Distance learning no longer organised in the capital region

Published: 26.1.2022 11.00

The capital region municipalities have decided to stop organising distance learning because the infectious disease authorities, as a rule, no longer issue isolation decisions based on which distance learning decisions concerning individual pupils are made. Absences related to the coronavirus will be handled by schools in accordance with their normal practices concerning absences.

Decisions on distance learning may still be made, if necessary, if a pupil or their family member belongs to a risk group and in a situation where the city’s infectious disease doctor has made a decision on placing a pupil in isolation. Exceptional teaching arrangements may still be used in basic education if it is necessary for an entire class or classes to switch to distance learning. 

If a pupil has symptoms or if their home test result is positive but they are able to do schoolwork, the school will decide how the pupil’s work at home is guided and supported during this period. The school will mainly be in contact with the pupil through Wilma and may, for example, give assignments to do at home. The school is responsible for giving assignments and related guidance to the pupil. Teachers may, within their competences, make various pedagogically justified decisions concerning the guidance of the pupil. 

Absences due to illness are reported on Wilma under “Notify absence”. Applications for longer periods of absence due to illness or for absences for other reasons are submitted on Wilma under “Applications and decisions”. The school does not require medical certificates. 

When returning to school, pupils have the right to remedial teaching, if necessary. 

Pupils have the right to contact the school’s pupil welfare staff during their absence. In this case, they can contact the staff by phone or email. 

Instructions for people infected with or exposed to coronavirus on the city’s website  

The City of Espoo’s instructions for people infected with or exposed to the coronavirus can be found on the city’s website

An asymptomatic child or young person who has not tested positive can go to school. If they later develop symptoms, they cannot attend contact teaching and must voluntarily avoid contact with people outside their home for at least five days. 

Five days is now the minimum isolation period for anyone who falls ill. This minimum period of five (5) days includes two (2) symptom-free days. These guidelines apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated children and young people. 

  • Covid
  • Growth and Learning
  • Basic Education