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Tampere schools will transfer to distance learning starting on 18 March

Published 17.3.2020 14.19

On 16 March 2020, the Finnish government decided on additional measures to address the coronavirus outbreak in Finland. The aim of the measures is to protect the population and to safeguard the functioning of society and the economy. The measures will be in force until 13 April 2020.

Empty school class.

The Finnish government announced that early childhood education and care units and the pre-primary education organised in connection with them will be kept in operation. This will ensure access to early childhood education and care for the children of employees in sectors critical to the functioning of society and enable parents to work. The Government advises parents and guardians who are able to arrange childcare at home to do so.

The premises of schools, educational institutions, universities and universities of applied sciences as well as civic education will be closed down, and contact teaching will be suspended. As an exception, however, pre-primary education organised in schools and contact teaching for grades 1–3 will continue for the children of parents working in sectors critical to the functioning of society. A further exception is that contact teaching will continue to be arranged for pupils who require it according to a decision on special-needs support; however, parents and guardians who are able to arrange childcare at home are still requested to do so. The above-mentioned arrangements will enter into force on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Instead of contact teaching, the teaching and guidance provided by all universities, universities of applied sciences and vocational education institutes, general upper secondary education and basic education providers will be organised to the widest extent possible in alternative ways, including distance learning, various digital learning environments and solutions and, where necessary, self-learning.

As the Finnish government announced 16.3.2020, in Tampere all schools and other educational institutions will pause classroom instruction and move to distance learning 18.3. - 13.4.2020. Teaching will nevertheless continue via online platforms and home study, and matriculation exams will be completed this week according to schedule. Classroom learning is still offered to grade 1-3 children, whose parents work in jobs that are critical to the functioning of society.

The guardians are asked to inform as soon as possible if their child gr 1-3 reguires classroom instruction during this time. If your child can study from home, you don’t have to reply. Students in grades 4-9 are all studying from home.

If parents have any questions, please contact the principals of own school or early childhood education and care units.

Photos Elina Pynnönen