FAQ Atlantic Language Reopening

What date will Atlantic Language open for Face-to-face classes?

Galway School – August 31st, 2020 

Dublin School – Under review

Is the school fully closed now?

Our building closed on 12 March but the school has never closed.

Will all courses be available face-to-face?

Not all courses will be available immediately. We intend to run General English (Standard and Intensive), IELTS Preparation Courses and scheduled Erasmus+ Training Courses where numbers allow.

How will Atlantic Language ensure the safety of students and staff at the school?

Following Irish Government guidelines, we are putting in place many safety measures designed to keep all our students and staff safe.

Staff and students are required to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from all other people, and everyone using the school building will be required to follow hand washing and respiratory hygiene guidelines.

Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the school. All staff and students will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and whenever re-entering the building throughout the day. We Ask that all students follow hand washing respiratory hygiene guidelines.

Class start and finish times will be staggered to ensure that not all students are in the common areas or student lounge at the same time. You will be told your class start and finish times when you are assigned your class.

Weather permitting you will be encouraged to take your breaks outdoors on our roof terrace. Even outdoors, social distancing must be maintained.

Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised at the end of each day.

Classes will be assigned a room which will not change. Rooms will be big enough to accommodate all the students and their teacher while maintaining social distancing. Students will be assigned their own desk in their classroom which no other student will use.

Students will be required to wear masks or face coverings in class.

Each class will have one teacher to reduce the risk of contamination from one class to another.

Where possible doors will be left open to maximise ventilation throughout the building and to reduce the need to touch door handles. Doors will be cleaned every day before students arrive and throughout the day.

Students will be provided with their own copy of the course book which they will take away after each class rather than leaving it in the classroom.

Students will have access to our online learning platform where additional resources will be available.

Many of our Reception services will be made available on an online portal Reception will be staffed by one member of staff who will look after all services that cannot be offered online. Staff will be behind screens and only one student at a time can approach the Reception Desk. There will be a socially distanced queuing system.

How will my first day in Ireland be affected by COVID-19 precautions?

Before you arrive in Ireland you must provide the address where you will be staying in Ireland and your contact details as well as details of your travel arrangements. All travellers arriving into Ireland must fill out the COVID 19 Passenger Locator Form.

How will my first day at the school be affected by Covid 19 measures?

If the course you have booked requires a placement test, then you will do this online before you travel. Any speaking test required will be done via Zoom with one of our Academic team. Instructions are sent in advance by email for both.

Welcome information will also be shared for online viewing before arrival.

What happens if I have to quarantine on arrival in Ireland?

Visitors coming to Ireland from the countries not on the Green List,

(https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/8868e-view-the-covid-19-travel-advice-list/)

will be required to restrict their movements for 14 days after arrival. This policy will be reviewed every two weeks and is subject to change depending on changing rates of infection.

For those who are required to quarantine for the first 14 days after their arrival to Ireland, Atlantic Language can offer either a single en-suite room in one of our student apartments located within walking distance of the school, or host family accommodation; we have selected families with spacious houses, most within walking distance of the school, who are willing and able to accept students. For the duration of their 2-week quarantine students will have access to Atlantic Language’s Online Classes.  

What procedures are in place to make the accommodation safe?

Our Host Families will provide their usual warm welcome. However, they will keep their homes safe by increasing the frequency of cleaning and providing hand sanitiser for their guests. To reduce the chance of infection you will not be allowed to move to a different host family until you have stayed at your current home for at least 2 weeks.

Apartments are self-catering with up to 4 people per apartment each with their own room. En-suite rooms are available on request.  Apartments will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised before each booking and guests will be asked to take all precautions sensible within a self-catering context.

What do I need to bring with me?

We suggest that you bring enough masks or face coverings and hand sanitiser to last you for at least a week. Please note that face coverings are mandatory on public transport in Ireland, and in supermarkets and shops and highly recommended in other indoor spaces where it is difficult to maintain social distance. You will be required to wear a face covering in class.

We strongly recommend that you bring a tablet or laptop with you as we will be providing many of our materials digitally rather than on paper.

