Parental Information

Antigen Testing

What is antigen testing?

A nasal and/or throat swab sample is taken by our appointed healthcare professional and analysed using a point-of-care kit, the sample does not need to go to a lab. Results are available within 20 minutes and communicated directly to the parent of the student Although Antigen Tests are not quite as sensitive as PCR tests in early infection, they offer immediate results.  An antigen test is also called a rapid antigen diagnostic test (RADT).

Why are we doing antigen testing?

As per our Covid Risk Assessment this is one of the measures that we are taking to try and protect our customers and staff and minimise the spread Covid-19.

All students will have an antigen test on their arrival to UISCE.  If a student tests positive, then they will be required to self-isolate and be excluded from the course.

What happens if my child has a negative test result?

If your childs’ test result is negative, that means that the Covid-19 virus wasn’t detected in their nasal/throat swap sample and they are able to participate in Campa UISCE.

What happens if my child has a positive test result?

This means that the Covid-19 virus was detected in the sample provided.  In the event of a positive result, a second antigen test will be carried out, the students’ parents will be informed, and consent sought for a subsequent PCR test.  After a second positive result on antigen testing your child will be brought to a room where they can self-isolate and will require collecting from site as soon as possible as they will be excluded from participating in Campa UISCE.  In this case you will receive a full refund of your course fee.

What happens if my child is a close contact of someone who tests positive?

As per HSE guidelines on close contacts, if you're a close contact of a person that tests positive for Covid-19 (coronavirus) and you are not fully vaccinated you need to get tested for Covid-19 and restrict your movements/stay at home for 14 days.  This means that your child will be brought to a room where they can self-isolate, until their parent can collect them to bring them home as your child will not be able to participate in Campaí UISCE.  In this case you will receive a full refund of your course fee.

Covid 19 Risk Assessment and Control Measures

Introduction

With all our policies below, we are adhering to the most up to date guidelines and best practices as they become available from all relevant governing bodies including but not limited to Government, Fáilte Ireland, Department of Education, Sport Ireland, HSE, the Irish Sailing Association

While we will do all that we can to maintain social distancing during the courses, there is an understanding that all students must assume personal responsibility to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Please note that If your child has an underlying health condition or is vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19 then we recommend that you do not book them on a Campaí UISCE course.

A GP Assessment form and/or indemnity may be required in this instance.

As UISCE is the only Irish Sailing Association approved activity centre ‘as Gaeilge’ we are in close contact with this governing body and we receive all current relevant updates on the sporting activities we offer in relation to Covid-19 best practice.

This is a working document and will be subject to review and change as more information becomes available.

