The College has put procedures & policies in place in response to COVID-19.

The College’s COVID-19 Steering Group has been engaged and continues to meet. Read their latest update here.

The health and well-being of our staff, lecturers, learners and residents is paramount and we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days and weeks. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.

Please see the FAQs below. If you have any questions about COVID-19 and Griffith College, please contact [email protected].

 

Yes! Wearing face masks will be required on campus. They should be worn in all common areas and anywhere you can’t maintain a two-metre social distance. Masks will be required in outdoor spaces where groups are gathered.

Stick to the left-hand side! A one-way system will be put in certain places and there will be signs to remind you. 

Remember to wear your face mask when you are moving around campus and in toilets. There will be at least a ten-minute break between each class, with classes typically being of fifty minutes duration.

Learners and staff are required to wear masks at all times in indoor shared spaces, including classrooms, common areas, and libraries. Learners will be required to wear masks while sitting at desks. Lecturers may remove masks while delivering lectures

Everyone is required to use a disinfectant wipe to clean their desks and chairs before and after lectures. Disinfectant wipes will be provided in every room. The rooms will be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day, but your safety is a priority so be sure to use the wipes provided before and after your lecture. 

Everyone attending campus should follow HSE guidelines.

You should not attend campus if you have:

  • A fever (high temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above)
  • A cough (this can be any type of cough, not just a dry cough)
  • Shortness of breath (breathing difficulties)
  • A loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste

Or if:

  • you have a positive Antigen test result.
  • you are awaiting a COVID-19 test
  • you are waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test
  • you are considered a close contact of a current COVID-19 case

In summary, please do not attend the College if you have symptoms of COVID or are a close contact or a confirmed case. You are at risk of putting the health and safety of your class and staff and their extended families at risk.

If you are sick please contact your Programme Director or your Faculty Administrator and they will assist you best on how we can help you keep up to date with your studies.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and book a COVID-19 PCR test if you:

  • Are over 39 and have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Are booking for a child who is under 4 who has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Had a positive antigen test in the past 24 hours
  • Are a healthcare worker

Due to very high demand, you might find it difficult to book a test appointment online. Check back later in the day because more tests may become available.

  • You should book antigen tests online from the HSE if you are aged between 4 to 39 and have symptoms of COVID-19. If you are in this age group, do not book a PCR test unless you get a positive antigen test result.
  • Contact your GP if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and an underlying condition that puts you at higher risk.

A strategy has been put in place by the college following all the advice provided by the HSE. 

In the case of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus, the college will contact the HSE and a risk assessment will be carried out to determine how the college should proceed.

In all situations, your programme director will contact a key COVID sub-group in the College who in turn will contact the HSE.

  • When wearing a face mask, you should ensure that both your nose and mouth are covered, and the bottom of the mask should be under your chin.
  • If you are wearing a reusable face mask, it is a good idea to change them each day.
  • Reusable face masks should be washed in warm soapy water in the sink/put in a washing machine (60 degree cycle)
  • Face masks should be stored in a sealable, clean, waterproof plastic bag when they are not being worn.
  • When putting on or removing a face mask do so by only touching the handles (around your ears).

New students joining Griffith College

Our International Department and our overseas officers are available to answer your questions and process your application.

If you have a specific query in relation to your application to Griffith College, please email [email protected].

Protecting Yourself From COVID-19

To keep yourself safe and healthy make sure you are following the guidelines in place. Ensure you

  • Regularly wash your hands & use hand sanitiser.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard the used tissue.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Know the common signs of infection - they include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Please be wary of these symptoms and seek immediate medical attention by phone should such symptoms occur.

Over fifty hand sanitisers are available at all four campus locations and in Griffith Halls of Residence, at entrances to all buildings. Using the sanitisers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands. However, washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds remains the most effective way to protect yourself.

Posters, banners, floor markings with information about keeping yourself safe have been put up in multiple places on campus.

The College has a COVID-19 Steering Group (CSG) which is in contact with HSE about ongoing developments.

We will make every effort to keep our website current as the situation evolves. However, the most up-to-date information on the virus can be found at:

You can also view up-to-date information from the HPSC at the link below.

COVID-19 has been overwhelming for everyone and anxiety is a natural reaction to such a change. It is important to look after yourself mentally, emotionally and physically. Your well-being is extremely important.

If you want to speak to someone you can contact the Griffith Counselling Service, which is free of charge, and appointments can be arranged over Zoom from the comfort of your home. To make an appointment, you can e-mail [email protected] or call 085 1521511. Learn more about Griffith's counselling service.

Griffith Halls of Residence

GHR is releasing regular communication to residents regarding their health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis.

We have taken multiple steps and information which can be found on our COVID-19 page.

We continue to make ourselves available to residents who have any further questions about Covid-19.

The Accommodation Office opening times are 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday (closed 1pm to 2pm for lunch).

As always, maintenance requests must be via your student portal.

The safety of our staff and residents continues to be our top priority. All of the steps you need to take regarding keeping yourself healthy can be found here.

