What should staff do now the Institute has closed?
The Government announced that from 6pm March 12th until March 29th inclusive all schools and higher education
institutions should close, and institutions should make other arrangements for
teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business
In line with this
directive, the Institute campus closed for this period from 6pm on March 12th and currently remains closed. The
safety and welfare of our students and staff is paramount.
Online teaching and learning will be provided for staff and
students from Monday 23rd March and critical services will be
maintained during this period.
CIT staff are expected to work remotely to the
maximum extent possible during this period, in line with the Government advice
issued. Please agree your remote working arrangements with your relevant line
management. View CIT’s guide
to remote working for
Emergency Management Team continues to meet regularly to ensure its community
can email any queries in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
this is an ever developing situation, we will be posting regular updates to our
dedicated COVID-19 Support Portal https://covid19.cit.ie.
staff will continue to be paid. Salaried staff will receive their pay as
normal. Hourly paid staff should submit their timesheets weekly in arrears by
email to Joan Murphy in HR (email@example.com) on the basis of the hours
you would normally expect to work. All
CCAD, CSM and NMCI timesheets to be sent to Des Carroll, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
annual leave booked for the dates from Friday 13th March to Tuesday 17th
(inclusive) will be cancelled and re-allocated. Any annual leave booked from
Wednesday 18th March may be cancelled by staff if they wish.
other forms of leave including sick leave, maternity and parental leave will
continue. However, specific arrangements for any staff diagnosed with COVID19
will apply as per government guidelines (please see below re special leave).
there been a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 among the CIT community or on
- To date (as
of 19 March 2020) there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the CIT
community or on our campuses.
diagnosed with COVID-19, how will my time off work be recorded?
- Staff who are medically diagnosed
with COVID-19 will be placed on special leave with pay and this
period will not count as part of your sick leave record. Please
notify your Head of Department or your line manager if you have been diagnosed
- The application of special leave
with pay will apply for the number of days advised by the HSE/doctor.
- Appropriate medical confirmation
of a diagnosis of COVID-19 will be required. This will be recorded as ‘CV19
special leave with pay’ with HR for reporting purposes.
advised to self isolate, how will my time off work be recorded?
- Staff who
are medically advised to self-isolate will be placed on special leave with payand this period
will not count as part of your sick leave record. Please notify your Head of Department or your
line manager if you have been contacted by the HSE to self-isolate.
application of special leave with pay will apply for the number of days advised
by the HSE/doctor to self-isolate.
medical confirmation of the need to self-isolate will be required. This will be
recorded as ‘CV19 special leave with pay’ with HR for reporting purposes.
Will I be
special leave with pay is paid
do I find the special application form for additional special leave during
- The link for the form will be available at this location from 20th March 2020.
annual leave arrangements be affected?
- Staff will
only be asked to cancel leave if this is completely unavoidable to provide
COVID-19 FAQs For Public Service
Employers in relation to working arrangements and leave associated with
DELAY PHASE (Updated 13 March
- FAQs Public Service Employees work arrangements for leave associated with Covid 19 updated 13 March 2020.pdf
Temporary Assignments across the
Civil and Public Service
current dates for open recruitment competition still apply?
should continue to apply for open recruitment competitions until the advertised
closing date and time. Selection committee members will continue to be
granted access to application forms once the closing date has passed. No interviews will be scheduled
for the present time. No new recruitment will take
your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
yourself mobile by getting up and moving around as much as possible. If you
have a garden or backyard go out and get some fresh air, but as per the advice,
keep more than 1 metre away from other people.
can be boring or frustrating. It may affect your mood and feelings. You may
feel low, worried or have problems sleeping.
- You may
find it helps to stay in touch with friends or relatives by phone or on social
helpful advice is available on the official HSE website. https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
- The Cork Institute of Technology
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available at this time. The EAP is
a confidential employee support service designed to support employees resolve
personal or work related concerns, through telephone support, specialist
information and telephone or face to face counselling.
- The EAP is provided by Inspire
Wellbeing, who are an independent company, and is available to all Cork
Institute of Technology employees. You can contact the EAP through a
designated 24/7 Freephone helpline on 1800 817 435 to access support.
can I get medical advice?
- CIT staff should contact their GP for health advice. You
may have general questions on a health issue and we will do our best to advise
- Refer to HSE website which is updated regularly https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
What do I do if I think
I have been in contact with COVID-19
- If you
develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and phone
your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess
you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for coronavirus, they
will arrange a test. The people in your
household need to restrict their movements.
is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus
take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.
- a cough -
this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath
- breathing difficulties
- fever (high temperature - 38
degrees Celsius or above) or
- 80% will have mild illness and
make a full recovery within a few weeks
- 14% will have a more severe
- 6% will have a critical illness