Information to students and guardians about the corona virus situation

Information sent to students and guardians about the corona virus situation is published also on vantaa.fi. In first hand we inform students and guardians through Wilma, Studenta or by email.

Information for guardians about the corona virus

Information to students and guardians about the corona virus situation

Information for guardians about the corona situation

At the moment, all units offering early childhood education still run as normally as possible.

We are making efforts to slow down the possible transmission of the corona virus in daycare centres, schools and educational institutions. Since the coronavirus epidemic situation in Europe and North America has been changing rapidly, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has abandoned the classification of countries and territories as epidemic areas. According to Vantaa guidelines, all personnel working in daycare centres, schools and educational institutions should stay at home for 14 days after returning from trips abroad (except Estonia). This may somewhat affect our services in the near future.

Children who have been travelling abroad should also stay at home for 14 days after returning (excluding trips to Estonia).

Early childhood education units have cancelled pre-planned outings and excursions and swimming schools for preschool groups have also been cancelled. Guardians will be informed in case of changes.

The Vantaa Communicable Diseases Control Unit may have placed some persons in quarantine, and the units follow directives from the Communicable Diseases Control Unit.

We follow closely guidelines from official authorities and will inform the guardians about any changes in our services.

Discuss the situation with your child

At the moment, the corona virus is a topic discussed by many children and teens. It would be a good idea for the parents to discuss it with their children: the child could use their own words to tell both what they know about the virus and what kinds of thoughts it awakens. Children react differently to these kinds of situations. Some show no signs of concern, whereas others might benefit from lengthier discussions. It is also perfectly ok not to want to discuss the virus. It is highly unlikely that they should fall ill, and should it happen, Finland offers high-quality health care. Let’s not forget that.

If your child is worried please tell their teacher. In case you need external support for discussions you may contact the school social worker, school nurse or psychologist at your child’s preschool or school. There are also social workers and psychologists available within early childhood education.

Additional information in Finnish can be found at:

MLL website, kuinka puhua lapsen kanssa koronasta.

Contact information for school nursers, psychologists and social workers is available on the City of Vantaa website www.vantaa.fi

Information to students and guardians about the corona virus situation

MARCH 13TH, 2020

The Vantaa Executive Board for Abnormal Conditions follows closely the assessments and recommendations of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare while taking decisions concerning Vantaa. The situation may change rapidly, which is why we update our guidelines regularly.

We want to ensure that schools operate as normally as possible while also preventing the possible spread of the corona virus in daycare centres, schools and educational institutions. According to recommendations, all children, teens and students returning from trips abroad should stay at home for 14 days after returning (except when returning from Estonia). Please follow normal procedures when submitting absence notifications and develop a study plan for the period of absence together with the teacher.

Impacts on teaching arrangements:

• After-school activities for students in grades 1 and 2 continue as per usual. We will inform you of any changes.
• No work practice programs will be offered during spring term.
• No ”camp schools” will take place during spring term.
• Swimming and inter-school tournaments will be cancelled until further notice. Club activities continue as per usual, unless the arranger cancels it.
• All other teaching arrangements will continue as normally as possible.

• Information concerning spring festivities will be published later
• Parent-teacher evenings and other such events will be cancelled arranged through remote connections.
• No Saturday co-operative events between schools and homes will take place this spring term.

Our ways of communication:

• Wilma is our primary channel.
• If Wilma is not up and running, the schools may also distribute printed information.
• We may also use the vantaa.fi website. Please follow your school’s website and social media in cases when Wilma is not in service.

In exceptional situations like this one it is important that both the schools and homes take time to discuss questions raised by children.

At the moment, the corona virus is a topic discussed by many children and teens. It would be a good idea for the parents to discuss it with their children: the child could use their own words to tell both what they know about the virus and what kinds of thoughts it awakens. Children react differently to these kinds of situations. Some show no signs of concern, whereas others might benefit from lengthier discussions. It is also perfectly ok not to want to discuss the virus. It is highly unlikely that they should fall ill, and should it happen, Finland offers high-quality health care. Let’s not forget that.

If your child is worried please tell their teacher. In case you need external support for discussions you may contact the school social worker, school nurse or psychologist at your child’s preschool or school. There are also social workers and psychologists available within early childhood education.

Contact information for school nurses, psychologists and social workers is available on the City of Vantaa website www.vantaa.fi

Published: 13.3.2020 
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