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 January 7.

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

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Studies in Jyväskylä will be organised mostly remotely until the end of February

Gradia has made the decision that both Gradia Jyväskylä and Gradia Upper Secondary Schools will, as a rule, be in distance education until the end of February 2021. In Gradia Jämsä, teaching continues for the time being with a hybrid model of alternating distance and contact teaching.

The decision is based on the distance learning recommendation by the City of Jyväskylä for January and February to upper secondary schools and higher education.  Gradia Jyväskylä and Gradia General Upper Secondary Schools have mainly been operating remotely since 30 November 2020.

Necessary contact teaching will be arranged for general upper secondary school students and double qualification students participating matriculation examinations in the spring term.

All contact teaching follows Gradia's coronavirus safety guidelines. A strong mask recommendation is in effect, and Gradia will distribute five reusable fabric masks per person to all its initial VET (perustutkinto), general upper secondary, adult primary education as well as Valma (preparatory VET) students and staff. In this situation, Gradia will provide special support to those students whose progress has been made more difficult due to these exceptional teaching arrangements.

There will be no penkkarit event in February. The senior dance and its’ rehearsals will be postponed to a later time  in the spring. The time will be announced during January.

Gradia's teaching arrangements are implemented in such a way that the progress of studies and the graduation of students are ensured as effectively as possible. The necessary practical teaching, competence demonstrations, exams and graduation ceremonies will be arranged as planned. Classes or other learning activities for learners in need of special support may continue on campus when deemed necessary. As a result, some students will keep participating in learning related activities on campus while the majority will continue their studies remotely.  Contact teaching and guidance are arranged in small groups, taking into account safety and hygiene aspects. The use of masks is also advised.

Start of the spring term

The spring term will start at Gradia Jyväskylä and Gradia Upper Secondary Schools as well as Gradia Jämsä 7 January and at Jyväskylä Upper Secondary School for Adults 11 January. The students will get further instructions from teachers as well as group tutors.

Gradia's mask recommendation has been tightened

The starting point for Gradia's mask recommendation is that everyone wears masks in all interaction situations on Gradia campuses, while interacting with students, staff or customers, as well as when traveling to and from the workplace or college, unless one travels and works alone.

Gradia distributes masks to the staff. For students and customers, masks are given free of charge in specific teaching and customer service situations requiring physical closeness (e.g. garment fittings, massage, hairdressing services, laboratory work or driving instruction) and where the use of masks is mandatory. In other situations, students are primarily responsible for acquiring their masks themselves.  

Wearing a mask is a responsible civic duty in the current coronavirus situation. The mask should not be used if it unduly impedes breathing or if other health reasons prevent the use of the mask. In this case, other similar protective devices, such as face visors, shall be used as much as possible.

The mask recommendation is valid until 28 February 2021.

Reusable masks will be distributed to students in January

Gradia will distribute five pieces of reusable fabric masks to its staff and all students in initial vocational education (perustutkinto), general upper secondary education, primary education for adults and in preparatory education. This is intended to further promote and enhance the use of masks on Gradia campuses and during leisure time. The students will be given the masks in January at the first school day in contact learning.

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:
    • City Centre, Kuokkala, 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

In contact teaching, we ensure that adequate distancing is possible and if necessary, will also use the facilities in the evenings. If needed, we will also make provisions for other kinds of necessary safeguarding such as use of PPE (personal protective equipment) in teaching situations. If you are a member of a risk group (stated by your own doctor or another health service authority with an official certificate), you can discuss possible individual arrangements with your group tutor.

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.

Student services

As a rule, all services in both the student services offices and in the admissions office are carried out online, but face-to-face meetings can be provided by separate arrangement. Limited use of libraries, halls of residence and youth services is possible. 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 

The coronavirus spreads primarily by droplets.

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

Student health care services are available in accordance with the guidelines of the cities of Jyväskylä and Jämsä.
Contact 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.

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 Mondays from 2 pm to 4 pm and on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 5 pm. 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

Guided leisure activities such as sports groups and gym shifts are not arranged on Gradia campuses.

Meal services for distance learners

Food distribution will be arranged on 16 December for those students who are entitled to free school meal. Distribution will take place outside on Viitaniemi campus. You can register for food distribution with the survey sent as a Wilma message.
Student restaurants are closed or open only on a limited basis.

Library services

Students' services in libraries are limited.

In libraries, only half of the library's client computers are in use at the same time to maintain safe distances. It is recommended to keep the visit to the library as short as possible. Books should be returned to library return boxes.

Use of the library facilities during the classes will be arranged by the teacher in question with the library staff and carried out only in small groups. If necessary, staff can limit the number of visitors in the library.

Books can also be borrowed remotely. When you want to borrow, but the librarian is not in the library, 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.

Halls of residence

The halls of residence operate in accordance with Gradia's safety instructions. Resident advisors help students on safety-related matters. The leisure activities of halls of residence are organised only on a limited basis.

Events, visits and meetings

Gradia does not organise meetings or events for more than 20 people, instead they will be carried out online or in small groups until the end of the spring term. In teaching or any related situations, the maximum number of participants is 50. In shared facilities, the recommendations for adequate safety distances and use of masks must be followed.   

Meetings or conferences for the guardians of both vocational and general upper secondary students will be arranged remotely, unless there are particularly weighty grounds for meeting on campus.

Travelling

The outgoing exchange periods abroad for students have been cancelled until the end of the year. 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.

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.