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What do I do if I have any concerns?

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If you have any general concerns, please speak to any member of staff. Your Class Teacher is also available to assist you and guide you.

We have made every effort to open safely and continue to be highly vigilant. If you notice anything that concerns you about how we are managing this, or how people are co-operating, please let a member of staff know immediately.

You can speak to any member of staff, email us on, or call us on 059 913 4230.

What will my in-college experience be like?

2020-09-17T16:27:52+01:00September 17th, 2020||

We will be practicing social distancing at all Carlow Institute facilities, and the students shall follow the HSE general guidelines including, Social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing of masks

Students and staff attending Carlow Institute are required to wear a face covering whilst at college. You will receive a complimentary mask and visor at Induction, however you will need to have your own supply of additional masks.

Please note that special arrangements for social distancing will be in place for all practical classrooms – you will be advised of these at induction. In practical classrooms, we are following the recommendations of the guidelines for a minimum one-metre spacing, with appropriate face-coverings and relevant safety protocols at all times.

We are constantly reviewing these safety practices in response to guidelines that we receive which are subject to change. We ask that you help to keep everyone – you included – in our Institute community safe, by adhering to the guidelines at all times.

I’m trying to decide on accommodation for the year. Can you advise me?

2020-09-17T16:26:26+01:00September 17th, 2020||

We understand that decisions around programmes and accommodation this year will be influenced by timetables in a way that has not happened before. We are currently planning our delivery of course in response to the safety guidelines. Timetables will be available on the week beginning Monday 21stSeptember at Induction.

Carlow Institute does not operate its own accommodation, so our students stay with private providers. Please see the local papers (Carlow Nationalist and Carlow People) for rental accommodation that may be available.

How will my assessments and examinations take place in 2020/2021?

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We will be adhering to all relevant advice to keep our staff and students safe in all circumstances, including exams and assessments. Where this means conducting assessments through alternative and remote means, we will do so. These were the methods used successfully for our Summer 2020 assessments. We will be there to support with this too.

I have additional needs. How will this work in light of the new restrictions?

2020-09-17T16:22:30+01:00September 17th, 2020||

We have a dedicated SEN team who will meet with you at Induction and plan to support you through the year. Please make sure you have appropriate supporting documentation with you for this meeting. If you haven’t already mentioned your particular need to the Co-ordinator of the course, please do so at the point of Induction, and we will do what we can to help.

What about other services at the Institute?

2020-09-17T16:21:31+01:00September 17th, 2020||

For the present, our library resource centre has to remain shut. Support for learning is still very important to us, and we have many opportunities for you to engage with the wide range of learning support services on offer. We will explain how you can access this at Induction.

We apologise that we must restrict some of these services, but it is for essential safety and we ask for your co-operation at all times.

Is there a canteen service at the Institute?

2020-09-17T16:20:25+01:00September 17th, 2020||

The current guidelines restrict what we can do, but we are aiming still to offer as much as we can. We will have a canteen service; however seating will be extremely limited. You are asked to maintain the appropriate distance of 2-metres in this space. If you are asked by any member of staff to adhere to distance and safety measures, please do so.

Breaks will be staggered, so different groups can access this service at different times. In addition to the canteen, we have vending machines and you can bring your own food too of course. Please note that due to safety guidelines, we cannot provide drinking water taps at present – please bring your own bottled water.

What is meant when you hear about class bubbles and pods?

2020-09-17T16:34:57+01:00September 17th, 2020||

Physical distancing is a key measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In order to facilitate physical distancing at the Institute, we are working in course group ‘bubbles’. This is very different to how we work usually, but for safety we are seeking to avoid interaction between course groups as much as possible. Similarly, class groups will have fixed seating plans.

Within your course group, students may be further separated into small discrete groups or ‘Pods’, to the extent that this is practical. This will depend on the nature of the work – if you are required (for the qualification assessment) to undertake group work, you will remain in a fixed ‘pod’ with other students for this – always following social distance guidelines of course. We are limiting the number of rooms you will use on the days you are in to absolute minimum possible – again to minimise the potential the risk of spread.

We ask that all student co-operate with this.

What is the advice for travelling to Carlow Institute?

2020-09-17T16:18:11+01:00September 17th, 2020||

Whatever mode of transport is used for travel to the Institute, the aim is to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by ensuring physical distancing, good hand hygiene, good respiratory hygiene and wearing of face coverings where appropriate.

  • walk or cycle to the Institute as much as possible, where safe and appropriate. If walking or cycling with people from other households, a distance of 2 metres between people should be maintained where possible
  • if driving to the Institute, wherever possible you should use your own private or family group vehicle and you should not arrange carpools
  • don’t offer or accept a lift from others
  • public transport should be avoided if possible. Where public transport must be used, strict adherence to physical distancing must be maintained and students aged 13 years and older should wear face coverings in line with national guidance
  • Parking (which is free!) for students is on a first-come, first served basis as always. Please respected reserved spaces which are clearly marked
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