COVID-19 Updates from DCAS
Easter Holidays and more COVID-19 Updates
16:00 Friday, 3rd of April 2020
Dear DCAS Students,
Thank you all for a successful first week of online classes. We are happy that so many of you are continuing to study with us through DCAS Online! We also extend a HUGE thank you to all our students who are working in essential roles to keep us safe.
Please see below for a list of important updates:
Easter Bank Holiday
There will be no online classes on Friday 10/04/2020 or Monday 13/04/2020 due to the Easter Bank Holiday.
Important Public Health Measures
As of today, important measures are in place until 13/04/2020 to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please continue to follow social distancing measures and only leave home if necessary. More information can be found here about how to protect yourself and others.
Updates from INIS/Department of Education
From INIS: ‘The Department of Justice and Equality has recently confirmed that immigration permissions which expire between 20 March and 20 May 2020 will be automatically renewed for a period of 2 months. This renewal is on the same basis as existing permissions and the same conditions will continue to apply.’
Additionally, Non-EU/EEA students are now permitted to work 40 hours a week, ‘conditional on the completion of their course online.’ This means that if you are a DCAS student attending online classes, you are eligible to work 40 hours a week during the Pandemic.
Updates from the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
As of 19th March: ‘Moratoriums on evictions and rent increases are being introduced for the duration of the Covid-19 emergency, to ensure people can stay in their homes during this period.’ This means that you cannot be evicted from your Irish home during the Pandemic. One resource to help you understand your entitlements during this time is Residential Tenancies Board, who have an online chat function to answer your questions.
Updates Regarding the DEASP Pandemic Unemployment Payment
If you were laid off and applied for the DEASP Pandemic Unemployment Payment, and you still have not received your payment, please check here for more information.
We would love to see your at-home study setups! Use the hashtag #DCASOnline to show us how you are studying English at home.
Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @dcascollege and Like us on Facebook.
Thank you again for working hard to make DCAS Online a positive and fun learning environment.
DCAS Student Support Team
DCAS is going online
15:00 Wednesday, 25th of March 2020
Despite the fact that DCAS physical campuses have been forced to close until 19th of April for now, we are delighted to announce that from Monday 30th of March, the school will re-open online to students. DCAS Online will provide distance learning and ensure that students are receiving interactive online English language lessons, similar to face-to-face classes, using Microsoft Teams for Education.
Online classes will be delivered at all levels, from Beginner to Advanced, 15 hours per week. Attendance at classes is highly recommended, as the delivery of your course will re-start on Monday the 30th of March. Although non-EEA/EU students are not required to attend classes when it comes to compliance with immigration rules, DCAS calls all students to attend classes as tuition time will be delivered and counted as part of your course time.
DCAS staff and teachers are working remotely, and will be providing full services to all students.
DEPARTMENT/STAFF E-MAIL Video/Voice/Chat
e-Reception/Administration email@example.com +353 89 952 7144 (WhatsApp)
Director of Studies firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Zoom)
ADoS & Student Welfare (AM) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Zoom)
ADoS & Student Welfare (PM) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Zoom)
Marketing/Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org +353 89 475 9934 (WhatsApp)
General Enquiries email@example.com 01 8783377
Emergency Number (out-of-hours) 087 1936500 (mobile number)
Student Orientation, Induction, and Placement Tests are taking place normally through Zoom. Our Centre Manager and our Assistant Director of Studies will be delivering those sessions remotely.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you next week online!
From Health Service Executive (HSE):
- COVID-19 translated resources
From Government of Ireland:
- COVID-19 Public Information Booklet
From Department of Education and Skills:
- Guidance for students in the English language education sector
- Statement for students in the English language education sector (in English and other foreign languages)
From Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI):
- COVID-19 Updates
From Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP):
- COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
for all students
DCAS Online Classes are confirmed for 30th of March 2020
12:00 Tuesday, 24th of March 2020
I hope that this email finds you and your loved ones well.
Firstly, I would like to ask you all to follow the HSE guidelines and advice (https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/) regarding keeping yourselves and the rest of the community safe from the Corona Virus; please stay at home as much as possible and respect the rules of physical and social distancing when you are outside. These steps will hopefully slow the spread of the infection and make it more manageable for hospitals and health workers to deal with this current crisis.
Secondly, I am writing to assure you that, despite this unprecedented situation, we at DCAS are here to help you continue in your studies and offer any other assistance that we possibly can in these challenging times. As you know, under instructions from the Irish government, and for the safety of all students and staff, we closed both school buildings, at Capel St and Foley St, on Thursday 12th of March.
This pandemic has disrupted all our lives, but we at DCAS are determined to continue running the school as near to normal as we possibly can. With this in mind, we are putting DCAS online.
DCAS Online will be fully functional from Monday 30th of March.
To participate in this virtual version of the school you will need: internet access, your smartphone/tablet/computer, your coursebook, and a notebook and pen. You will receive an email with access instructions and other details later this week.
We look forward to seeing you and your classmates again very soon.
If you have any further questions, please contact email@example.com.
Kind regards and stay safe,
Director of Studies
School Temporary Closure Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
15:00 Thursday, 12th of March 2020
Further to the statement issued on Thursday 12th March 2020 by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, all schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings should be closed from 12th March (06:00pm) until 29th March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
DCAS 1, at Capel St, and DCAS 2, at Foley St, will be closed from 06:00 pm today, Thursday 12th of March, until 29th of March 2020. We hope that this will be a temporary measure and that it will not impact too severely on your studies.
All students are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them.
In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning at DCAS, the school should be providing online resources for students and online lessons in due course, ensuring course continuity and allowing students to attend English courses online, registering new students, and fully operating online if necessary.
If you are a student, monitor your email and our social media channels regularly for updates.