The school year in the basic education schools of the City of Jyväskylä starts on Wednesday, August 12. A good 12,500 pupils will return from summer vacation back to schools for contact instruction. The first two schooldays have been reserved at schools for learning and training the “new normal” practices and for grouping.

For more information: 
Sami Lahti, Service Director of the Basic Education, tel. 014 266 4985 
Tuija Rasinen, Service Director of the Basic Education, tel. 014 266 4984 

Many of the practices became already familiar in May upon the return to school for a few weeks after a long period of distance learning.
The teachers will review the general guidelines and the practices tailored for their respective schools on Monday and Tuesday already during their own training days. This will enable for pupils and staff to return to schoolwork with everybody’s safety in mind.

The updated instructions issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture and by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) have been acknowledged in planning the start of the new school year. These have been adapted to suit the everyday practices of each school. Caregivers will be directly informed in more detail on school practices with Wilma messages.   
The City of Jyväskylä and its basic education services monitor eventual new nationwide guidelines on a daily basis and school guidelines and practices will be updated according to the situation in case of need. The coronavirus information and guidelines have been collected on the website linked to the instructions of basic education. 

Only come to school if you are healthy 

If a pupil or an adult has symptoms that indicate a sickness, s/he must not come to school. If a pupil is taken ill during a school day, s/he is immediately removed into a separate space with an adult to wait for a caretaker to take him/her home.

The participation of children belonging to a risk group in contact instruction will be assessed separately with an attending physician, after which the arrangements regarding their teaching will be separately agreed upon with the school.   

Teaching will be arranged as normally as possible with good hygiene and safety distances in mind

The schools will arrange teaching in accordance with the normal distribution of lesson hours and work plan. Unnecessary close contacts between groups will be avoided. The aim is to maintain the teaching groups of grades 1 to 6 as their own groups and to keep them separate from each other as far as possible. The teaching groups can, however, be mixed ones when appropriate in teaching artistic, practical, and optional subjects for example. The pupils of grades 7 to 9 of basic education will study according to the usual timetable. Going to recess and meals will take place gradually on a group-by-group basis. School transports will be arranged in the normal way in adhering to general rules of hygiene. 
In accordance with current guidelines, no camp schools will still be organized and there will be no participation in international exchange programmes. Other visits are also limited to a minimum. These may, however, be made if necessary for teaching. The arrangements for school children’s Introduction to Working Life periods may nevertheless be started with safety aspects in mind.

Circulation in school premises of people from outside everyday school activities will remain subject to limitations and remote meetings with parents will be encouraged. If meetings with parents or other meetings such as PTA evenings are organized, the hygiene and safe distance practices of the school must be adhered to.

Investing in the roll-out of new practices 

At schools, children are guided to observe good hygiene practices. Washing hands and the proper coughing technique are intensively brought back to mind at the very start of the term. Good hygiene is maintained by means of intensified hand-washing and guiding children to cough in a sleeve or in a disposable handkerchief. The first school days will also include discussing experiences gained during the corona period in the spring and summer with pupils. Cleaning of school facilities and teaching aids will be enhanced. 

The Jälkkäri after school activity will start normally in all locations, and the practices in force during the corona epidemic period will be observed in it in accordance with everyday school procedures.