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Re-openingFET

Induction for FET Students

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This is a self-directed induction for FET Students to support the safe re-opening of our centres of further education and training.You should spend a minimum of 30 minutes reviewing the material.Hover over the 'click' icon in the '1,2,3' image to find out how to navigate this course.

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Welcome

Returning to your FET Centre

Your Responsibilities

Links to Support

Covid-19 Pandemic

Practice Good Hygiene

Your Wellbeing

Covid-19 HSE

PPE, Air Con & Travel

Contacts

Sign Presentation

Symptoms & What to do

These are some contact numbers and links to websites you may find useful –🔴 In cases of emergency call 9991800 666 111 Garda Confidential LineCitizens InformationAlcoholics Anonymous IrelandAl-Anon Information Service IrelandMABS Money Advice and Budgeting ServiceAware Irelandfor Adults experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder.Pieta House- suicide bereavement, self-harm prevention.Spunout National Youth Organisation - empowering people to make change.Jigsaw National Centre for Youth Mental Health.Grow Support and education around emotional and mental well-being.The Halo Project 045 87 2500 – Free specialised counselling for young people and families dealing with substance abuse in Kildare / Wicklow.The SamaritansConsole - Specialise in suicide bereavement counselling 1800 201 890Kildare Youth Servicesfor 11 – 25 year olds. FREE counselling service / donations based locations in LEIXLIP / NEWBRIDGE / NAAS / CELBRIDGE and KILDARE TOWN 045856968Womens Aid Support service 1800 341 900Homeless Person Service If you are already getting rent supplement and are at risk of losing your home 9am - 9pm Mon – Fri 1800 724 724HSE Helpline Confidential free phone service specialising in drug / alcohol addiction - 1800 459 459

from the Director of Further Education and Training

Welcome...

COVID-19 Pandemic

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Covid-19 Background

What isCovid-19?

COVID-19 has implications for all colleges and centres as it can present a health risk to staff and other students. We have a responsibility to work together to make our colleges and centres safer for all.

WWETB wants to protect all our students and staff and has put measures in place to support a safe return to our centres of education and training.

How doesCovid-19 spread?

🦠The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has evolved rapidly, and the Department of Health is leading the Government response in Ireland to this national public health emergency and it, along with the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC), is providing up to date information and advice on its website.🦠Exposure to COVID-19 is a public health risk which affects all citizens, particularly those most vulnerable in our society.🦠The reopening of the economy goes hand-in-hand with the provision of public health measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.🦠Managing the risk of spread in centres of education is important in relation to the health of students and staff but is also as part of general efforts to control the spread and protect the most vulnerable.🦠The protocol in this 'Return to FET - Induction' describes the measures required to be put in place by employers and adhered to by staff and students to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in our FET centres.

🦠 The virus that causes COVID-19 disease is spread from people in fluid and in droplets scattered from the nose or mouth of an infected person when the person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.🦠 The fluid or droplets land on objects and surfaces around the infected person.🦠 Other people contaminate their hands by touching these objects or surfaces and then bring the virus into contact with their eyes, nose or mouth by touching them with their contaminated hands.🦠 COVID-19 can also spread if droplets from an infected person land directly on the mucous membranes of the eye, nose or mouth of a person standing close to them.📺 Watch this video showing spread of Coronavirus using mousetraps and ping pongs! 👇

🦠Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and, in some cases, can be fatal. It can take anything from 2 days up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.🦠Common symptoms of coronavirus include:a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above).a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.shortness of breath or breathing difficultiesLoss of smell and taste🦠Some people infected with the virus, so called asymptomatic cases, have experienced no symptoms at all.📚Symptoms of Coronavirus - HSE

Watch this video for advice on how to recognise symptoms of COVID-19 or coronavirus andfind out what to do if you have the symptoms.Self-isolate to protect others and call your doctor.

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Getting Back to yourFET Centre

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Returning to your FET Centre Safely

COVID-19 has implications for all centres as it can present a health risk to staff and other students. We have a responsibility to work together to make our colleges and centres safer for all.

