COVID 19 Policy

Pre Arrival Information

Please ensure that you read through all information provided below, prior to arrival. If you have any questions, just ask us.

1.       Read the Public Health Information on Covid-19

2.       Read the frequently asked questions below.

3.       Answer the “Student Health Questionnaire” below. This will need to be filled every Monday morning

4.       Do the online test before arrival.

5.       You must complete the ZOOM Video Call Interview/What’s App before arrival. This is a short “one to one” interview with Gina, to check your spoken level. We will arrange this around one week before your arrival.  Your class level will be determined by the results of your online written test and oral test
Once we have determined your level, we will issue you with your class timetable and teachers name.  You will receive your books on your first day at school

Covid FAQ’s

Are you open and accepting new students?

Yes, we are open and accepting new students, who are staying a minimum of five weeks plus. If you are coming from a country on the green list, you can commence classes immediately.  Any new students, not on the green list who are arriving must adhere to the self-isolation guidelines in place.  The current self-isolation period is 10 days.  We organise your own apartment to self-isolate in during this time.

Are the classes’ face to face teaching?

Yes, our courses are face to face teaching. We are offering 15 hours of contact English face to face per week

If you have booked one to one tuition with your course, i.e.  The one to one classes will be online (blended courses). Blended courses involve a combination of face to face classes (morning lessons) in combination with one to one online teaching taking place in the afternoons.

The following courses have an element of blended delivery (i.e. 15 contact hours of face to face plus 5 hours of one to one tuition online):

Exam Intensive – 15 contact hours face to face + 5 contact hours online
Bespoke Business – 15 contact hours face to face + 5 contact hours online
Combination Programme 15 contact hours face to face + 5 contact hours online
Blended delivery courses consist of morning face to face classes taken at DELS in combination with ONLINE afternoon classes where your teacher will be teaching using ZOOM & Google Classroom.

How is DELS ensuring student and staff safety?

Staff and student safety is of the utmost importance to us.  Below are a list of the measures put in place

All students must sanitise their hands on entry to the building.  There are hand sanitisers located throughout the building.

Staff and students are required to keep a distance of at least 1 metres and to follow hand washing and respiratory hygiene guidelines.

Class times and breaks are staggered to ensure that there is no cross over with students or staff from other classes

Classes and staff are assigned their own toilets to ensure that there is no cross over

There is social distancing of 1 meter between student desks. Students are 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.

Classrooms are cleaned and sanitised at the end of each day. Self-service cleaning stations are positioned in every class to allow students and staff to clean surfaces and touch points, as they feel is necessary

Teachers are assigned to one class group only so as to reduce the risk of contamination.

Where possible doors and windows are left open to maximise ventilation throughout the building and to reduce the need to touch door handles.

For anyone wishing to speak to the office, we ask students to email in advance to arrange an appointment.  There is also a screen between the student and the reception staff

All students must fill in a student health questionnaire before arrival and every Monday morning thereafter during their studies.  You can find the health questionnaire here

What are your accommodation options during Covid?

If you are arriving from a country on the Green List, you can choose to stay in host family or residential accommodation.

If you are arriving to Ireland from outside the Green List, we organise your own apartment during your stay.   The apartment has all mod cons and WIFI.   You are to restrict your movements on arrival for 10 days

Further detail on the Green List can be found here

Further detail on how to restrict your movements can be found here

Are there any extra items that I should bring with me?

Please bring plenty of face masks and hand sanitiser. Face masks are mandatory on public transport in Ireland, in supermarkets and shops. You must also wear a face mask in class and while on the school premises.

Please also bring a tablet or laptop with you as we will be providing some online social activities and online materials through google classrooms

Please bring pens and a notebook for classroom

Please also bring a thermometer and some medication should your get a temperature and or cough

Do you have a social activity programme running though Covid?

We have a programme offering outdoor and online activities.  Activities will include a range of outdoor activities including cycling, walks, fitness, yoga etc.  Online activities will include baking, quizzes and online classes covering everything from Irish History, Exam preparation to Irish Slang.

What happens if I get Covid?

If you have a temperature and or a cough please do not come to school.  Please follow the following steps:

  • Inform the school
  • Call the doctor immediately and ask for a COVID 19 Test – the consultation and test are free.
  • Inform the school of when you have your test
  • Text your test results to Gina when you receive them – 0876008205.  It is vital that we get the results as we will have to contact trace if your result is positive. During this time, you can attend online classes.

When you get your results:

  • If your result is negative, please only return to school when you are more than 2 days free of the temperature or cough
  • If your test result is positive, please self-isolate for at least 2 weeks.  Do not return to class until you are symptom free.
  • If you are living with someone who is being tested or has a positive test result, please follow the steps above.

You will be asked to complete the health questionnaire before re-entry to school

Please click on the link for Information on how to get tested

What is the cancellation policy if I cannot attend classes due to Covid 19?

(Booked September 2020 – February 2021)

You can cancel your course for any reason up to 14 days before your course start date and receive either a full refund of your tuition fees or a tuition voucher, valid for 1 year.

In the event of that we move to level 4/5 or a whole class quarantine request from public health authorities, your classes will be moved online.

You can read our full terms and conditions here