Pre-Arrival Checklist & Information Page2021-09-28T09:20:24+01:00

Pre-Arrival Guide: Tasks To Complete Before Your Arrival in Dublin.

On this page you can find all the information you need for your safe arrival to Horner School. Please ensure that you complete each of the five tasks below before you arrive at Horner School of English.

  • Step 1. Read the information on how the Covid-19 virus is spread.

  • Step 2. Read the frequently asked questions below.

  • Step 4. Do the online grading test

  • Step 5. You must complete the ZOOM Video Call Interview before arrival. This is a short “one to one” online ZOOM call with our Director of  Studies, to check your spoken level. Schedule your appointment using this booking link.  We recommend that you complete this step about 2 or 3 weeks before your arrival.  

Your class level will be determined by your Online Test Result and the result of your Zoom Speaking Interview.  Once you have completed your Zoom Interview, you will receive, your class timetable and class level information by email (in the week before arrival). On arrival at the school you will receive your textbook, welcome pack (maps & information) & will be shown to your classroom. A short welcome meeting for new students will be held at 13.15 on the first day.

1. How Covid-19 is Spread

The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and talking. The droplets can also fall onto surfaces which can then become a possible source of infection.

ELE Advisory - Click Here

2. Frequently Asked Questions About Starting An English Course at Horner School.

Will all courses be available with face to face classes ?2021-09-06T13:10:30+01:00

Will all courses be available with face to face classes ?

Yes, from mid September 2021, all courses are currently available with face to face teaching.

 

Are there any changes to the timetables or lesson times during Covid 19 ?2021-08-20T10:46:49+01:00

Yes, there will be new staggered arrival times and starting times for each class. Coffee break times and departure times will also be fixed according to each class. All students will receive their individual course timetable (by email) approx. 1 week before commencement. This staggered arrival method will help to minimise congestion in entrances, staircases and corridors during the entrance and exit times. We will also be reducing all lesson hours to 45 minutes until 30th September 2021. From October 2021 all lesson hours (lesson duration) will return to 50 mins per lesson booked.

Will I be able to start my classes immediately ?2021-09-06T12:42:43+01:00

From 19 July, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel. Passengers arriving into Ireland with the Digital Covid Certificate will not need to quarantine after arrival. So in that case, you will be allowed to arrive and join the English classes immediately (without any period of quarantine).

If you are arriving from a country outside the EU, you may be required to restrict your movements for the first 5 or 14 days after arrival. This will depend on a number of factors such as, are you already vaccinated ? Or are you travelling from a country on a restricted (Emergency Brake) list ? You should check the most up to date travel requirements here: Click here for travel advice

If you are required to quarantine after arrival, it may be possible for you to attend classes using our online system (please check for online availability at your level prior to arrival).  You will have access to your classes and interact with the class teacher using the ZOOM platform. Class materials and class assignments such as homework and progress tests will be delivered to you each day using Google Classroom.  We will advise you of the arrangements for online classes as soon as you have completed the online testing procedures and allocated you to a class group. When you are no longer required to restrict your movements (after 5 days or 14 days according to the protocols), then you can come to the school and join your classes every morning.

How will the Horner School ensure the safety of students and staff at the school ?2020-08-17T15:18:46+01:00

Staff and students will be required to keep a distance of at least 1 metres and to follow hand washing and respiratory hygiene guidelines.

Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the school. All staff and students will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and throughout the day.

Social distancing of 1 meter between student desks will apply. Students will be assigned their own desk in their classroom which no other student will use. Many classes will contain 6 to 8 students only. Students will be required to wear masks or face coverings in class.

Class start and finish times will be staggered to ensure that not all students are in the common areas at the same time. Individual timetables will be sent to each student by email approx. 1 week before arrival.

Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised at the end of each day. Self-service cleaning stations will be positioned in every class to allow students and staff to clean surfaces and touch points, as they feel is necessary.

Teachers will be assigned to one class group only so as to reduce the risk of contamination .

Where possible doors and windows will be left open to maximise ventilation throughout the building and to reduce the need to touch door handles.

Reception and student services will be available on an online portal on the home page of our website, to allow our existing students to safely contact Horner School of English staff and to request documents for their stay. Use this page to ask our office staff for a Zoom Video Callback OR for a document that you urgently require (without needing to queue at reception).

Staff at the physical reception office will be located behind screens and only two students at a time can enter the Reception Desk area.

What accommodation options will be available during Covid, for new arriving students ?2021-09-06T12:38:12+01:00

What are My Accommodation Options During the Covid Pandemic?

Answer:
  1. Host Family (Arranged by Horner School)
  2. Student Residence (Arranged by Horner School)

If you do not need to quarantine after arrival, you can choose from any of the accommodation options on our website and you can start your face to face classes at the school immediately (without restricting your movements). We can offer host family accommodation with selected families and/or we can provide student residence accommodation, with single bedrooms, private bathrooms and within walking distance of the school.

If you need to quarantine after arrival, we would strongly recommend that you choose residence accommodation for at least the first 2 weeks of your stay.  You will undertake this quarantine period at the residence. The request to quarantine means avoiding contact with other people as much as possible. During home quarantine, you can only leave your home for limited reasons including: For a health or welfare emergency (getting food/medicine). To get a COVID-19 test at least 5 days after your arrival. To leave Ireland.

You can finish your home quarantine if you get a negative or not detected PCR test result at least 5 days after you arrive in Ireland.

You may be able to join your English classes online using Zoom & Google Classroom for the period of your restricted movement. (Contact us to check online availability for your level).

All accommodations are offered subject to availability, and we are happy to assist you with choosing the best accommodation according to your requirements.

What if I choose to book my own accommodation (independent from the school) ?

The school understands that some students prefer to rent their own accommodation, independently of the school.  So, if it is your intention to find your own accommodation, we would ask that you choose accommodation that meets the agreed standards to reduce transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

At all times, you must abide by the following guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  1. Please ensure that your accommodation is not overcrowded and therefore might present a danger during the pandemic.
  2. Please do not accept accommodation where you will be required to share a bedroom with more than one other person.
  3. Please ensure that your accommodation is maintained in a clean and safe condition and that all health and safety guidelines are followed

How do I know if I need to quarantine on arrival ?

From 19 July, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel. Passengers arriving into Ireland with the Digital Covid Certificate will not need to quarantine after arrival. So in that case, you can arrive and join the English classes immediately (without any period of quarantine).

If you are arriving from a country outside the EU, you may be required to restrict your movements for the first 5 or 14 days after arrival. This will depend on a number of factors such as, are you already vaccinated ? Or are you travelling from a country on a restricted (Emergency Brake) list ? You should check the most up to date travel requirements here: Click here for travel advice

If you are required to quarantine after arrival, it will be possible for you to attend classes using our online system. You will have access to your classes and interact with the class teacher using the ZOOM platform. Class materials and class assignments such as homework and progress tests will be delivered to you each day using Google Classroom. We will advise you of the arrangements for online classes as soon as you have completed the online testing procedures and allocated you to a class group. When you are no longer required to restrict your movements (after 5 days or 14 days according to the protocols), then you can come to the school and join your classes every morning.

Further detail on travel advice, can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/7894b-post-cabinet-statement-resilience-and-recovery-the-path-ahead/#international-travel 

Further detail on how to quarantine after travel can be found here: Citizens Information

How Should I Travel From Dublin Airport to My Accommodation (on arrival)2021-06-04T11:55:48+01:00

The Irish Government have recommend that all students arriving into Ireland, to study at an English Language School should reserve an Airport Pick-Up Service through their language school, rather than taking any other form of public transport service.  Horner School of English work with a professional Transfer Company to provide this door to door service following the agreed protocols to provide a safe transport service, during the Covid pandemic.

Our drivers carry ID and meet their students in the arrival hall on arrival. All drivers wear face masks for the duration of the journey from Dublin Airport to the school provided accommodation.  In addition all cars are fitted with Perspex screens to separate the front and back seats of the car. Please contact us by email if you wish to arrange this service on arrival – admin@hornerschool.ie

Are there any extra items that I should bring with me ?2020-08-17T15:16:30+01:00

Please bring enough masks or face coverings and some personal hand sanitiser. Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in Ireland, and in supermarkets and shops. You will be required to wear a face covering in class and while on the school premises.

We strongly recommend that you bring a tablet or laptop with you as we will be providing some blended courses, online social activities and online materials.

We would also recommend you pack a thermometer to be able to monitor your own body temperature each day.

And don’t forget to bring pens and paper for your own use in the classroom.

Will there be a social programme running in the school – September to December 2021 ?2021-09-06T12:32:16+01:00

We are operating a slightly reduced programme of social activities because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  As tourism begins to gradually reopen here in Ireland, we will also start to gradually return to more normal social programme operations.  Please check here for more information about our extra curricular activity programme

What happens if I get symptoms of Covid-19 during my stay ?2021-06-08T12:03:36+01:00
  1. Stay home if you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of Covid 19. Do not come to work/school until you have fully recovered.
  2. Immediately inform Horner School of the situation – use the emergency 24 hour number: +353 86 3886071
  3. Contact a GP in order to arrange a Covid-19 test. * School recommends, D2 Medical Centre Ph +353 1 6314500
  4. Self-isolate while waiting for the test and the test results.
  5. Contact Horner School again as soon as the test results have been received.

It is important to inform Horner School of your test outcome as soon as possible because further measures (contact tracing etc.) may need to be undertaken at the school, if the test result is positive.

If you experienced symptoms of Covid 19 but your doctor did not recommend a test appointment, you should stay home until you have fully recovered and please ensure have maintained a normal body temperature for at least 5 concurrent days before returning to work/school again.

You must complete another “Student Health Questionnaire” before returning to class.

Information on How to Get Tested : https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/how-to-get-tested.html

What is the cancellation policy if I am unable to attend my course due to Covid-19 ?2020-12-02T11:13:56+00:00

You may cancel your course for any reason up to 08 days before your course start date and receive either a full refund of your tuition fees or a tuition voucher, valid for 1 year.

In the event of a lock-down request from government or a whole class quarantine request from public health authorities, your classes will be moved online.

In that event, the online classes

● will be conducted using video meeting software such as ‘Zoom’.
● will follow a similar format as our normal English classes.
● will be of same total duration and lesson length.
● will be divided by level (which means you will continue studying in your level).
● will have a maximum of 15 students per class.
● will be live interactive classes, taught by the same experienced and fully qualified teachers.
● will have a collaborative and task based approach, focusing on speaking and language production, and
● will be supplemented by a Learning Management System (such as Google Classroom).

If you would like to read our FULL Terms and Conditions, please follow this link: Terms & Conditions (Horner School of English)

 

Digital Covid Certificate (Travelling to Ireland after 19th July 2021)2021-06-08T11:25:27+01:00

Covid-19 Travel Regulations For Ireland after 19th July 2021:

From 19 July, Ireland will operate the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) for travel within the EU/EEA. Passengers arriving into Ireland with the DCC will not need to quarantine after arrival. It is important to understand that your Digital Covid Certificate must certify at least one of the following:

  • You have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an EU approved vaccine)
  • You have recovered from COVID-19 (within the last 6 months)
  • You have received a negative PCR test result (test to be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival)

If you do not have a Digital Covid Certificate, then you must show a negative PCR test (test to be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival).

Children aged between 7 and 18 who have not been vaccinated must have a negative PCR test (test to be taken no more than 72 hours before arrival)

A passenger who has been in a non-EU/EEA country in the 14 days prior to arrival into Ireland will be subject to the rules applying to that country (see below).

Passengers travelling into Ireland from outside EU/EEA

From 19 July, Ireland will follow the EU approach to travel into the EU from third countries. An “emergency brake” will be applied for countries outside the European Union where there are potentially dangerous variants of concern in circulation.

Travelling from a country which is not on the EU emergency brake list:

I AM VACCINATED: If you are are already vaccinated (EU Approved), you do not need to covid test before travel or to quarantine after arrival.

I AM NOT VACCINATED: You will need to show evidence of a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and you will need to self-quarantine at your accommodation address after arrival. The period of  self quarantine can come to an end if you get a negative PCR test taken no earlier than five days after arrival.  This second PCR test is free of charge and is available at testing centers operated  Health Service Executive (HSE). The test should be booked in advance of arrival in Ireland and must be booked for a date at least 5 days after arrival. You may book a test by visiting the HSE Test Booking website.

Travelling from countries on the EU emergency brake list

I AM VACCINATED: If you are already vaccinated and arriving from a country with an emergency brake, you will need to show evidence of a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and you will be required to self-quarantine (at home), which could end if you get a negative PCR test no earlier than five days after arrival. This second PCR test is free of charge and is available at testing centers operated  Health Service Executive (HSE). The test should be booked in advance of arrival in Ireland and must be booked for a date at least 5 days after arrival. You may book a test by visiting the HSE Test Booking website.

I AM NOT VACCINATED: The rules are more strict again for those who are not vaccinated and are arriving from a country on the emergency brake list. In this instance you will be required to go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days, which could end after day 10 if you get a negative PCR test (which is arranged through the HSE).

Covid Travel Flowchart

3.  Student Health Questionnaire

Click Here for Student Health Questionnaire