GHR operates on a policy of strict patient confidentiality. No patient details will be publicly disclosed and residents will be treated with the utmost respect.

Please ensure you utilise the non-alcohol sanitising gel affixed to walls at entry points to the residence.

Please keep up to date with advice from the HSE.

All residents are required to download the HSE COVID-19 download app as part of our lease agreement. You will be required to show this downloaded app on arrival to Griffith Halls of Residence.  This app was released earlier this year and will allow health authorities to track and trace your contacts in the event you contract the virus and notify you in the case you have been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

Get the App on Google Play / Get the App on Apple

If you feel that you have developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, remember to keep calm. When you develop any infectious illness it is always best to consider the health of others and take appropriate precautions to protect their health – this includes voluntary quarantine. Once you have quarantined yourself, contact both [email protected] and [email protected] for advice.

Students residing in an apartment are treated as a household and should one student contact the virus, then all residents of that apartment should quarantine in line with Department of Health advice.

Please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs for guidance on a country-by-country basis. 

All residents with confirmed reservations will be permitted to enter their country with the appropriate testing and travel documentation. More information can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

 

 

To maintain the safety of everyone within GHR, all public area cleaning will be conducted at the following times in the relevant areas. Residents are requested not to be in these areas at these times.

Area Start End
Laundry 8.30AM 9.00AM
Block 1A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 9.00AM 9.30AM
Block 1B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 9.30AM 10.00AM
Block 2A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 10.00AM 10.30AM
Block 2B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 10.30AM 11.00AM
Block 1A main and back stairs (floors) 11.15AM 12.00PM
Block 1B main and back stairs (floors) 12.10PM 1.00PM
Block 2A main and back stairs (floors) 2.00PM 2.45PM
Block 2B main and back stairs (floors) 2.45PM 3.30PM
Block 1A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 3.30PM 4.00PM
Block 1B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 4.00PM 4.30PM
Block 2A back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 4.30PM 5.00PM
Block 2B back and main stairs (handrails) plus corridors including lifts 5.00PM 5.30PM

GHR management regularly communicates to all residents during each of these phases as outlined above in our newsletters.

Our advice on social gatherings, parties within apartments, and visitors is in line with the Governments advice. Our Security team kindly request that all residents continue to exercise good social distancing or contact them by phone on 0878182370. Finally, our maintenance team may request you to leave your apartment to attend to a reported matter for a short period of time.

Rapid Antigen Testing - FAQ's for learners and residents

Following the recent announcement by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, Griffith College will be making, at no cost, rapid antigen testing kits widely available to all our learners and residents. Rapid antigen testing is a simple self-test with results available in 15-20mins which provides another layer of protection to current health measures and practice

From Monday 31st of January, Griffith College will be making free rapid antigen test kits available to learners and residents on production of a valid student card (or GHR key fob). This scheme is being funded by the Government.

Test kits can be obtained from the locations listed below:

  • SU Reception desk in the SU Building - 1000hrs and 1600hrs - Mondays to Fridays
  • Arthurs Restaurant in the AFB Block – 1200hrs to 1400hrs - Mondays to Fridays
  • Main reception (for evening learners) – 1730hrs to 1830hrs – Mondays to Thursdays
  • The Griffith Halls of Residence (for residents) – GHR, Block 2 in Classroom 202, each Tuesday evening 1900hrs to 2000hrs

Please be patient if queuing for test kits. You will need to show a valid Griffith College Student Card (or GHR key fob) to receive your kits.

Learners will be provided with 2 kits on production of a valid student card (or GHR key fob). learners and residents may visit a distribution centre as often as they need to obtain kits but are asked not to obtain more kits than is strictly necessary and not to stockpile or obtain kits for others.

The Government have provided us with enough test kits for all learners / residents for a five week period, if everyone takes their allocation.

Therefore as there is a finite supply of test kits,  if they are used appropriately then they will last longer.

You should use a self-administered rapid antigen test on a regular basis. Testing every three days /twice per week is recommended. Regular testing provide a better quality of result than once off occasional testing.

Please ensure you undertake the tests in your home, before you travel for lecturers or attend the campus facilities.

You should follow the instructions contained within the package.

See this short video for guidance.

Further instructions on how to use a test kit can be found on the HSE website.

No, the kits are provided to help learners and residents manage their risk from Covid 19 at their own discretion.

Current advice on what to do if you have been identified as a close contact of Covid case can be found on the HSE website. There are different rules depending on your vaccination status so please read the advice closely and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

If you have symptoms of Covid 19 then you should immediately self-isolate (stay in your room) and arrange for a test. There are different testing guidelines for persons of different ages, so consult the most current advice from the HSE and follow the guidance that is relevant to your situation.

If your antigen test is positive you will need to self-isolate for a period of time and report your test result online to the HSE listing your close contacts.

If you test positive following an antigen test (or indeed after a PCR test) please report your diagnosis to your Programme Director.

Yes. If you have been advised to engage in a sequence of self-testing by the HSE then you can use the kits supplied by Griffith College to start that process immediately whilst you await delivery of your test kits from the HSE.