Bulletin: Updated instructions for attending early childhood education and school, as well as studying during the COVID-19 pandemic as of November 19, 2022.

Infectious diseases authorities have updated the COVID-19 instructions, and the up-to-date instructions have been collected in this bulletin as regards early childhood education, basic education, and upper secondary education.

You may only come to early childhood education, school, and educational institution when you are healthy and have no symptoms. Schoolchildren in grades 3-9 are recommended to wear a face mask at school, whereas all students in educational institutions are recommended to wear a face mask. Early childhood education and basic education employees, as well as employees in educational institutions are obliged to wear a face mask. In addition, schools and educational institutions must observe other COVID-19 instructions.

Early childhood education

If a family member of a child in early childhood education has been confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 test result, the child in question is, as a precaution, recommended—compliant with the National Institute for Health and Welfare's (THL) instructions—to stay at home for five (5) days. Because an official decision on this precaution will no longer be made by an infectious diseases authority, the guardian is not entitled to infectious disease allowance. In other words, families can use their own discretion to decide whether isolation of a child without symptoms is advisable and whether it can be arranged.

It is important that the guardians wear a face mask when bringing the children to and fetching them from early childhood education or school.
If your child falls ill with a disease caused by COVID-19, inform the daycare-center director about the infection. The daycare-center director will inform the guardians of the other children in the group about the exposure.

Students in basic education

If a family member of a child in basic education has been confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 test result, the child in question is, as a precaution, recommended—compliant with the THL's instructions—to stay at home for five (5) days. The family can, however, use its own discretion to decide whether isolation of a child without symptoms is advisable. Nevertheless, a student without symptoms may go to school.

If the student stays at home, they will receive tasks on Wilma and can, thus, independently progress in their studies. Because an official decision by an infectious diseases authority will no longer be made on this precaution, the child is not entitled to distance learning, quarantine bag, nor is the guardian entitled to infectious disease allowance. If a guardian notifies that the reason for their child’s absence is the child’s COVID-19 disease, and if the child is in isolation (including a positive at-home Covid-19 test), the student is entitled to distance learning to the extent allowed by their state of health. If the student is sick, they should primarily rest and not attend school, not even by means of distance learning. If the student is in distance learning, they are entitled to a quarantine bag, replacing the school lunch. If no official decision on isolation has been made by an infectious diseases authority, the guardian is not entitled to infectious disease allowance.

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Students in upper secondary education

If a family member of a student in upper secondary education has been confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 test result, the student in question is, as a precaution, recommended—compliant with the THL's instructions—to stay at home for five (5) days. Nevertheless, a student without symptoms, exposed to COVID-19 at home, may attend school.
If a guardian notifies that the reason for their teen’s absence is the teen’s COVID-19 disease, and if the teen is in isolation (including a positive at-home Covid-19 test), the student is entitled to ask the teachers to open a remote access channel during classes, to the extent possible. If the student is sick, they should primarily rest and not study, not even by means of distance learning.

Published: 20.1.2022 
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