WWETB wants to protect all our students and staff and has put measures in place to support a safe return to our colleges and centres of education and training.

At Risk / VulnerablePeople

In response to the government’s Roadmap for Re-opening Society and Business, The Chief Executive established a Covid-19 Workplace Safety Response Team to oversee the re-opening of our FET Centres safely.The Team were responsible for putting in measures (physical and advices) to reduce the risks of staff or students contacting Covid-19 in our centres. Part of the work of the team was the production of this induction to support students who are transitioning back or starting in our FET Centres and to ensure good compliance with government guidelines and advice.At all times we will be reviewing and monitoring our plans so please give feedback on how we can continue to improve our FET Centres.

If you are at risk or vulnerable person, please contact your Programme Coordinator/Principal to make sure that you are preferentially supported to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres.However, WWETB will continue to enable and support vulnerable students from home or at suitable alternative locations where possible.📚 HSE Guidance ➡ People at higher risk from Coronavirus📢 Contact your Programme Coordinator/ Principal immediately if you have any concerns or queries.

In order to return or start in one of our FET Centres the following must be followed:✅ You will receive instructions from your Programme Coordinator which you should follow.✅ Complete this Induction programme.✅ Have viewed, read and understood the induction and the local guidelines explained by your Programme Coordinator.✅ You must inform your Coordinator/Principal if there are any other circumstances relating to COVID-19, which may need to be disclosed to allow for your safe return/entry to our FET Centres.✅ If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, before during or after your attendance in the centre you must self-isolate at home and contact your GP promptly for further advice. You should also advise your Programme Coordinator/Principal as soon as possible.

Practice GoodHygiene

Hand Hygiene

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Respiratory Hygiene

COVID-19 has implications for all centres as it can present a health risk to staff and other students. We have a responsibility to work together to make our centres safer for all.

WWETB wants to protect all our students and staff and has put measures in place to support a safe return to our centres of education and training.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is recommended to reduce the spread of infection in our FET Centres.The current recommended distance at the time of publishing is to be maintained between people to minimise risk of transmission is 2 metres.WWETB will be implementing and following the Government recommendation on safe distances. We require students to comply with the safe distancing and we encourage students to support each other and to remind each other if lapses occur.✅ Remember to physically distance when speaking to your Teacher/Tutor✅WWETB Promotes and Encourages Social Distancing✅We ask all students to take personalresponsibility to ensure they physically distance.

Regular hand washing with soap and water is most effective for the removal of COVID-19.At a minimum you should ensure that:You are familiar with and follow hand hygiene guidance and advice.Immediately on entering a WWETB FET Centre you wash your hands thoroughly. You wash your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub regularly while in the building.Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose during your time in the building.You do not share objects that touch their mouth, for example, bottles or cups.You should always use your own pen.Keep to your own workspace and equipment at all times.If for any reason you require alternative hand sanitiser, you will need to provide your own.Always wash your hands, when:🎯 Before you leave home🎯 Before and after eating and preparing food🎯 After coughing or sneezing🎯 After using the toilet🎯 Before smoking or vaping🎯 Where hands are dirty🎯 Before and after wearing gloves🎯 Before and after being on public transport🎯 Before leaving home🎯 When arriving/leaving the workplace/other sites🎯 When exchanging documents🎯 After changing tasks🎯 After touching potentially contaminated surfaces🎯 If in contact with someone displaying any COVID-19 symptoms📢 We ask all students to take personal responsibility to ensure they are familiar with and follow hand hygiene guidance.📺 the video below - The HSE guidelines on Handwashing:Wet your hands with warm water and apply soap. Rub your hands together until the soap forms a lather. Rub the top of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails. Do this for about 20 seconds. Rinse your hands under running water. Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel.

