Dear Parent or Guardian,

The past few months has meant we have all had to make some adjustments. In Rockwell College, the COVID response Team has worked hard to prepare for a return to boarding.

We have made many changes and prepared a Covid response plan for the whole College. In addition to this, we need an undertaking from our boarding families to minimise the risk to all. Of course, it is not possible to eliminate risk, but we aim to minimise it as much as possible. Prevention is the priority.

Measures taken in the Residence

  • COVID risk assessment carried out by our Health and Safety Consultant.
  • Boarder numbers have been limited.
  • All staff trained in Emergency First aid and infection prevention and control.
  • All staff trained in Health & Safety.
  • Overseas boarders will be COVID tested twice and quarantined for 14 days on arrival in Ireland.
  • Additional hygiene facilities – soap dispensers, hand sanitizer and signage installed.

Changes in boarding

The COVID risk assessment carried out by our Health and Safety consultant resulted in several changes to facilities and practices in boarding, including:

  • Separate entry & exit doors.
  • Assigned stairs and directional arrows for different year groups.
  • Common rooms have limited access.
  • Kitchenette is closed.
  • Boarders assigned to social pods.
  • Assigned isolation and quarantine rooms .
  • Wednesday bus to Tesco will not run, initially.
  • Weekend trips will be limited, initially.

Parents’ and Guardians’ responsibilities

  • Complete the return questionnaire on each return.
  • Check your child’s temperature before returning.
  • Ensure that your child acts responsibly when away from Rockwell College, following social distancing and respiratory etiquette guidelines.
  • Keep a contact record for your child.
  • Keep your child at home if they display any of the symptoms of Covid 19.
  • Provide your son with a supply of alcohol wipes to keep his personal belongings clean.
  • Provide your son with a supply of reusable masks, which can be laundered as normal.

Boarders’ responsibilities

  • Engage with induction on your arrival.
  • Follow HSE advice on handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Stay in the pod you are assigned.
  • Wear a face covering if you cannot maintain 2m distance.
  • Comply with all Residence staff instructions regarding COVID 19.
  • Be mindful of others.
  • Failure to comply with any of the necessary measures will be deemed a serious breach of the Code of Discipline.
  • If you are concerned, speak to the Dean on duty or the Residence Manager.

What to do if you feel unwell in the residence

  • Wash your hands and apply your mask as you have been shown.
  • Go to the Dean on duty.
  • Keep 2 metres distance.
  • Tell the Dean how you are feeling.
  • The Dean will ask you to either:
  • Return to your room or
  • Go to a room in the isolation area of the West wing.
  • Go directly there, and do not have contact or stop to talk to anyone else.
  • In your room, open your window- do not leave your room, except to use the West Wing bathroom.
  • The Dean on duty will contact the Residence manager and nurse on duty, if applicable.
  • A decision will be made on whether you will be seen by the college doctor and/or taken for a COVID 19 test.
  • You will be kept informed of what is happening, and your parent or guardian will be notified.

As the Covid-19 Pandemic is a very fluid situation with public health advice being updated regularly, our procedures will constantly be reviewed and updated, in line with HSE and DES guidelines, and health advice from our nursing staff and the College Doctor.

Facilities and procedures may change quickly. We will give as much notice as possible if any changes are to be introduced.

Kind regards,

Deirdre O’Connor

Residence Manager