres from other members of the household.

·         If an en-suite bedroom is not available, the host family will provide you with your own paper towels, hand soap and sanitizer. They will ask you to wipe down the toilet, shower, sink, switches and door handles after use.

·         Do not visit others, go to house viewings or parties.

Premium residence

We are offering single bedrooms en-suite. Each bedroom and common area will be thoroughly cleaned and surfaces disinfected in each arrival/departure. Each student will be advised to stay in their single room as much as possible and use the common area (living room/Kitchen) for a short period. You must wear a face cover outside your room and keep social distance when you take off your mask to have meals (at least 2 metres).

Arriving from a non-green list county you have to restrict your movements:

The premium residence will have its own policy, extra guidelines includes:

·         Do not visit other apartments or rooms.

·         Do not invite any visitors to the apartment.

·         Do not go out to the shops, restaurants or pharmacies - you can contact the residence reception and they will bring your grocery delivery to you in your apartment.

·         Do not use the gym

·         Call reception if you need to use the laundry room

·         Sanitize all the surfaces used in the common area, including door handles and switches.

·         Wear a face cover outside your room and avoid hanging out in the common area

·         Do not visit others, go to house viewings or parties.

Non-Delfin Accommodation

If you have recently travelled from abroad and are staying in non-Delfin accommodation, you must also restrict your movements for 14 days and send the Covid-19 Accommodation Declaration Form to info@delfin.ie with the address and more information about the house you are living.

The following rules apply:

·         Only you and the person you travelled with can stay in the same room. If you travelled alone, you cannot stay in a shared room.

·         No new arrivals can stay in the same bedroom.

·         Do not visit another apartments or bedrooms.

·         Avoid hanging out in the kitchen or living room.

·         Do not go for house viewings or parties.

·         Sanitize all the surfaces used in the common area after cooking or using the bathroom, including door handles and switches.

·         Do not go out to the shops, restaurants or pharmacies- You must use a delivery service or ask one of your flatmates to shop for you

·         Wear a mask at all times in the kitchen / living area except when eating.

·         Try to make sure all new people in this accommodation follow the rules. If you have any queries or help to understand the guidance above, please send an email to info@delfin.ie

·         If you feel sick, please stay home

Symptoms of COVID-19

Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and, in some cases, can be fatal.

It can take anything from 2 to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear and can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

·         a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above).

·         a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.

·         shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.

·         Some people infected with the virus, so called asymptomatic cases, have

experienced no symptoms at all.

For the complete list of symptoms, please refer to HSE COVID-19 symptoms

If you have the symptoms above or had a contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must contact your GP (doctor), the phone consultation is for FREE and the Covid-19 TEST IS FREE.

If you need help to find a GP, please send an email to info@delfin.ie

After you contact your GP please email info@delfin.ie explaining that you cannot go to the school because of the above reason and we will contact you for more details.

Returning to School

When it is safe and we are authorised to return to face-to-face classes, everyone must complete the Return Pre-Arrival Form questionnaire prior to entering the building. This questionnaire is about recent travel, social interactions with confirmed cases, symptoms etc. You must send it 72 hours before going to school.

Face Covers

Face masks are mandatory inside the school building. If you do not have a face mask, please organise one before your first class. Masks can be purchased from reception if necessary.

If you cannot wear a mask due to a health condition, you can wear a visor, but you need to stay 2 meters away from everyone during class and outside. Please email info@delfin.ie and we will organize appropriate seating for you.

Travelling abroad / Holidays

If you are leaving and returning to Ireland during your course e.g. if you are going on holidays you must inform info@delfin.ie of your travel plans and flight details. You may have to restrict your movements for 14 days upon your return to Ireland and will not be able to join face-to-face classes during that time – please keep up to date with the current restrictions that are in place.

The advice is not to travel outside Ireland at the moment. Before returning to school after holidays students must re-submit the Return Pre-Arrival Form.

Do you need help now? 

If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support text HELLO to 50808

If your life is at imminent risk, call 999 for emergency help.

The service is funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

For more information access https://text50808.ie/

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January 04th, 2021

Dear Students,

We hope you are well and had a lovely Christmas.

Online Classes

As you may know Ireland has entered a full lockdown which will be in place until at least 31st of January. Due to this, students seeking to enter Ireland for the first time or are without a valid visa (GNIB/IRP expired) will not be able to do so. The Immigration office in Dublin is closed until further notice so it is not possible to arrange an appointment to get your first student visa.

Schools are not authorized to have face-to-face classes until level 3 restrictions (or lower) are in place again. We in Delfin will continue offering online classes on all levels for in-country, and overseas students. If you cannot take your course here in Ireland at this moment, you can join our online classes from your country or the place you are currently. As this is an ongoing situation things may change overtime, we will follow the official government channels and statements to understand what the School must do.

Courses for future dates are still available to book and if you have any queries please contact us at info@delfin.ie

Please view more translated resources about coronavirus (COVID-19) in various languages here.

Renewing Students

If you are already in the State you must continue studying in order to apply for your renewal visa. Visa extensions are valid only if students are enroled and studying either in an English School or a Higher Education Institution.

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October 21st, 2020

Dear Students,

With level 5 in place only essential services are open. The Irish Government has advised that English language Schools and all Adult / Further education should immediately move online and remain online until level 3 or lower restrictions are in place again. 

Students currently in the State are required to enrol and ‘virtually’ attend in the same way as if they were physically present in the classroom. There is no change to the hours a student may work and the standard ILEP criteria remain. 

Prospective students seeking to enter the State should wait until in-person tuition has been resumed. Failure to do so may result in such students being refused leave to land and being refused registration. 

As this is an ongoing situation things may change overtime, we will follow the official government channels and statements to understand what the School must do.

Courses for future dates are still available to book and if you have any queries please contact us at info@delfin.ie

Please view more translated resources about coronavirus (COVID-19) in various languages here.