Up-to-date information about coronavirus preparedness at schools and day care centres

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2020-03-17 18:04

This news article will be updated to include the latest information about coronavirus preparedness in early childhood education and at schools. Updated on 25 March 2020 at 18:04.

On Monday, 16 March 2020, the Finnish Government decided on new measures that apply to all citizens. Their purpose is to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. The measures entered into force on 18 March 2020.  

Government specified instructions on the organisation of contact teaching in grades 1–3 on 20 March 2020. 

Day care centres and pre-primary education 

  • Day care centres stay open and pre-primary education organised there continues This will ensure that guardians working in sectors critical to the functioning of society can go to work.
  • If you can arrange childcare at home, please do so. Remember to inform the day care centre director.
  • Open early childhood education (open day care centres, clubs and residents’ parks) is suspended. 

Basic education will be suspended from 18th March until 13th April

Education in grades 4–10 will mostly be suspended. Most of the pupils will study from home. There are two exceptions:

  • Pre-primary education organised in schools and contact teaching for pupils in grades 1 to 3.
  • Pupils who have received a special support decision will also be provided contact teaching. If you can, please arrange childcare at home. 

The school will give instructions on the teaching arrangements to the pupils who study from home and their guardians. Please read the messages that the school sends to you through Wilma.

The children who come to school for contact teaching will be served a school meal. Morning and afternoon care will be available for children who attend contact teaching at school and who would be in morning and afternoon care also in normal circumstances.

The City of Espoo will start offering snack bags to comprehensive school pupils and upper secondary school students

The City of Espoo will start offering snack bags to comprehensive school pupils and upper secondary school students who are currently studying from home and need lunch. The first snack bags will be handed out on Monday, 30 March 2020. Sign up through Wilma beforehand to pick up snack bags.

Matriculation exams brought forward, upper secondary school students study remotely from home

On Friday, 13 March 2020, the Matriculation Examination Board announced that the matriculation exam schedule will be tightened. This means that the exams in humanities and natural sciences will be held a week earlier, on Tuesday 17 March and Thursday 19 March.

The upper secondary school students who will not participate in the exams should study remotely from home from 16th March until 13th April. The students will receive instructions from the teachers in charge of the courses they are taking.

People who return from abroad can not go to work, day care or school for two weeks

Finns and permanent residents in Finland returning from abroad will be placed in quarantine-like conditions for two weeks.These instructions apply to children, pupils and staff alike. 

If you are ill, do not go to day care, school or work either

If you suspect you have contracted the coronavirus or another infectious disease, stay at home. More advice on

International travel cancelled until further notice, international visits rescheduled 

As of 10 March 2020, all trips abroad by school groups are cancelled until further notice. Visits to Espoo’s day care centres and schools by international guests will be postponed until autumn. 

All quarantine decisions will be made by the city’s infectious disease physician 

Decisions on potential quarantines will be made by the infectious disease physician of the City of Espoo in line with the instructions of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).

If a child or a young person is ordered into quarantine, the Infectious Disease Unit of the City of Espoo will contact the guardians.

Pre-primary education and early childhood education will not be provided for the children who are in quarantine. 

Up-to-date information is available at: Coronavirus advice for Espoo residents