Prior to commencement of course
  • We have appointed a Covid-19 to ensure that all staff and students are adhering to the policies and procedures in place.
  • A Covid-19 response plan, including a response team, are in place should there be a suspected and/or confirmed case.
  • Parents must accept the terms and conditions online as well as complete a Covid-19 self-declaration to be accepted onto a course.
  • All customers will be emailed a digital copy of our Campaí UISCE rules & regulations along with any other information required for your booking.
  • If your child is feeling at all unwell or has been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19 or has had Covid-19 in the last 14 days, then we please ask you to refrain from attending Campaí UISCE. A declaration form must be completed 3-5 days before the start of the course with Covid-19 related questions.
  • All staff will receive Covid-19 training before students arrive on site.  Our policies will be constantly reviewed and updated as new guidelines become available and additional training will take place when required. This will include personal Covid-19 safety for staff and guests.
  • All activities will be set up to minimise contact between staff and groups, any interactions will be minimal, and our staff will have face coverings, which they will put on before coming within the 2m social distance. There is a joint understanding that everyone must play their part to help abide by these procedures.
  • Cleaning and hygiene procedures have been updated and all very high traffic areas will be cleaned regularly and frequent disinfection of activity equipment between sessions will be maintained.
  • We have updated our First Aid procedures to adhere to the latest HSE, Irish Sailing and Irish Surfing guidelines.
Foireann UISCE
  • All staff have undergone Covid-19 training prior to return to work.
  • All staff will be temperature checked before the start of their shift.
  • Staff have received updated First Aid training including the correct use of PPE and techniques related to Covid-19. All First Aid kits will include additional PPE such as masks, gloves, disinfectant, safety goggles and Ball Valve Masks.
  • Staff will also have been trained up and practiced in the updated Covid-19 policies for instructing.
  • Hand washing stations will be provided throughout the centre and at other high traffic areas sanitiser will be available.
  • Staff are instructed not to shake hands with any guests and to maintain a 2m distance unless they need to approach a student for a safety issue.
  • If they do have to approach a student, staff will wear PPE with strict adherence to their correct use.
Arrival Night
  • Arrival time for students travelling by car is strictly from 3pm to 4pm.
  • All students will undergo an antigen test on arrival.  To facilitate this parents must drop their children off at the centre no later than 4pm.  The test result will be available within 30 mins.  Parents\Guardians are requested to remain onsite or in the vicinity until the test result is available
  • Parents are not permitted in the building when dropping off their child and must maintain social distancing whilst in the car park.
  • Induction training will take place after dinner
  • All students who wish to attend Campaí UISCE must be present for the antigen test.
During the Course
  • Students will be assigned a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet on arrival and keep them for the duration of the course. .
  • All students will be required to wash their hands upon arrival and at various times during their stay to ensure good hygiene safety.
  • Hand sanitiser will be readily available for the students use throughout the centre and Campaí UISCE grounds including the start and end of each activity.
  • Temperature checks for staff will take place before their work shift to ensure maximum safety for both students and staff.
Do not attend or visit the centre
  • If you currently have Covid-19 or if you have been displaying symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
  • If you live in the same household or have been in close contact with someone who has displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days If you have been advised to self-isolate at this time.
  • If you have an underlying health condition or are vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19.
Communal Areas
  • Thorough and frequent cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces and touch points will be carried out regularly.
  • The top 10 high touch areas throughout the centres including light switches and door handles will receive extra disinfection throughout the day.
  • We have rearranged furniture and seating throughout communal areas in order ensure social distancing.
  • Hand sanitiser will be readily available in all communal areas of the centre including the activity rooms.
  • Signage will remain in place throughout our centre to remind our students and staff to maintain proper social distancing and practice frequent handwashing and hand sanitation.
  • Doorways will be left open where possible to reduce contact.
Changing Facilities
  • Students will receive their class timetable on the first night during the induction and will know exactly when to be prepared for the various activities offered.
  • For water activities students are advised to come ready to go as much as possible from their rooms and will remain in their pods for changing into wetsuits.
  • Students are to use their own shower in their bedrooms at the end of the day. Students must clean hands before and after every meal and activity and/or use hand sanitiser.
  • If you wish to bring your own wetsuit, a full-length wetsuit with a minimum of 3mm thickness will be required
Accommodation
  • Our accommodation policy is based upon guidelines from Fáilte Ireland, the HSE and the WHO.
  •  We encourage students to attend in groups of threes or fours so that they can share with their friends as a family unit, Students travelling on their own will also be accommodated.
  • Comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting of all students' bedrooms and bathrooms will be insured prior to their arrival.
  • Extra attention will be given to all touch points throughout the rooms.
  • Non-essential items have been removed from our bedrooms so we can ensure the highest levels of cleanliness.
  • All our linens will be handled with extreme care to prevent potential contamination.
Dining
  • We are following latest operational guidelines from Fáilte Ireland, which will be regularly updated in line with Government public health advice as and when this advice evolves. The principles in these guidelines are underpinned by advice made available from the HSA, HSE, FSAI, WHO and other relevant bodies.
  • Our dining hall will be laid out to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • All foods will be served from behind a Perspex shield.
  • Condiments will be given upon request from behind the Perspex shield.
  • Students must bring their own water bottle.
  • There will be assigned eating areas for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Supper
Covid 19 Response Plan (Suspected case of COVID-19)
  • We have developed a COVID-19 response plan following the guidelines of the HSE, Department of Education and Fáilte Ireland. All our staff are trained in the correct procedure for dealing with a suspected case.
  • If anyone on the UISCE site is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, a member of staff will bring them to one of our self-isolation rooms following strict social distancing and wearing PPE, and our COVID-19 Compliance Officer will be contacted immediately.
  • The COVID-19 Compliance officer will record all symptoms and consult the local GP for directions.
  • The parents of any child displaying symptoms will be contacted as soon as possible.

1) If your child is displaying symptoms:

  • We will contact you immediately after they have been brought to a self-isolation room.
  • We will contact our local GP and inform them of the symptoms and follow their advice.
  • If the GP decides that your child is a suspect case of COVID-19 you must come to UISCE and bring your child home as soon as possible so that they can self-isolate.
  • While waiting for your arrival, we will regularly check in on your child to ensure their comfort and check on their symptoms.
  • Your child will have a phone available to them at all times in self-isolation so that they may contact you or our staff at any time.

NB: This is a working document and will be subject to review and change as more information becomes available from the HSE and the Dept of Education.

Induction Training

A parent/guardian must go through induction training with their child before attending a Campaí UISCE course. The induction will cover the following 4 areas:

  1. Hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene
  2. Social Distancing
  3. Who to talk to go to if you feel unwell or anxious
  4. Code of Behaviour, Rules, Anti Bullying policy and Disciplinary Procedure

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child attend Campaí UISCE if he/she has a medical condition? 

If your child's medical condition falls into either the very high risk (also called extremely vulnerable) or high-risk group as defined by the HSE, we are recommending that they do not attend Campaí UISCE, however, they may attend if our assessment form is completed by their GP and has been signed off to attend Campai UISCE
For the HSE definition of these groups and advice please go to:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/people-at-higher-risk.html

What is meant by very high risk and high risk? 

The HSE has defined medical conditions which fall into very high risk and high-risk categories on their website at the following link:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/people-at-higher-risk.html

Can my child attend if he/she has asthma? 

