COVID-19: Ongoing Safety Measures
St. Angela’s College is committed to providing students with the full college experience in the coming year. We will be following the Safe Return to on-site Further and Higher Education and Research document issued by Minister Simon Harris to assist us in our current and future planning.
For your safety and the safety of others, we encourage all our student to consider taking the opportunities available to them to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This will greatly assist us with our return to campus plan and will help to ensure a safe environment for all.
We are looking forward to the campus returning to its engaging educational community once again this September with on-site learning and research as well as the other activities that contribute to a positive College student experience, including events organised by our Students’ Union
Our planning and rollout of on-site learning will be on an incremental basis. The safety of our students, staff the wider community of Sligo are paramount, and we will we continue to adhere to all public health guidelines as well as advice from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research and Science.
What you can expect in Semester 1 of 2021-2022:
Students can expect a hybrid model of remote (online) and on-site learning. The amount of on-site learning will vary across courses particularly at the start of the academic year and will increase incrementally throughout the semester.
Please note, in September you will not be on-site every day, but you will have some on-site experience each week. When not required on-site, your learning will be delivered remotely (online).
Our plan is for on-site attendance to increase incrementally and therefore safely from September to November with the plan for 100% attendance on-site in line with Public Health advice from October 22nd 2021 onwards.
On-site activities include:
- Practical classes /Laboratory teaching and learning
- Classroom based teaching and learning
- Smaller lectures
- Students’ Union area
The Library, Canteen, and Students’ Union area will all be open when you return in September and will operate in line with prevailing general public health advice for those activities.
Quality Student Experience for Those at High-risk
We are planning to provide students identified as high-risk where vaccination is medically contraindicated with a quality learning experience. This may result in their learning being delivered remotely (online) with provisions made as necessary to apply for a deferral of practical learning to another time.
The College has in place a contingency plan for a more restricted learning environment that we may need to implement if there is a deterioration in the public health environment during Semester 1.
We are very aware that the pandemic has been very tough for some students, and we will have in place supports to assist you, such as counselling, student assistance fund, etc. All of which are available through our Student Services
Our Student Services will also be available to provide support to students who may become symptomatic and require COVID testing.
Please check your College emails regularly for alerts and updates as we continue to live with COVID-19.