Coronavirus Q and A- Updated 25th March 2020 09:00


"College Update 25th March 09:00"

Yesterday, 24th March, the Irish government announced that school and college buildings would remain closed at least until 19th April.  We were expecting this announcement. This means that our online teaching and lecturing will continue as it is now working. Also, all of our exams for the foreseeable future will be online. Full information here.

Please monitor emails from the College and main social media channels for further updates. More information at                                     

"Will my attendance be affected, while the college is closed and I am not physically in class?"

No, you will not be marked as absent. All students will be marked as attending throughout the period of online delivery, as they are scheduled to attend their lectures online with their usual timetable.
Please note that it may take up to a week for your attendance to be updated on moodle.

"Where can I get information about the Coronavirus?"

DBS continues to monitor the situation carefully and is sending regular e-mail updates to students. You can also get full information from the HSE website.

"What happens if a DBS student or staff member is in contact with someone with Coronavirus?"

The HSE is carrying out out contact tracing of all individuals who may have come into casual or close contact with a diagnosed patient. You will only be contacted directly by the HSE if you fall into this category. You will be advised by the HSE on what actions to take. Please advise dbs-facilities If you have been contacted by the HSE.   

“What is the risk of catching Coronavirus in Ireland?”

The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate. This may change.

Follow the advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus.

" I have being advised by my GP to self-isolate, who should I inform?"

Students who have being advised to self-isolate should e-mail DBS- facilities immediately.

"Where can I find up to date information from the College?"

DBS will continue to issue updates to staff and students via e-mail and video. All updates are also published on DBS Current Students News

“I am an International Student- how do I re-register with INIS?”

All Visas which are due to expire from 20/3 to 20/5 are automatically being renewed for a period of 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach.

INIS Burgh Quay is closed to the public, until further notice. 

Full story here.

“Am I eligible for COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment?"

If you have being made unemployed or have had your hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic you may be entitled to this social welfare payment. Students are eligible, however you cannot claim this assistance if you are abroad. Please click here for full information and to check if you are eligible.

What is the risk of catching Coronavirus in Ireland?”

The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate. This may change.

"Can I travel abroad?"

All Irish residents are advised against all non-essential travel overseas at this time until 29th March. Non-essential travel means those who don't need to go overseas but choose to do so.

“I have recently returned from travelling abroad- what should I do?”

Updated 16 March 2020 19:28: All persons, including Irish residents, entering the country from overseas, should restrict movements for 14 days if asymptomatic (showing no symptoms). You will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

"I have come into contact with someone with Coronavirus, what do I do?"

In the normal course, if someone is tested positive in Ireland, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) traces the contacts of the infected person. If you have not being contacted by the HSE, and have being in contact with someone who has being diagnosed with Coronavirus, please do the following:
  • Self isolate for 2 weeks, and if you develop any symptoms, call a local doctor and talk to them about your symptoms. They will advise if you need a test. 

  • Camden Medical Ph: 01 4536636
  • Aungier Street Medical Centre Ph: 01 4005708
Please be sure to maintain good personal hygiene where you are living with others, and to maintain social distance.   There are very important to slow the spread of the virus.

It is important to remember that according to the HSE, "The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate."

"Can I use public transport?"

It is safe to use public transport. If this situation changes DBS will notify students immediately. Please also watch for public announcements. 

  “Who is at risk of developing severe illness?”

While there is more to learn about how the coronavirus affects people, thus far, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more at risk of developing severe disease.

“How can I minimise the spread of the virus?”

In order to minimise the spread of the coronavirus you should remember the importance of good personal hygiene. Remember to regularly wash your hands and, if you cough or sneeze, please use a tissue. Observing this advice about coughing and sneezing etiquette is particularly important in preventing the spread of any respiratory illness, even the common cold.

“Will exams proceed in April?"

It is now being confirmed that all exams in the current semester are being run online and will replace the exams scheduled for exam halls.   This applies to exams taking place during the remainder of March the beginning of April  and for the summer exam period which is mid-April to mid-May.   

Each of the classes having an exam in March will receive a separate communication before that exam is scheduled.  Students with exams starting in mid-April will receive more specific details early next week.

This clarity around exams will allow international students to plan whether to stay in Ireland or return home.   International students whose taught modules are coming to an end may now choose to return home in the knowledge that they can complete their exams online.

For clarity, international students who started in January 2020 whose course continues after the April/May exam period are advised to remain in Ireland to continue their studies, because once the coronavirus has passed teaching will return to the classroom. 

For Study Abroad students, assessment will be earlier than this and information will be communicated separately and directly to these students.

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