Emerald’s COVID Policy for Return of Students

Emerald Cultural Institute is proud to announce that we are reopening our doors! Here is some information about the safety measures we will have in place to ensure the safety of our staff and students:

When is Emerald re-opening for students?

We will be reopening for classes in our Palmerston Park centre on the 31/08/2020. This date is subject to government and Public Health guidelines and recommendations. The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our main priority and we have put the following steps and measures in place to manage the risk of infection and facilitate a safe return to the school and classroom.


Return to the School and use of Common Areas

Staff and students will be required to maintain the recommended social distance at all times. Class and break times will be staggered to minimize contact on entry, exit, corridor, stairs and in common areas. A one-way system will be clearly signed for entry and exit of students and staff. Only one class can use the stairs at any one time, while maintaining social distancing. Floor markings will be used to ensure social distance in areas where queues will form or to maintain spacing in classrooms. Cleaning of the school will be increased and in particular will focus on regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, desks, door handles and countertops. Hand sanitizers will be provided around the school and signage will reinforce the importance of hand cleaning and coughing/ sneezing protocols. Staff and students will be required to sanitize their hands on arrival and to continue to sanitize at regular intervals throughout the day. We require that students bring face coverings. These should be worn in class and in common areas throughout the school. Weather permitting, you will be encouraged to take your break in our spacious garden, where social distancing rules will still apply.


Return to the Classroom

Level testing will be done prior to the arrival of the student. The written test will be done online and the speaking test will be done via zoom with a member of the Academic team. Students will be assigned their own desk for the duration of their course. Stations will be provided in each classroom including hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial cleaning products to allow students to clean their desk or chairs. Classes will be assigned a room, which will not change. Rooms will be large enough to accommodate all students and their teacher while maintaining the recommended social distancing. Classes will be assigned one teacher for their morning lessons. Classes will also be organised to minimise the number of students and staff you have contact with, creating class bubbles where possible. To facilitate this and in line with current Department of Education guidelines, all afternoon lessons will be delivered in virtual format. All supplementary material, such as handouts, will be provided digitally on our Emerald learn platform. Classrooms will be ventilated as much as possible.


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