In Tampere, students in grades 7–9 and in upper secondary schools switch to distance learning as of Monday 16 March
In order to control the spread of the coronavirus, the comprehensive schools run by the City of Tampere will move to provide remote teaching for students in grades 7–9 and in additional education for the period 16–27 March 2020. All comprehensive schools will also offer the option of contact teaching in the student’s own school. Teaching for grades 1–6 will continue as normal in all schools. As of Monday 16 March, the upper secondary schools of the City of Tampere will switch to distance learning, at least until the end of the period 4, which is 2 April 2020.
Students in grades 7–9 do not need to sign up for remote or contact teaching in advance. Daily distance learning begins when the teacher contacts the student via Helmi during the first lesson in the class schedule. If a student has no access to a computer, smartphone or tablet, he or she can borrow a device from the school. Students participating in contact teaching will come to school according to their current class schedules. Teachers will monitor the participation of students in teaching daily.
Schools will continue to offer students the possibility to have lunch at school on every school day. All students in both remote and contact teaching are offered a school meal without the need to sign up for it in advance.
School transportation is organised as usual. Guardians should notify the school if a student does not need transportation due to participation in remote teaching or absence from school.
The form teacher should be notified of a student’s absence via Helmi as usual.
Guardians of students in grades 7–9 have received a message from the principal of their school. If the message did not reach everyone over the weekend, the student can go to school as usual on Monday. All schools are open, with staff and the possibility to do schoolwork.
All teachers and other staff will work at their own school during the remote teaching period. The services of student welfare are provided as normal. Any changes to appointments or office hours will be communicated to students and guardians by the schools.
All pupils in grades 1–6 in the comprehensive schools of the City of Tampere will continue to go to school as normal. The students in grades 7–9 will switch to distance learning because they are in the best position for it and the arrangement ensures that the teaching of the youngest pupils and functioning of the schools can be guaranteed for as long as possible.
During the remote teaching period, the students in special care will continue to have the possibility to participate in full-day activities.
As of Monday 16 March, upper secondary schools will switch to distance learning, at least until the end of period 4, which is 2 April 2020. Both students and teachers have already been instructed to take their study materials and tools home after the school day. Materials can also be picked up from schools during the remote teaching period.
During the remote teaching period, the schools will not shut down, but they will change the method of teaching. For instance, it is still possible to see a study counsellor, teacher or member of the student welfare staff in upper secondary schools. The matriculation examinations will be organised following instructions issued by the Matriculation Examination Board.