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Educational services' preparedness for the coronavirus

On this site, you will find details of the policies and measures that have been introduced for schools in Jyväskylä to prevent the spread of coronavirus. They will shape how our local schools operate in the 2020/21 academic year. The site will be updated as new information becomes available.

Updated on 28 August 2020

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Drug, alcohol and mental health services

Psychiatric nurses working as part of the pupil and student support services team offer support to young people under the age of 18 and their families with mental health, drug, alcohol, gaming and gambling addiction issues. If you feel that you need help with any of these issues, you can get in touch with the nurses directly. Alternatively, contact can be initiated by a teacher or school nurse, however, staff must discuss this with you or a member of your family first.

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Pupil and student support services

The City of Jyväskylä’s Pupil and student support services are designed to promote health, welfare and learning across our schools and other educational establishments. They are available both on a direct one-on-one basis but also offered in communal and group settings. The content of the services is set out in the curriculum, and all staff, including teachers, school psychologists, student welfare advisors, school nurses and school doctors, contribute to their delivery.

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Support services in early childhood and basic education

Early childhood and basic education support service staff are there to help if a child finds it difficult to attend school or they are struggling with learning, for example. Staff will also liaise with the child’s family, teachers and other staff at the child’s school and they are a great source of help and guidance on parenting skills.

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Learning in English or Swedish

In Jyväskylä you are able study according to the Finnish comprehensive school curriculum in English and Swedish.

Finnish and foreign students can study in English in Kortepohja school from years 1 to 6 and in Viitaniemi school from years 7 to 9. The teaching language is English, but in art and crafts subjects and some optional subjects the students can have teaching in Finnish. The students’ language proficiency in English is tested before coming to the school.

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To seventh grade

To seventh year

Usually, students of seventh to ninth year go to the school located nearest their home. The school’s resources and the student’s particular subject choices may impact on the selection of the school location. Ultimately, the school location of the student is decided on by the provider of the education.

A student will receive a bus ticket if the distance to the nearest school (or the school allocated to him or her) is over 5 kilometres. If the student goes to another school, commuting is not paid for.

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To first grade

To first year

Compulsory education begins the year the child turns seven. A new school year always begins in August. Usually, the child goes to the school which is closest to his or her home. For the first to second years, if the distance to the school exceeds 3.5 kilometres, the City provides school transport. A school other than the nearest school must be applied for separately. Admission to another school depends on the capacity available at the school.

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After school activity Jälkkäri

Jälkkäri – after-school activity for school goers

Jälkkäri, supervised after-school activity, is arranged in all schools with years 1 to 6. About 600 students attend Jälkkäri-activities in Jyväskylä. Jälkkäri is a pleasant combination of recreation and rest. A snack is also included in the programme. Jälkkäri aims to offer versatile and high quality activities as e.g. various hobby clubs. The presence of an adult ensures that it is safe to attend Jälkkäri after school. A small fee is collected for attending Jälkkäri.

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School and home co-operation

Co-operation between school and home has been specified in the curriculum. Parents have the primary task of raising their children. The school supports this task and is responsible for educating and teaching the student as a member of the school community. Parents’ meetings are an example of the forms of co-operation between the school and parents.

Other forms of co-operation include teacher meetings, parents' association operations, and evaluation discussion in primary schools.

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Native language teaching

A student who speaks another language than Finnish as a native language, or has native-level skills in the language, may attend native language teaching for two hours a week. The teaching is free of charge and is provided after the school day. The teaching is provided at many different schools, and the group may have students from various age groups and schools.

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Clone of School & home co-operation

Co-operation between school and home has been specified in the curriculum. Parents have the primary task of raising their children. The school supports this task and is responsible for educating and teaching the student as a member of the school community. Parents’ meetings are an example of the forms of co-operation between the school and parents. Other forms of co-operation include teacher meetings, parents' association operations, and evaluation discussion in primary schools.

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Learning in English

Finnish and foreign students can study in English in Kortepohja school from years 1 to 6 and in Viitaniemi school from years 7 to 9. The teaching language is English, but in art and crafts subjects and some optional subjects the students can have teaching in Finnish. The students’ language proficiency in English is tested before coming to the school.

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Kolme oppilasta istuu lattialla tutkien koodaustehtävää

School & home co-operation

Co-operation between school and home has been specified in the curriculum. Parents have the primary task of raising their children. The school supports this task and is responsible for educating and teaching the student as a member of the school community. Parents’ meetings are an example of the forms of co-operation between the school and parents. Other forms of co-operation include teacher meetings, parents' association operations, and evaluation discussion in primary schools.

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Opening times and holidays

School year 2019 - 2020

Autumn term begins on Thursday 8th of August 2019
Autumn holiday: 14th - 20th October 2019
Autumn term ends 20 th of December 2019
Christmas holiday: 21st December 2019 - 6th January 2020

Spring term begins on Tuesday 7th of January 2020
Winter holiday: 24th February - 1st March 2020
School ends on Saturday 30th May 2020

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Remedial education

The task of the entire school staff is, in co-operation with the student's guardians, to support the pupil's school attendance, learning, as well as positive growth and development. If the student needs support, the student is provided with remedial education in his or her own class, individually with a remedial education teacher, in small groups, or remedial education groups.

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Oppilaat piirissä.

To seventh year

Usually, students of seventh to ninth year go to the school located nearest their home. The school’s resources and the student’s particular subject choices may impact on the selection of the school location. Ultimately, the school location of the student is decided on by the provider of the education.

A student will receive a bus ticket if the distance to the nearest school (or the school allocated to him or her) is over 5 kilometres. If the student goes to another school, commuting is not paid for.

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After school activity

Jälkkäri – after-school activity for pupils

Jälkkäri, supervised after-school activity, is arranged in all schools with years 1 to 6. About 600 pupils attend Jälkkäri-activities in Jyväskylä. Jälkkäri is a pleasant combination of recreation and rest. A snack is also included in the programme. Jälkkäri aims to offer versatile and high quality activities as e.g. various hobby clubs. The presence of an adult ensures that it is safe to attend Jälkkäri after school. A small fee is collected for attending Jälkkäri.

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