Return to School Protocols COVID-19

July 13, 2020

MEI and other ELE stakeholders have published guidance on public health, social distancing and Covid-19 control measures for ELE providers.

Download here – ELE Industry of Ireland Return to School Protocols COVID-19

This document provides an overview of current guidance on public health, social distancing and Covid-19 control measures for ELT providers.

Guidance from the Government of Ireland, Health Service Executive (HSE), Health and Safety Authority (HAS) and others has been reviewed to provide options for ELT providers to consider when reopening, allowing providers to deliver ELT provision while being Covid-19 secure.

This guidance does not provide definitive guidance on when it is best for individual ELT providers to re-open. This depends on many factors, including business structure, student profile and the location and layout of premises.

As this is a highly dynamic situation which is changing frequently, providers should keep a close eye on developments. For example, it is possible that social distancing guidelines may soon be amended to reflect distancing of one metre (or 1.5 metres) rather than two. As such it is likely that there will be further versions of this document as recommendations evolve.

Applying the guidance to your context
You will need to consider the guidance below and apply it to your context. You may be a seasonal junior provider, a year-round adult provider, or you may be in the FE or HE sectors. The measures below may not be possible at your location – for example, you may not have multiple stairwells or lifts. However doing nothing is not an option.

One of the great challenges will be protecting staff and students from the risk of infection while running programmes that are financially viable. However, it remains critical that the sector provides reassurance for all stakeholders that English language teaching providers in Ireland take their responsibilities towards students, staff, and local communities extremely seriously.

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