Starting first grade is an exciting and new phase in a child’s and the child’s parents’ life.
Students in upper secondary school can also access the City of Jyväskylä’s pupil and student support services. The service is staffed by psychologists and student welfare advisors, who are on hand to offer help and guidance to all students. The services are provided with the student’s consent, and they can also involve family and friends as well as teachers and other relevant professionals. The purpose of the service is to promote the wellbeing of individual students and the wider school community and to help create a safe and positive learning environment for all.
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.
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.
Support for learning and growth
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. Depending on students’ needs, this support may be provided as enhanced support based on an individual learning plan, or full time special education.
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.