- The corona epidemic has changed the everyday life of many children, adolescents and families in Turku, as contact teaching has been replaced by distance teaching. The City of Turku supports families during the state of emergency caused by coronavirus and makes sure that no child or adolescent drops out of school, says Service Area Director for Basic Education Tommi Tuominen.
Basic education personnel have been sent updated instructions to make sure the exceptional circumstances caused by coronavirus will not put any children or adolescent in a weakened position in terms of learning and keeping up. Principals monitor that the instructions are followed in their schools.
- Schools make sure that school days involve interaction between the pupil and teacher. The pupil may be given a tuition video or the teacher can arrange a realtime session. When possible, the school day should follow the school timetable and curriculum in order to maintain the structure of schoolwork and everyday routines, says Tuominen.
If the pupil does not take part in agreed remote meetings, the school will immediately contact the pupil and their family. If the contacts have no results, stronger measures are taken – including child welfare measures as a last resort.
All customers of early childhood education and care have been called
All customers of early childhood education have been called to make sure that all is well with the children and their families. Based on contacts, families have been offered help and support with education. In the future, communication through different channels will be intensified and families are encouraged to take initiative.
If necessary, early childhood education and care staff and families will be given help by special needs teachers in early childhood education, social workers and family workers. Early childhood education professionals send children and families weekly packages and other material for early childhood education and pre-primary education through Wilma and other electronic channels.
Remote learning in upper secondary education
In upper secondary schools in Turku, classes are arranged and teachers are online to give guidance, hand out tasks and respond to questions in accordance with normal school timetable. Tutors supervise and monitor students in their own groups and contact their students at least once a week.
Also at Turku Vocational Institute, the coordinating teachers supervise and monitor how their student groups manage their studies. In addition, they are personally in contact with their students at least once a week. Tuition takes place on various online platforms. Students with needs for special support have been arranged support in different schools for both studying and online studying.