Pupils return to school on 14 May 2020 – how to go to school safely

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2020-05-19 9:25

The remaining period of contact teaching this spring is highly important for pupils’ well-being and social relationships. In matters concerning school and student health services, please contact the public health nurse of your school or the centralised telephone service of School and Student Health Services, tel. 09 8166 1234, Mon−Thur at 8.30−15.30, Fri at 8.30−14. The nurses’ chat service, TerkkariChat, is open Mon−Thur at 8.30−15.30, Fri at 8.30−14.

Severe coronavirus disease is extremely rare in children

The reopening of schools is raising a lot of questions. However, the risk of severe coronavirus disease is low for children and young people who are healthy or who have an underlying health condition (such as asthma or a heart disease) that is under control. If a child or their family member has a serious underlying health condition, a nurse or a doctor will assess whether the child can go back to school or early childhood education. Paediatricians from the Finnish hospital districts have published clear coronavirus instructions on the HUS website

If you are ill, stay at home

The coronavirus causes a respiratory tract infection whose symptoms may include a cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, stomach symptoms and headache (THL/coronavirus-covid-19). No child should come to school if they have even the slightest symptoms of illness. If you have been ill, you can go to school after two (2) symptom-free days.

If you are experiencing the same familiar symptoms of allergy that you have every spring, for example because of pollen, and you can relieve them by taking allergy medicine, you do not need to take any special measures. For example, if you have itchy eyes and a runny nose but no other symptoms, this suggests that you may have an allergy rather than the coronavirus. If you are uncertain, stay at home and contact your health centre if you need to.

If you fall ill at school

If a primary school pupil falls ill, the teacher or a school assistant will call the child’s guardian to let them know about the illness. If necessary, the parent will be asked to pick up the child from school.

If a secondary school pupil falls ill, the pupil should call their guardian with the teacher’s permission and ask for permission to go home. After getting permission, the pupil will go home on their own or will be picked up by the guardians.

Good hand and coughing hygiene prevents infections 

The coronavirus is mainly transmitted as a droplet infection. When you sneeze or cough, hold a disposable tissue in front of your mouth and then put it in the bin. If you have no tissue, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow. Wash your hands immediately. How to wash your hands

More information

Coronavirus advice for Espoo residents