City of Jyväskylä, Director of Education, Culture and Sports Mr Eino Leisimo, phone +358 14 266 4033
As recommended by the government, families are advised to care for their children at home, if possible. However, early childhood education will continue be arranged in all day care centres of the City of Jyväskylä.
If a child stays at home, the family will receive compensation for all those days for which it has made an advance notification to the day care centre that the child will be absent. It is important to inform the day care centre if the child will stay at home. The notifications are made via the TietoEdu system.
Pre-primary education for six-year-olds will continue to be arranged in those locations where it has normally been provided. In this way children can continue to go to the day care centre or school that is familiar to them. Open early childhood education services will be closed down as of 18 March.
Children go to their normal schools
Children in grades 1-3 whose parents work in areas providing vital services will continue to go to their normal neighbourhood schools, at least at this intial stage. A list of the occupations that are considered vital will be provided on Tuesday 17 March.
Children with special needs
Children with special needs will be provided with classroom instruction. At least for the time being, the instruction will be arranged at the old neighbourhood schools. Again, however, families are advised to care for their children at home, if possible as recommended by the government.
Before- and after-school activities (Jälkkäri)
The same principles apply to before- and after-school activities (Jälkkäri) as to basic education. Thus, children whose parents work in areas providing vital services and children with special needs can still participate in before- and after-school activities at their old schools.
Small groups, later perhaps new arrangements
At this stage, the idea is that the groups are to be kept small and that services will continue to be provided at several schools and day care centres around the city, rather than centralising all services in one location. Later, however, new arrangements may be needed in day care, pre-primary education and basic education. Families will be infomed about these arrangments via the Wilma and TietoEdu systems.
Schools inform about their teaching arrangements via the Wilma web system
From 18 March, the majority of students will be studying at home. Instructions on how classes and groups will transfer to distant learning will be provided via the Wilma service. This will keep parents informed about their children’s learning arrangements. Smaller children will understandably need more parental guidance, but also parents of older children should discuss school assignments and instructions with their children every day.
In practice, the instruction will consist of reading text books, doing assignments and online learning. The methods and tools may vary from one class and group to another.