Contact teaching for pupils in grades 1-9 in comprehensive schools in Turku started on Thursday 14 May. Compared to normal, approximately 85 per cent of students were present. Schools applied stricter safety and hygiene policies than normal, in accordance with national recommendations. This affected, for instance, the placing of school desks, recess arrangements and school meal practices.

- We have given staff in schools instructions that teaching should mainly be arranged in their own classroom and be led by one teacher if possible. Contacts should be minimised. The level of hygiene has naturally been highlighted in everything, says Service Area Director for Basic Education Tommi Tuominen.

-  With moving from one place to another and new beginnings, a very positive mood has prevailed. Pupils were excited to see their school friends again and naturally this poses a challenge for the instructions given on contacts and for supervising teachers. Nevertheless, the general atmosphere in schools is very positive, Tuominen states.

In the City of Turku early childhood education and care, almost 57 per cent of children were present on Thursday 14 May. Compared to normal, approximately 70 per cent of children participated in pre-primary education.

The open services, playschools and playgrounds of the City of Turku early childhood education and care will open on 18 May 2020. Open day care activities are closed until the end of July.

Distance learning mainly succeeded in comprehensive schools and upper secondary education in Turku

According to recent surveys, studying mainly succeeded well even during exceptional circumstances in comprehensive schools and upper secondary schools in Turku as well as in Turku Vocational Institute. The surveys were carried out during April and May and almost 4000 pupils in grades 4-9, almost 1200 upper secondary school students and over 1100 students at Turku Vocational Institute responded. The surveys were created to find out experiences of pupils and students about distance teaching.

According to the survey, the majority of respondents had learnt as well during exceptional circumstances as they would have in normal contact teaching. Part of pupils and students even assessed their learning better during the period of distance teaching.

Teachers were pleased with teaching sessions and contacting between each other. Particularly according to older pupils and students, most challenges were caused by the difficulty of initiating tasks, the lack of free time and planning of time management. Even though studying during exceptional circumstances went well, the pupils and students have missed everyday life. The things missed most were friends and regular everyday routines.

Results of the distance teaching survey: