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 19 October.

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 continues partial remote studies for the rest of the year 

Studies during the second teaching period, until 2 December 2020 will be arranged with up to 75% of students participating in contact teaching simultaneously in all Gradia institutes, both general upper secondary and vocational.

While distance education and other diverse teaching methods will enable higher levels of safeguarding,  contact lessons and other learning activities will ensure the progress of students' studies, graduation and offer better access to necessary supportive services.  Safety issues have been considered in all planning for the autumn semester.  Alongside increased contact teaching, we continue to use a wide range of distance learning methods to keep the number of students on campuses moderate. We pay close attention especially to situations where congestion can arise. 

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. 

The City of Jyväskylä has made a recommendation on extensive use of face masks in public spaces

City of Jyväskylä has issued a statement on the situation in Jyväskylä, recommending extensive mask use for residents over 15 years of age until 31 October. In Jyväskylä, coronavirus infections have been found to be in an accelerated phase, and the city recommends that residents wear face masks in upper secondary and higher education institutions and public indoor areas, where close contacts cannot be avoided.  

As this is a recommendation, the purchase and costs of masks at upper secondary level are primarily borne by the students themselves. 

Gradia requires the use of masks in some teaching and customer service situations 

Gradia requires that students, staff and customers use masks and, if necessary, other safety equipment in teaching and customer service situations where safety cannot otherwise be ensured.   

Such situations include close contacts lasting more than 15 minutes, where the distance is less than 1–2 meters indoors (e.g. fitting the garment for the customer, massage, hairdressing service, laboratory work or driving instruction). For more information about such situations, contact your teacher or group instructor. 

In these situations, the use of masks is required at all Gradia locations and masks will be made available to students, staff and customers.   

Students and staff are recommended to wear masks in Jyväskylä in accordance with the city's recommendation 

In general, Gradia recommends that students and staff wear masks in accordance with the recommendation of the City of Jyväskylä, both at Gradia campuses in Jyväskylä and in other public venues, including public transport until 31 October or as long as the recommendation issued by the city or other authorities continues. 

This is a recommendation, but it is a form of civic duty for everyone to curb the spread of the disease.  Gradia students are recommended to purchase masks for their own use in accordance with the general recommendation. The city of Jyväskylä distributes masks for residents with limited means.  

The mask should not be used if it unduly impedes breathing or if there are other health reasons preventing from their use. 

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 school when they are healthy. Anyone with respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to be on Gradia’s campuses or other facilities. 

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 services

Visiting the admission services and student affairs offices is possible again from 10 August on.

Student health services

Student health services in Jyväskylä are available by appointment, only. Contact information:

Student health services in Jämsä are available by appointment. Moreover, the student nurses can be consulted in the mornings at 9 to 10 from Monday to Friday, as usual. Contact information:

Please, do not enter the appointment even with slight symptoms of flu or an upset stomach! Remember to cancel your appointment. In case you need a certificate for sick leave to be shown at your work placement, please, contact the student nurse by phone. 

Student welfare services (social workers and psychologists)

The student social workers and psychologists in Jyväskylä and Jämsä can be contacted by phone from Monday to Friday in order to book a personal appointment. Please, do not enter the appointment even with any slight symptoms of flu or an upset stomach! Remember to cancel your appointment.

Contact information of Student welfare services in Jyväskylä:

Contact information of Student welfare services in Jämsä:

Ms. Milja Halttunen, Student psychologist
from Monday to Thursday at 8 to 16
tel. +358 40 586 6278

Ms. Sanna Kytöoja, Student social worker
(educational fields of Vehicle Technology, ICT, Electrical Engineering, Restaurant Services, Laboratory Technology, Business and Administration, Gardening, Travel and Tourism as well as Education and Guidance)
from Tuesday to Friday at 8 to 16
tel. +358 40 688 2480

Ms. Marita Aaltonen, Student social worker
(educational fields of Logistics, Social and Health Care, Forestry and Valma – Preparatory Education for VET)
from Monday to Thursday at 8 to 16
tel. +358 50 412 3223

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.

Sports facilities

Gradia sports facilities and gyms are closed during the summer.

Student canteens

Mealtimes continue to be are staggered and students have the right to have lunch at the campus on the contact teaching days. 

Lunch service for students learning remotely at Harju and Jämsä campuses  

Gradia offers students participating in distance learning the possibility to have lunch during extra lunch shifts from 21 September 2020. This possibility is available in Jyväskylä at Harju campus in the student restaurant Lounastuuli Mon-Fri 15.00-16.30 and at Jämsä student restaurant Kahveli, twice a day Mon-Fri 12.30-13.00 and Mon-Thu 14.45-16.30. It is not possible for students participating in distance learning to have lunch in any other Gradia student restaurant. However, those studying remotely are welcome to take part in the breakfast service (porridge) offered at all Gradia student restaurants on weekdays from 07:30 to 8:15.  

Library services

Library services will open on 10 August. Library opening hours:

  • Viitaniemi and Priimus: Mon–Thu 9–11 and 12–15, Fri 9–11
  • Harju: Mon–Thu 9–12 and 13–15, Fri 9–12

To maintain safe distances, only half of the client computers in the library can be used at the same time. Even if the libraries are open, please take care of your business there as quickly as possible. When returning loaned books, use the 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.

Residence halls

Tenant selections for residence halls have been made. Rooms are allocated according to normal practice.  The occupants will be given more detailed instructions about safeguarding practices. We will continue organising leisure activities at the residence halls/ dorms but on a limited basis. Events for more than 50 people will not be organised, and leisure facilities will remain closed until the end of September.


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.

New students starting in August

Separate guidelines (in Finnish) have been published for new students starting their studies in August

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:

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:

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.   

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.