Instructions for students in the corona epidemic situation

This page covers all safeguarding guidelines for Gradia's students regarding the coronavirus epidemic. The page was last updated on October 7.

Latest guidelines and instructions

Gradia and its’ educational institutions continue to keep students well informed through different information channels.

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Coronavirus infections in Gradia have increased: read the new guidelines in case of infection and exposure

The number of coronavirus infections among Gradia students in Jyväskylä has increased significantly this week. Due to the rapid increase in the number of infections, it may take longer to contact individuals who have been exposed to the virus. For this reason, Gradia and the Coronavirus Trace Team of the City of Jyväskylä have agreed on a course of action in cases of infection and exposure, which is based on infected students actively passing on information about their infection to their close friends and on to the educational institution. The aim of the model is to expedite the calming of the disease situation so that potentially exposed people are informed of the exposure faster than the official trace chain can reach them with the information and they can self-quarantine quicker.

Guidelines for students in case of infection and exposure

If you are notified of a coronavirus infection (positive test result)

1. Notify your class supervisor or principal without delay. This is voluntary and no one is obliged to provide health information.
2. To reach those exposed to the virus as quickly as possible, the City of Jyväskylä's tracking team recommends that you also report your infection to your friends and family as well as to your fellow students with whom you have been in close contact. This is also voluntary, and no one is obliged to provide health information.
3. Health authorities shall prescribe isolation, and give other guidelines, for  those who have tested positive for coronavirus. Stay home and follow their instructions.
4. Your studies will continue remotely during isolation.

If you are informed of possible exposure and have already received two coronavirus vaccines or have had the coronavirus

Gradia follows the guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Welfare, see the most up-to-date version and instructions in full on the THL website. Summary from the THL Guidelines (5.10): If the doctor for infectious diseases does not decide otherwise, you will not be quarantined in the following cases:

  • You have received two doses of the vaccine and at least one week has passed since the second dose. Two doses of vaccine protect against coronavirus and its severe forms.
  • You have previously been infected with the coronavirus and have received one dose of vaccine and it has been at least a week since your vaccination. In this situation, quarantine is not, in principle, necessary, as the combination of the previous infection and the first dose of vaccination provide the same protection as two doses of vaccine.
  • You have a medical certificate that you have been diagnosed with the coronavirus less than six months ago. According to current information, protection against the coronavirus will remain for six months after illness.
  • If you have been exposed to the coronavirus and are experiencing any symptoms, take the corona test even if you have been fully vaccinated.

Quarantine and isolation - Infectious diseases and vaccinations - THL website

If you have already received two coronavirus vaccines or have had the coronavirus and you are notified of possible exposure from a fellow student

1. Stay quarantined at home and inform your class supervisor or principal of your situation.
2. Monitor your symptoms and get a corona test without delay in accordance with the instructions of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
3. Self-quarantine ends with a negative test result. If you are asymptomatic, the test can be taken no earlier than 6 days after exposure. If you do not take the test after 6 days, the self-quarantine lasts 10 days from the moment of exposure.
4. Your studies will continue remotely during quarantine.

If have already received two coronavirus vaccines or have had the coronavirus and you become informed of possible exposure from your educational institution

1. Stay quarantined at home.
2. Monitor your symptoms and if you are symptomatic, take a test without delay.
3. Self-quarantine ends with a negative test result. If you are asymptomatic, the test can be taken no earlier than 6 days after exposure. If you do not take the test after 6 days, the self-quarantine lasts 10 days from the moment of exposure.
4. Your studies will continue remotely during quarantine.

Gradia will start the beginning of the autumn term in contact teaching

Gradia's educational institutions started the autumn term in contact teaching.

New students will be distributed masks at the beginning of autumn term.

Please remember the following safely guidelines:   

  • Come to school only when you are healthy
  • Gradia recommends the use of face masks on all campuses    
  • Keep physical distance    
  • Ensure good hand and coughing etiquette
  • If you have even the slightest symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home and book an appointment for a coronavirus test Omaolo service web page (available in Finnish, Swedish and English) or by corona helpline tel. 014 266 0133.

