The decision to have exceptional teaching arrangements in place for all pupils in certain grades at Tiistilän koulu and Mainingin koulu joint comprehensive schools was made at the Finnish Education and Early Education Committee’s extraordinary meeting on 9 September. As a result of this decision, some pupils of these joint comprehensive schools will temporarily study from home under exceptional teaching arrangements, for example using remote communication systems.
Exceptional teaching arrangements will be in place for the pupils in grades 7–10 at Tiistilän koulu joint comprehensive school until 15 September 2020 and for the pupils in grades 7–9 at Mainingin koulu joint comprehensive school until 18 September 2020. The pupils will for example use remote communication systems. The schools will send more detailed information concerning teaching arrangements to guardians through Wilma. The schools will also inform guardians about the pupils’ lunch packages.
At both schools, contact teaching will continue for pupils who need special support, pupils attending extended compulsory education or preparatory education and pupils in grades 1–6.
A total of nine individuals infected with the coronavirus have been in the premises of Tiistilän koulu and Mainingin koulu. It has been confirmed that six of the individuals became infected in a place other than school, but in three cases the source of infection may be linked to school.
The Finnish Education and Early Education Committee, in cooperation with the infectious disease authority, decided that some pupils of the schools should study under exceptional teaching arrangements. The decision is based on the temporary amendment to the Basic Education Act. Based on the amendment, it is possible for schools to switch to exceptional teaching arrangements in line with Section 20a of the Basic Education Act.
“The decision will give the pupils and staff of the schools more space and ensure that all pupils can safely continue their studies. As a general rule, teaching is still organised as contact teaching,” says Harri Rinta-aho, the City of Espoo’s Director of Education and Cultural Services.
The city will continue to monitor the situation closely. All decisions on switching to exceptional teaching arrangements are made by the Finnish Education and Early Education Committee or the Swedish Education and Cultural Committee, in cooperation with the infectious disease authority. Special teaching arrangements may still be granted, through an official decision, to individual pupils due to a quarantine order or on the basis of belonging to a risk group.