Please ensure also that you bring enough pens and paper for your personal use as we cannot share these items.

How do I get to and from the airport safely?

Access to Galway is by a private coach link direct from Dublin airport. You will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of the journey and to follow the social distancing guidelines specified by the coach company ie. CITYLINK

How will I get to and from the school safely?

Many of our host families are within a reasonable walking distance from the school. We will do our best to place you in a host family that is within walking distance but this may not always be possible.

The Irish Government advice is that everyone should walk or cycle to work/school where possible.  If you have to use public transport you must wear a mask or face covering.

All our apartment accommodation is located within a short walk of the school.

Will there be a social activity programme?

While restrictions are in place Atlantic Language will be running a modified Social Programme which will have a greater focus on outdoor and online activities. The nature of the activities offered will depend on the government restrictions in place at the time.

All activities will be carefully assessed to make sure that any risk to students and staff is managed.

Will I be able to socialise with other students outside of class?

Break times and lunch times will be staggered to reduce the number of students gathering in shared spaces. Our outdoor terrace and Student Lounge are large enough to allow for social distancing.

Government guidelines advise against congregating in large groups indoors, but you can visit pubs, restaurants and cafes as long as you observe the social distancing restrictions in place. However, it is likely that this situation will ease as time goes on.

Will I be able to travel to other parts of Ireland?

Yes. Public transport to areas around Ireland is operating on a restricted timetable so it will be essential to pre-book your ticket for any journeys and face masks are obligatory on any form of public transport.

How will I get food and drink while studying at Atlantic Language?

There are lots of shops and cafes in the area around the school where it is possible to buy food. Cafes have reopened and in many cases it’s possible to eat at tables inside where social distancing can be maintained.

What is the cancellation policy if I book a course now and then I am unable to attend or the school doesn’t open?

Our updated terms and conditions can be found Here.

What happens if the school must close during my course?

In the unlikely event of a Government ordered lockdown, all courses will be moved online, and you will be very welcome to stay in your accommodation and remain in Ireland or return home and continue studying from there. If you do not wish to continue your course online, you will be offered a credit note valid for one year from your last day studying with us.

Our updated terms and conditions can be found Here.

What happens if I get symptoms of Covid 19 while studying at Atlantic Language?

We are asking all our students to inform us immediately if they feel unwell or suspect they have symptoms of Covid-19, either by calling the school during opening hours or by calling the emergency number outside opening hours.

If a student or staff member appears unwell while in school, we may take their temperature using a non-contact thermometer and if we feel they are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 they will be asked to return to their accommodation. The student or staff member will be asked to request a Covid-19 test as soon as possible. We will provide assistance where needed. If the student or staff member tests positive, everyone who has been in contact with them will be informed.  We will offer our full support and assistance to any student in this situation.

You do not need to pay for a Covid-19 test in Ireland.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you are staying with a host family they will also have to self-isolate. If you are staying in an apartment anyone sharing the apartment will have to self-isolate as they will be regarded as being part of the same household.

During your period of self-isolation we will keep in regular contact with you and make sure that you have everything you need and that you are well. You can keep in contact with us by calling the school number during working hours or the emergency number outside of those hours.

If you need to consult a doctor please call Galway Bay Medical Centre (091) 530 054) We can help you with this if you need us to. Please don’t go to the Medical Centre in person; call first.

If a student tests positive for Covid-19, the student will be supported with supplementary learning materials, and will receive a credit note for the time he/she has to self-isolate until recovered.

 

  • All members of the student’s class will need to quarantine until all students have been tested. The class will move online for the duration of this quarantine period.
  • Students who test negative can return to face to face classes while students who test positive will have to self-isolate for the required period.
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Will Atlantic Language provide on-line lessons during the school closure?

Currently, Atlantic Language is offering One to One online tuition only. If Atlantic Language is forced to close due to an outbreak of Covid-19 or any other pandemic/natural disaster, group classes will immediately move to our online platform with full scheduled hours available. Atlantic Language has the capacity to make the transition online within a few hours.