Based on the current information from the HSE website, asthma is listed under the high-risk group.

We are recommending that children with asthma do not attend Campaí UISCE, however, they may attend if our assessment form is completed by their GP and / or our indemnity form is completed and has been signed off to attend Campai UISCE. We will be continually monitoring the HSE website for guidance on this issue.

Why is UISCE not recommending anybody who is defined as being in the high risk from coronavirus group attend a Campaí UISCE course? 

The HSE recommends that those in the high-risk group follow the advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus:

…You should:

  • keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people
  • avoid communal sleeping areas
  • avoid any crowded places
  • not shake hands or make close contact with other people, if possible…

 

For full details of the HSE advice to those in the high-risk group please go to the following link:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself-and-others.html 

Given the structure of Campaí UISCE and our decision to use a ‘Pod’ system, it would be extremely difficult to abide by all these guidelines for those in the high-risk group. We believe that it is imperative to the safety of children who fall into this group that we do not expose them to unnecessary risk by allowing them to attend a Campaí UISCE course.

Why is UISCE not recommending anybody who is defined as being in the very high risk from coronavirus group attend a Campaí UISCE course? 

The HSE recommends that those in the very high-risk group should cocoon:

…Stay at home as much as possible…

…Wear a face covering when you meet with anyone indoors - ask them to also wear a face covering, if they cannot maintain a 2 metre distance…

…Do not attend gatherings where you can't keep 2 metres apart from other people…

…Ideally, choose a small social group and try to limit your meetings to these same 6 people. This will help to reduce your risk of getting coronavirus…

For full details of the HSE advice to those in the very high-risk group please go to the following link:

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/cocooning.html

Given the structure of Campaí UISCE and our decision to use a ‘Pod’ system, it would be extremely difficult to abide by all of these guidelines for those in the very high-risk group. We believe that it is imperative to the safety of children who fall into this group that we do not expose them to unnecessary risk by allowing them to attend a Campaí UISCE course.

What are the travel arrangements for Campaí UISCE?

Given the current Covid 19 situation, it is recommended that parents drop off and pick up their children at UISCE.

It is also recommended that groups of friends co-ordinate their travel arrangements between each other to economise on journeys.  As friends will be grouped together in accommodation during the course, sharing a car should not be a problem.

For those students and parents who are not able to organise drop off or pick up by car, public transport is available from the East and the South to Ballina bus station. Details of connecting buses and trains to Ballina can be found on the relevant websites.

Subject to demand and viability, UISCE will arrange a coach to and from Ballina at an estimated cost of 40-euro return (20-euro one-way).  This coach will leave Ballina at 15:30 on the arrival day and arrive in Ballina at 11:15 on the departure day, to allow for connection with Bus Éireann buses from/to Dublin and Galway.

 

What are the accommodation arrangements during Campaí UISCE? 

All housing is on site.  We are following the Fáilte Ireland guidelines for reopening hostels.  We have signed up to and are compliant with the Fáilte Ireland Safety Charter. This is designed to give comfort and reassurance to customers that recommended safety and cleaning guidelines are being adhered to and that staff members have completed essential hygiene and safety control training.  We encourage students to attend in groups of threes or fours so that they can share with their friends, students travelling on their own can also be accommodated.

What happens if there is a suspected case of COVID-19 during a Campaí UISCE course? 

We have developed a COVID-19 response plan following the guidelines of the HSE, Department of Education and Fáilte Ireland. All our staff are trained in the correct procedure for dealing with a suspected case.

  • If anyone on the UISCE site is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, a member of staff will bring them to one of our self-isolation rooms following strict social distancing and wearing PPE, and our COVID-19 Compliance Officer will be contacted immediately.
  • The COVID-19 Compliance officer will record all symptoms and consult the local GP for directions.
  • The parents of any child displaying symptoms will be contacted as soon as possible.

1) If your child is displaying symptoms: 

  • We will contact you immediately after they have been brought to a self-isolation room
  • We will contact our local GP and inform them of the symptoms and follow their advice
  • If the GP decides that your child is a suspect case of COVID-19 you must come to UISCE and bring your child home as soon as possible
  • While waiting for your arrival, we will regularly check in on your child to ensure their comfort and check on their symptoms
  • Your child will have a phone available to them at all times in self-isolation so that they may contact you or our staff at any time
Can I take my child out to stay overnight and return them to UISCE the next day? 

This is not possible due to the possibility of a student picking up the virus and taking it back to the college.

Can my child attend Campaí UISCE if he/she has traveled to a country on the ‘green list’?

The current advice from the HSE and the Government is as follows:

 ‘do not travel overseas for non-essential purposes’

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html

As the progress of the re-opening of the country pandemic is uncertain, the guidelines are likely to change at any time and with little notice. UISCE will update our policies with respect to the guidelines as they are published.”

 

Academically my son’s Irish improved tremendously and he found the sporting experiences both challenging and rewarding

Clare Fallon, Gaillimh