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 May 4.

Latest guidelines and instructions

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

  • Remember to also keep an eye on updates and bulletins in Wilma!

Gradia's corona guidelines follow national and regional authority recommendations and restrictions. As the infection situation changes, Gradia's guidelines may also change at short notice.  The most up-to-date guidelines for students are available on this page.  Students are also informed of any changes via Wilma messages.

Please remember the following safely guidelines  

  • Come to school only when you are healthy
  • Keep physical distance    
  • Ensure good hand and coughing etiquette
  • Get vaccinated
  • 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.

Only healthy people should enter Gradia's campuses

Right now, as the corona situation is very serious, every student needs to pay special attention to respiratory symptoms and monitor their own well-being. Even the smallest symptoms should make you stay home.

Mask recommendation has ended

Recommendation to use face masks at campuses has ended on May 3. The face mask can still be used in interaction situations at your own discretion. Masks and hand sanitizer are available for all students and other visitors to the campuses at all main entrances.

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

The student services offices are open for walk-in customers. The admissions office is available via phone and email as well via online chat. 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. 

  • The vaccine has been found to protect against serious forms of illness caused by the coronavirus.
  • Unvaccination may prevent participating in work and/or study related travel.
  • Some on-the-job learning workplaces require VET students and staff to have a valid coronavirus pass.

More information on vaccinations on the City of Jyväskylä website.
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

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

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

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, or, 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.  

Gradia follows the recommendations and guidelines of regional authorities (AVI)  for organising events.  Therefore, changes to  guidelines are possible.

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.


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

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. 

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.   

Code of conduct in the event of a coronavirus infection

If you have contracted the coronavirus (positive test result), stay at home and follow the instructions of the health authorities. Inform your group supervisor that you are absent. It is voluntary to report that you have the coronavirus infection.

After a symptomatic coronavirus infection, you must be symptom-free for at least two days before participating in any classroom teaching or other activity on Gradia premises.

In the case of an asymptomatic coronavirus infection, the student must remain in self-quarantine for five days after a positive result is obtained. After that, you may return to school or the on-the-job learning workplace.

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.  

Code of practice for in case of corona exposure

If you suspect you have been exposed to the coronavirus, follow these instructions.

If you have had 2 or 3 vaccines and are asymptomatic:
- You can go on with your life as normal.

If you have 2 or 3 vaccines and mild symptoms:
- Stay at home. If you get sick during the school day, go home immediately (do not use public transport).

If you have 2 or 3 vaccines and severe symptoms:
- Seek access to a test by contacting medical services.
- Stay at home. If you get sick during the school day, go home immediately (do not use public transport).

If you have an incomplete vaccination series or are in a high-risk group:
- Monitor your condition and get a low-threshold corona test at the first sign of symptoms.
- If you are asymptomatic, you can carry on with your life as normal.

Return to contact lessons and other activities at the campuses is possible after two days of no symptoms.

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.