Mask recommendation is in effect on all campuses

Gradia recommends the use of face masks on all campuses. The starting point of the recommendation is that everyone wears a mask in all interaction situations on Gradia campuses, whether interacting with fellow students or staff, cooperation partners and when traveling for work and study, unless travel and work takes place alone.

Gradia provides masks for the staff and students. Masks and hand sanitizer are available for all students and other visitors to the campuses at all main entrances.

The mask recommendation also applies to visits to the restaurants, and the mask should only be removed for the duration of the meal.

The use of masks is strongly recommended in all shared leisure areas of the halls of residence. The use of masks reduces the risk of increased infections in the halls. In case of significant increase, the premises may have to be closed by the health authorities.

The use of masks cannot be made mandatory and they should not be used if health reasons prevent it. In this case, it is possible to use other similar protective devices, such as face visors, where possible.

The city of Jyväskylä distributes masks for residents with limited means

Mask distribution points and opening hours in Jyväskylä are:

  • Social Services Station at Hannikaisenkatu 37, open Monday to Friday 10-14.
  • Integration Services, Väinönkatu 1, Monday to Friday 10-13
  • Healthcare Centres:
    • Kyllö, Palokka and Sampoharju, on Tuesdays and on Thursdays 12–16
    • Korpilahti, Säynätsalo and Tikkakoski, on Tuesdays and on Thursdays, 14–16
  • Huhtasuo Village Office, Nevakatu 1, Monday to Thursday 9–15 and Friday 9–14 
  • The lobby in Civic Activity Centre Matara / Gloria Matarankatu 6 A, Monday to Thursday 9–16 and Friday 9–14 

The mask should not be used if it unduly impedes breathing or if other health reasons prevent you from using the mask.

Precautions in contact teaching

In contact teaching, we ensure that adequate distancing is possible and will increase the use of the facilities in the evenings if necessary. We also ensure the use of various protective equipment in teaching situations where this is necessary.

If you belong to a risk group (certificate from the attending physician or other health authority), you can discuss any arrangements related to your studies with your group supervisor.

Information on contact teaching

First and foremost, we all protect ourselves and each other by keeping physical distance. Everyone is responsible for ensuring adequate distances and to make sure that they only come to the college when they are healthy. Anyone with respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to be on Gradia’s campuses or other facilities.

If you have any symptoms, stay at home

First and foremost, we all protect ourselves and each other by keeping physical distance. Everyone is responsible for ensuring adequate distances and ensuring that they only come to the college when they are healthy. Anyone with respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to be on Gradia’s campuses or other facilities.

Visiting and getting around Gradia campuses

Unnecessary visits to Gradia premises must be avoided for the time being. All visitors to all campuses must follow the mask recommendation and adhere to the recommended safety distances.

Student services

Both the student services offices and in the admissions office are open for walk-in customers. Student welfare services are available according to the guidelines of the cities of Jyväskylä and Jämsä.

Good hand and respiratory hygiene prevent the infection from spreading 

Reducing close contacts and by ensuring good hand and coughing etiquette we can all prevent the spread of the virus.  

Wash your hands carefully with water and soap

  • every time you enter the campus premises
  • always before a meal
  • always after sneezing or coughing and
  • every time your hands are visibly dirty.   

Use disposable towels to dry your hands. If water and soap are not available, use hand-rinse or  sanitizer.   

Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue immediately in the rubbish bin. If you don’t have a tissue or paper towel, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve. Wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards. 

More information from Finnish institute for health and welfare.

Student health care

The reception for walk-ins is open from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 11 am at the Sepänkatu premises (Sepänkatu 3 B).

 In urgent matters help can also be provided by telephone 014 266 2260 from Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm and on Fridays from 8 am to 1 pm. Sick leave certificates for infectious diseases are issued only on the basis of an assessment carried out over the telephone.

Public health nurses at Gradia Jämsä can also be contacted by text message or through Wilma. Walk-in reception is open Mon – Fri 8.00 - 9.45. Possible changes are announced on the nurses’ office’s doors. The nurses offices are located at Myllymäki campus, Mediateekki, Koulutie 19, Jämsänkoski.

For more information: Student health care in Jyväskylä and student health care in Jämsä.

Do not come to the clinic if you have any, even mild, symptoms of the flu or an upset stomach. Remember to cancel your appointment. If are on work placement and you need a doctor’s certificate for illness, contact your public health nurse by phone.

Covid-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccine will give you protection against the serious coronavirus disease, and you will also help protect others. A high level of vaccination in the population is needed for trying to curb the wider transmission of the virus. Gradia recommends that students take the vaccine. 

Jyväskylä

Anyone over 12 years of age is eligible for the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19. Vaccinations are administered without an appointment at the Killeri and Kuokkala vaccination stations on weekdays at 8-15.
You can be vaccinated at the walk-in vaccination stations in Killeri and Kuokkala even if you are not registered in Jyväskylä.
Lisätietoja rokotuksesta kaupungin verkkosivuilta. More information on vaccinations on the City of Jyväskylä website. 

Jämsä

Information on vaccinations in Jämsä (Finnish only).

Student welfare services (social workers and psychologists)

The social workers or psychologists of student welfare services in Jyväskylä and Jämsä can be reached in accordance with the instructions of the cities of Jyväskylä and Jämsä.

Contact information for student welfare in Jyväskylä: Jyväskylä student welfare in upper secondary education
Contact information of Student welfare services in Jämsä:
Ms. Milja Halttunen, Psychologist
tel. +358 40 586 6278
milja.halttunen@jamsa.fi

Ms. Sanna Kytöoja, Social worker
(Vehicle Technology, ICT, Electrical Engineering, Restaurant Services, Laboratory Technology, Business and Administration, Gardening, Travel and Tourism as well as Education and Guidance)
tel. +358 40 688 2480
sanna.kytooja@jamsa.fi

Ms. Marita Aaltonen, Social Worker
(Logistics, Social and Health Care, Forestry and Preparatory Education for VET)
tel. +358 50 412 3223
marita.aaltonen@jamsa.fi

Support and online chat

The Discord discussion channel is available for Gradia students. On the channel you can talk about the current situation and the feelings it has aroused together with other students and Gradia's youth instructors and, if necessary, in private conversation. Join the channel.

Student sports

Students can use Gradia's gyms and sports facilities during supervised and guided shifts. General use of gyms and sports facilities is not allowed.

Library services

Students' services in libraries are available according opening hours. When the library is closed and you want to borrow, contact us by email kirjasto.priimus@gradia.fi, kirjasto.kukkula@gradia.fi or kirjasto.viitaniemi@gradia.fi, for advice on how to borrow a book. Books can be returned to library return boxes.

Halls of residence

The halls of residence follow Gradia's safety instructions. Resident counsellors advise students on safety-related matters and leisure activities will only be organised on a limited basis. The use of masks is strongly recommended in all shared leisure areas of the halls of residence. The use of masks reduces the risk of increased infections in the halls. In case of significant increase, the premises may have to be closed by the health authorities.

Events, visits and meetings

Unnecessary contact should be avoided. In shared facilities, the recommendations for adequate safety distances and use of masks must be followed.  

Public events (e.g. concerts, open doors) and other events involving non-Gradia students or employees (e.g. parents' evenings) may be organized as local events in accordance with the general hygiene requirements.

The spring 2021 Senior Prom cancelled due to the corona virus have been postponed to the autumn term and will take place on Friday 15 October 2021.

On-the-job learning

On-the-job learning will continue at on-the-job learning places, considering the safety instructions of both Gradia and on-the-job learning places.

