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 continuity plans.

 

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 more information.

CIT’s Emergency Management Team continues to meet regularly to ensure its community is protected.

CIT staff can email any queries in confidence to covid19@cit.ie.

As this is an ever developing situation, we will be posting regular updates to our dedicated COVID-19 Support Portal https://covid19.cit.ie.



Our support staff will continue to work remotely and provide as much assistance as possible over the coming weeks. Please check out our portal for contact details and services available should you need them and please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.


  • All 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 (joan.murphy@cit.ie) on the basis of the hours you would normally expect to work.   All CCAD, CSM and NMCI timesheets to be sent to Des Carroll, (des.carroll@cit.ie).
  • Any 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.
  • All 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).

 

Has there been a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 among the CIT community or on campus?

  • To date (as of 19 March 2020) there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the CIT community or on our campuses.


I’ve been 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 with Covid19.
  • 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.



I’ve been 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.
  • The application of special leave with pay will apply for the number of days advised by the HSE/doctor to self-isolate.
  • Appropriate 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 paid?

  • Yes, special leave with pay is paid



Where do I find the special application form for additional special leave during Covid-19 outbreak?

  • The link for the form will be available at this location from 20th March 2020.


Will annual leave arrangements be affected?

  • Staff will only be asked to cancel leave if this is completely unavoidable to provide essential cover.





COVID-19 FAQs For Public Service Employers in relation to working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19

INCLUDING UPDATES ON CHANGES FROM THE CONTAINMENT TO

Temporary Assignments across the Civil and Public Service

in response to the challenge of COVID-19 (Issued 17 March 2020)




Will the current dates for open recruitment competition still apply?

  • Applicants 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 place.






Medical FAQ



Minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak


Keeping well
  • Keep 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.
  • Self-isolation 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 media. 
  • Some 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



What emotional supports are available for staff?
  • 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.





Where can I get medical advice?


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. 



COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.


Symptoms of coronavirus

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.


The main symptoms to look out for are:


For people who get infected with coronavirus
  • 80% will have mild illness and make a full recovery within a few weeks
  • 14% will have a more severe illness
  • 6% will have a critical illness