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Laurea’s coronavirus instructions: Only necessary workshop teaching on campuses until 31 January 2022

It is still possible to organise essential workshop teaching on campuses safely.

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(Instructions updated 7 January 2022: only necessary workshop teaching on campuses until 31 January 2022, extension of the personnel's remote work recommendation until 28 February 2022, home tests available to personnel, possible changes to restaurant services)

Due to the coronavirus situation in Uusimaa, remote teaching will continue as the main form of teaching at Laurea until 31 January 2022. It is still possible to organise essential workshop teaching on campuses safely. In its risk assessment, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has assessed the likelihood of infection with coronavirus and the spread of the disease as minor, in contact teaching in higher education institutions. We will use masks on campuses and follow good hygiene practices in all of our activities. These measures will further reduce the risk of infection.

The personnel's remote work recommendation has been extended until 28 February 2022. Laurea will also offer home tests for self-testing for personnel whose work tasks require attendance on campuses, commuting or other tasks where avoiding close contact is challenging. Due to extensive remote teaching and work, there may be changes to restaurant services on campuses.

We monitor the development of the epidemic situation and update the guidelines as necessary in accordance with the instructions and recommendations issued by the authorities to ensure the safety of students and staff and the continuity of operations.

Teaching arrangements 

Only mandatory workshops will be organised on Laurea campuses between 7 January and 31 January 2022. All other teaching and coaching will be delivered remotely for all student groups. The orientation of student groups starting in spring 2022 will also be organised remotely. The teachers of each study unit will provide instructions to students on how teaching and studies will be carried out. 

The necessary contact teaching can still be organised safely according to the following principles:

  • In all campus activities, we emphasise safety, strive to keep sufficient distances and maintain good hygiene. Moreover, facial masks shall be worn on the campuses.
  • The study progress and competence development of students who are placed in quarantine or are absent for health reasons will be ensured through pedagogical solutions, such as independent learning assignments to compensate for the absences.

Organising events on campuses

No public or private events will be organised on Laurea campuses between 7 January and 28 February 2022. The necessary events related to education, business, and RDI may be organised in accordance with the following principles:

  • The organiser of the event is responsible for health safety practices. Events may only be attended when healthy, and face masks must be used. The organiser is responsible for ensuring adequate distances and hygiene levels.
  • Indoors, the number of participants in the event is recommended to be no more than 50 % of the maximum number of people on the premises and the participants must be offered a chance to participate remotely
  • Events organised in outdoor areas are carried out in accordance with the valid recommendations and regulations imposed by authorities.
  • Security services can be consulted on safety questions related to organising events

Laurea’s own public and private events that have been planned already must be cancelled between 07 January and 28 February 2022. A case-by-case assessment of the events of external organisers is made by the security services. External organisers’ requests for leasing premises must be directed to corona@laurea.fi for consultation.           

It is recommended that major events organised by the student union be transferred and held in February 2022 at the earliest, provided that the regional epidemic situation has significantly improved.

Services on the campuses 

Due to extensive remote teaching and work, there may be changes to restaurant services on campuses. Other services on the campuses are available in accordance with their opening hours. We recommend that you use the services online or book an appointment to minimise the number of office visitors on campus and ensure the availability of the services. Laurea’s Student Affairs Offices and ServiceDesk are open online and on campus

The use of any and all Laurea’s campus services requires social distancing, minimising contacts, ensuring good hand hygiene and wearing facial masks in accordance with the provided instructions. We recommend that the use of facilities is planned so that the number of clients allowed into the premises is up to 50% of the facility’s capacity.

Travel abroad by students  

Student exchanges abroad are possible in countries where the level of safety specified in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' travel advice is “noudata tavanomaista varovaisuutta” (adhere to normal safety measures) or “noudata erityistä varovaisuutta” (exercise special caution). It is the duty of those planning an international exchange to seek the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' travel advice for the target country, the up-to-date entry regulations and any national restrictions and recommendations. The implementation of placements abroad requires a separate risk assessment if the safety level specified in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' travel advice for the target country is “vältä tarpeetonta matkustamista” (avoid unnecessary travel) or “vältä kaikkea matkustamista” (avoid all travel). Travel is not possible to countries where the safety level is “poistu maasta välittömästi” (leave the country immediately).

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that all travellers travelling abroad are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before the journey.

With questions related to travel, students may contact corona@laurea.fi.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare travel recommendation

Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ travel advice (in Finnish)

Common instructions for maintaining safety  

The prerequisites for safe working on campus are responsible co-operation and compliance with the common instructions:  

  • Do not enter a campus unless you are completely healthy. Anyone experiencing any symptoms must immediately get tested for COVID-19 in accordance with the instructions provided by their local health care services. If you experience symptoms or suspect exposure, you can fill in a coronavirus symptom checker on the omaolo.fi website.  
  • Wear a face mask while on campus. Persons who are unable to wear a face mask for health-related reasons shall use a personal reusable protective visor. You can pick up a mask/visor from Lobby Services. The use of your own masks/visors is also possible.  
  • Laurea provides students with masks every day. These masks are either surgical mouth and nose masks or FFP2 masks. 
  • Maintain good hand and coughing hygiene. Everyone must immediately wash and sanitise their hands when entering campus facilities or moving from a space or classroom to another, and otherwise as necessary.  
  • Maintain sufficient distances on the campuses. 
  • In addition to enhanced cleaning, disinfection wipes are available for wiping down shared surfaces. 
  • We recommend everyone to download the Koronavilkku app on their phone. 
  • We encourage all employees and students to get the recommended vaccines as soon as possible. 
  • Students can book campus facilities in the reservation system for their own work or for working in small groups while complying with the safety guidelines. When you reserve a space for working in a small group, the names of all participants must be stated in the reservation. This will speed up the tracking of potential exposure chains.

Read more about transmission and protection (Finnish institute for Health and Welfare)

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