Travelling

The outgoing exchange periods abroad for students have been cancelled until 30 September 2021. It is also important to exercise caution and follow government instructions when travelling for leisure. For up-to-date travel instructions, please visit the THL website.

Exchange periods can start on 1 October to the Schengen countries, if the travel recommendations and the corona situation of the different destination countries allow it.

We recommend that you also inform your group tutor of your trips abroad in order to agree on any necessary precautions. The starting point is to ensure a safe environment for all students and staff.

Insurance coverage during distance learning

Gradia has insured all students with accident insurance, which is also valid for distance learning during the coronavirus epidemic.

Gradia's insurance compensates for accidents in or related to learning activities and events.  Accidents at both the college and the distance learning site, for example at the student's home, are covered. The insurance also covers accidents during learning at a workplace, regardless of whether the damage occurs at the workplace or during distance working.  On-the-job learning tasks can be performed remotely as long as it has been agreed on in the student’s learning agreement.

Gradia's accident insurance covers only personal injuries and objects or equipment damaged directly by the event where the personal injury occurred, for example glasses that have been broken in the event of a head injury. Gradia's insurance policies do not cover other damaged property, such as mobile phones or laptops. For property damage, students may have their own personal insurance policies. 

If you suffer damage that requires compensation, act quickly and contact the student affairs assistant. Here is a link to the contact details of the student affairs offices. Make a record of the event as soon as possible: what happened, to whom, where and how. The student affairs assistant  assists in recording the data and files an accident report to the insurance company.

Spread and treatment of coronavirus

Coronavirus is a serious disease and the risk of contagion is global. More information and updated instructions from Finnish institute for health and welfare website.

Symptoms of coronavirus

Coronavirus causes a sudden respiratory infection. Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain and headache. More information on from Finnish institute for health and welfare website.

What to do in case of symptoms

If you experience any kinds of symptoms, do not attend contact teaching lessons or come to the campus.   

Symptomatic persons should contact the health care advisory  services  and get to a corona test, if the advisory services suggest to do so. If the result of the test is negative and the symptoms are mild, you can return to lessons and other activities at the campuses. Until you have received the test result, keep a safe distance from others. If the symptoms worsen or return, seek to be tested again (via health care services) and continue social distancing.   
In case the health care advisory services do not recommend a coronavirus test, you can return to classes and the campus after two days without any symptoms.  

Information on coronavirus in Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä coronavirus advisory service helps the residents of Jyväskylä, Hankasalmi and Uurainen. If you are a permanent or temporary resident in any of these municipalites and suspect to have been infected, call the Jyväskylä advisory service.

In case you are a permanent resident in any other municipality, call the health care services in your own local area. https://www.jyvaskyla.fi/terveys/korona

If you become ill during the school day  

In case you come down with symptoms at school, you should leave the premises immediately or alternatively, go to a separate space where the teacher will guide you.  
If you live in a Gradia hall of residence, stay in your room and get in touch with the resident advisor.   

Coronavirus infections in Gradia 

If a student or a staff member of Gradia gets a positive coronavirus test result, it is necessary to track and trace individuals who have been in contact with the infected.  Tracking coronavirus infections is the responsibility of a physician responsible for communicable diseases in the municipality or hospital district.  The physician may order traced persons into quarantine for 10 days. 

Individuals with coronavirus infection are not allowed to participate in contact teaching or other activities at Gradia premises for a minumum of 10 days after the first signs of symptoms. Return to contact lessons and other activities at the campuses is possible after two days of no symptoms. 

If a resident of Gradia halls of residence gets a positive coronavirus test result, the arrangements will be made in accordance with the authorities responsible for communicable diseases in the municipality or the hospital district.  
If a family member of a student or staff member is infected or is suspected to have been infected, the instructions of the health authorities should be followed.  

Updates to these guidelines

The latest guidelines and information concerning studies in Gradia will be published on this page. The Gradia educational units will inform their students via the Wilma Student Database regarding the individual colleges and groups.