Comprehensive schools return to contact teaching on 14 May with extra space – 4,000 pupils will study in additional facilities

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2020-05-14 13:00

Children attending basic education in Espoo will return to contact teaching starting from 14 May in line with the Government’s decision. As of that date, the recommendation to arrange childcare at home for children who are attending early childhood education will no longer be in force. In order to ensure a safe learning and working environment, schools and day care centres will follow the instructions of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

The Government decided to lift the restrictions on early childhood education and schools on 29 April. Contact teaching will continue in schools on 14 May 2020. After this date, municipalities will not be able to provide distance education for pupils in basic education.

At the same time, the recommendation to arrange childcare at home for children in early childhood education ends. According to a survey conducted for guardians, some 80% of children in early childhood education will return to early childhood education.

Do not come to school or day care if you are ill

To ensure that the return to contact teaching goes as safely as possible, schools and day care centres will follow the instructions of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish National Agency for Education and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

No child or adult who has even the slightest symptoms of illness should go to school or early childhood education. If a child becomes ill during the day, they will be immediately taken to a separate room where they will wait for their guardian under the supervision of an adult.

Remember to apply for permission for absence. The process of applying and the grounds on which permissions are granted are the same as before.

Schools create solutions to offer extra space – 4,000 pupils will study in additional facilities

Some primary school pupils and about one third of the secondary school pupils, some 4,000 pupils in total, will study in facilities outside of their schools until the end of the semester. Some 2,000 pupils will study in the premises of upper secondary schools, about 850 in Omnia’s facilities and about 1,000 pupils in libraries and youth spaces. Lessons will also be held outdoors.

Schools will stagger lessons between 8:00 and 16:00 whenever possible. Breaks will also be staggered. Schools will provide more detailed information about their pupils’ schedules during the last weeks of the semester. For pupils in grades 1 and 2, schedules will remain unchanged because of their after-school activities.

Other people, besides pupils and school staff, should avoid spending time in early childhood education and school premises.

During the last weeks, schools will ensure pupils’ well-being and assess their need for support

During the last weeks of May, schools will assess the pupils’ academic progress and need for support in terms of learning and student welfare services.

“One of the particularly important tasks during the last weeks of the semester is to ensure the children’s well-being. Student welfare services will be available in early summer after the semester ends to assess the children’s need for support and to ensure that support is available,” says Harri Rinta-aho, Director of Education and Cultural Services.

A joint virtual spring celebration to be held in Espoo

Schools will not be able to hold their usual spring celebrations this year due to the current restrictions. Instead, the City of Espoo and Tapiola Sinfonietta will hold a virtual spring celebration for pupils and students. Schools may also have their own remote spring celebrations or festivities for each class, taking advantage of the content of the virtual celebration.

Each upper secondary school will decide how their graduates will receive their certificates, diplomas and awards. The joint celebration for all Espoo upper secondary schools will be held on 29 August 2020.

Espoo celebrates the end of the school year virtually