Physical distancing is recommended to reduce the spread of infection in our FET Centres.The current recommended distance at the time of publishing is to be maintained between people to minimise risk of transmission is 2 metres.KWETB will be implementing and following the Government recommendation on safe distances. We require students to comply with the safe distancing and we encourage students to support each other and to remind each other if lapses occur.✅ Remember to physically distance when speaking to your Teacher/Tutor ✅KWETB Promotes and Encourages Social Distancing📢 We ask all students to take personal responsibility to ensure they physically distance.

To protect everyone, we all should adopt good respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.This includes:✅ Covering nose/mouth with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing, or sneezing✅ If sneezing into a flexed elbow, sneeze into your non-dominate arm✅ Disposing of tissue in the nearest bin after use✅ Performing hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub after contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects/materials✅ Keeping hands away from mucous membranes of the eyes and nose.✅ Clean down any areas that you may have contaminated whilst sneezing or coughing.📢 We ask all students to take personal responsibility to ensure they are familiar with and follow this respiratory hygiene guidance.

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PPE

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Air Con

COVID-19 has implications for all centres as it can present a health risk to staff and other students. We have a responsibility to work together to make our centres safer for all.

WWETB wants to protect all our students and staff and has put measures in place to support a safe return to our centres of education and training.

Travel

The primary control adopted by WWETB is Social Distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene. This is in line with Government health advices.Gloves are generally not required for infection prevention and control purposes.Gloves are not a replacement to handwashing, follow hand hygiene guidelines contained within.You will be advisedif, when and where it is appropriate to wear Face Masks dependent on the FET Centre you are in. Follow guidelines on safe use of masks if wearing them.If using public transport or car sharing you are obliged to use face masks whilst travelling to reduce the risk of infecting yourself and others in the centre.All Cleaning Staff are provided with: PPE Gloves and additional guidance on safe cleaning methodologies.📚When to use face coverings and how to make them from Gov.ie

Travel for PleasureStudents are advised that should they travel for leisure against Government Advice that they should notify their Programme Coordinator for advice PRIOR to returning to the FET Centre.

Switching off air conditioning is not required to manage the risk of COVID-19.Air conditioning is not generally considered as contributing significantly to the spread of COVID-19.For rooms without air conditioning adequate ventilation is encouraged, for example, by opening windows where feasible.✅ Please try to open windows and keep doors open to ensure good ventilation at all times.

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Your Learning Space

Your Role

COVID-19 has implications for all centres as it can present a health risk to staff and other students. We have a responsibility to work together to make our colleges and centres safer for all.

WWETB wants to protect all our students and staff and has put measures in place to support a safe return to our colleges and centres of education and training.

Your Wellbeing

Cleaning of learning/study area should be conducted at regular intervals.Your Programme Coordinator/Principal will ensure that regular cleaning is scheduled in FET Centres, however, we all have a responsibility to maintain a clean and safe learning environment.You can help us by ensuring that you;✅ Maintain good hand hygiene during your time in the FET Centre. Use the hand sanitisation stations regularly and wash your hands with soap frequently.✅ Wipe down your workspace/desk/chair etc. before and after your use. Materials will be supplied.✅ Wipe down any frequently touched areas that you will come in contact with.

Returning to education and training as an adult is not just about gaining skills - it’s a time of significant change, both exciting and sometimes very challenging. It’s a time of new opportunities, new friendships and social networks and a time of personal re- evaluation. However, it can also be a time of pressure. It’s important that as a student you look after your mental health and well-being.🗣 Some centres may have resource tutors or counsellors on staff. Check it out with your Co-ordinator.💡 Helpful tips:🟢 Share - don’t keep your anxieties bottled up. Talk to friends, family, your tutor or your GP.🟢 Work/ life balance - make sure you make space to chill out and take regular breaks from study.🟢 Physical well-being - take regular exercise, make sure you eat properly and get sufficient sleep.🟢 Drink responsibly.🟢 Don’t compare yourself to others on the course. You are unique and on your own individual journey.Your Tutors and Co-ordinators are experienced professionals who can offer you initial advice and support to help with many of the issues you may encounter on your course.The guidance counsellor for your centre will also have ideas and strategies to help you cope with the demands of studying. You may also find yourself being referred to another agency better placed to deal with more general issues in your life.The Government’s “In This Together Campaign” also provides information on minding one’s mental health as well as tips on staying active and connected and may be useful:📚 In This Together - Gov.ieThese are some contact numbers and links to websites you may find useful –🔴 In cases of emergency call 9991800 666 111 Garda Confidential LineCitizens InformationAlcoholics Anonymous IrelandAl-Anon Information Service IrelandMABS Money Advice and Budgeting ServiceAware Irelandfor Adults experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder.Pieta House- suicide bereavement, self-harm prevention.Spunout National Youth Organisation - empowering people to make change.Jigsaw National Centre for Youth Mental Health.Grow Support and education around emotional and mental well-being.The SamaritansConsole - Specialise in suicide bereavement counselling 1800 201 890Womens Aid Support service 1800 341 900Homeless Person Service If you are already getting rent supplement and are at risk of losing your home 9am - 9pm Mon – Fri 1800 724 724HSE Helpline Confidential free phone service specialising in drug / alcohol addiction - 1800 459 459

You should follow the public health and WWETB advice and guidance at all times.✅ You should also adopt good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing, respiratory etiquette and physical distancing to protect yourself, staff and other students against infection.✅You should clean your workspaceat least twice a day.✅You should seek professional healthcare advice, ideally from your GP, immediately if you are unwell.✅If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend the centre under any circumstance.✅The key to effective implementation of the infection prevention and control is having a strong communication and shared collaborative approach between everyone in the centre. We are all responsible in law for a safe workplace.✅It’s about safety for everyone - your safety and everyone else.✅Give constructive feedback to support a safer environment for all.

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Lead Contact

COVID-19 has implications for all centres as it can present a health risk to staff and other students. We have a responsibility to work together to make our colleges and centres safer for all.

WWETB wants to protect all our students and staff and has put measures in place to support a safe return to our colleges and centres of education and training.

Visitors

WWETB are required to keep a contact log of all in our FET Centres every day.A Contact log will be maintained of all students who enter FET locations everyday.This is to support quick and efficient contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.WWETB are required to be able to produce this contact log on demand, at any time, to the HSE.📢 Students should ensure there is good communication with their Programme Coordinator so that contact logs can be maintained and be up to date.

There must be managed entry for all visitors to WWETB FET Centres.Visitors will be expected to have appointments made in advance and will be required to wear PPE (Facemasks) these will be provided in reception areas. Visitors will only be agreed to where absolutely necessary.A log of all visitors will be maintained, in line with GDPR, to ensure information for contact tracing.A cleaning regime will be implemented to ensure that contact points are kept cleaned.

Where possible every FET Centre will have a lead Worker Representative to ensure that Covid-19 Government advice and control measures are in place and being adhered to.

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WWETB strongly encourages all students to download the COVID App launched by the HSE - This will help us protect other students, staff, our families and communities.

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Keeping up to date!

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✅ KWETB Covid-19 Response Group will continue to meet and issue communications to all staff on a regular basis whilst the pandemic is under government advices. These updates will be communicated to students via Programme Coordinators and Teachers/Tutors.✅ KWETB will endeavour to have a key lead contact in each location to whom you can link in with to make observations and feedback information on Covid-19 controls - you can also feedback to your Programme Coordinator. The name of this staff member will be displayed on notice boards in your centre.✅ The CE of KWETB will continue to communicate with staff during the control period, key messages will be passed onto students.✅ Please ensure to feedback to your Programme Coordinator/ Teachers/ Tutors on how you are doing in the centre on your return.

📢 Communicate with your Programme Coordinator/Principal and Teachers/Tutors to keep up to date with what is happening in your centre.

Having viewed this presentation please confirm with your tutor that you understand theCovid 19 Induction Presentation.Your tutor will record this on the class register.

Wishing you all the best with your return or new start in one of our FET Colleges or Centres - We are looking forward to seeing you .

This presentation was made possible with the assistance of Kildare and Wicklow ETB