Functioning of the City of Järvenpää in exceptional circumstances

Functioning of the City of Järvenpää in exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus epidemic

Järvenpää City Press Release March 16, 2020 at 9 pm

Exceptional circumstances by the Government's notice from 18 March until 13 April

"On 16 March 2020, the Government decided on additional measures to address the coronavirus outbreak in Finland. The measures will be in force until 13 April 2020. The Government has announced, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, that there is a state of emergency in the country as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Government will submit a decree implementing the Emergency Powers Act to Parliament on Tuesday 17 March 2020. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Government has adopted policy recommendations for the providers of early childhood education and care, pre-primary education, primary and lower secondary education, general upper secondary education, vocational education and higher education. This way we can safeguard early childhood education and care as well as education and the completion of examinations and qualifications and student admissions despite the coronavirus outbreak."

What does this mean in Järvenpää?

Below is a preview of how the situation will affect city services from Wednesday, 18 March onwards. The city's COVID emergency team checks the policy recommendations on a daily basis and they are announced daily at 4 pm.

Mayor Olli Naukkarinen appeals to the communality of the city people in exceptional circumstances:

'Please support each other during this time. Even from a metre away you can look in the eyes of the other, smile and ask: "Do you need help?"'

If you are unable to care for your child yourself, report the need for day care by Tuesday at the latest

The policy recommendations by the Government: "Early childhood education and care units and the pre-primary education organised in connection with them will be kept in operation. This will ensure access to early childhood education and care for the children of employees who work in sectors critical to the functioning of society and enable parents to work. However, the Government recommends that, whenever possible, children be cared for at home."

The premise is that children in early childhood should be treated at home during the emergency period (18 March—13 April 2020). If the parent(s)/guardian(s) are unable to care for their child(ren), the parents are asked to contact the child(ren)'s day care centre manager as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday, 17 March by 2 pm.

Absence of a child for this period can be reported either to the electronic system (time limit for editing is removed temporarily) or to the child's early childhood education group.
Pre-primary groups in schools will be closed during that time. Children in need of care during that time will be referred to day care centres. Also, we cannot guarantee a place in the child's own early childhood education unit during the emergency. Early childhood education will be centralized as needed in different early childhood education units in the city.

The possible impact of the exceptional situation on the respective fees will be announced later.

Primary schools will be closed starting from 18 March, only a small percentage of pupils will be involved in 'contact' classroom teaching

The policy recommendations by the Government: "School premises will be closed until 13 April 2020 and contact teaching will be suspended. Instruction and guidance will be organised by means of exceptional teaching arrangements. Schools will make any necessary decisions on special arrangements for each pupil separately. As an exception, however, pre-primary education organised in schools and contact teaching for pupils in grades 1 to 3 will continue for the children of parents who work in sectors critical to the functioning of society. Additionally, pupils who have a special support decision will also be provided contact teaching where necessary. However, the Government recommends that, whenever possible, such children be cared for at home. These arrangements will enter into force on Wednesday 18 March 2020."

The primary schools in Järvenpää are still in operation on 17 March, but children are expected to stay at home when possible. Most primary schools will be closed from 18 March onwards. According to the Government's policy, the necessary contact teaching is concentrated in certain units. The decision on these units will be taken on Tuesday 17 March.
Wilma provides guidance on arrangement of instruction for pupils staying home.

Distance education in the city's high school continues

Järvenpää High School has changed to distance education already on Monday 16 March.
Matriculate exams will be conducted by 23 March 2020, taking into account the regulations issued by the health authorities, according to the concise timetable published 13 March 2020.

Järvenpää College and Central Uusimaa Music College will be closed from 18 March until 13 April
Järvenpää College and Central Uusimaa Music College will close their doors and contact lessons will be discontinued from 18 March onwards. Free education work aims to provide opportunities for distance learning.

All schools and colleges will offer the opportunity to pick up the necessary goods and equipment on Tuesday 17 March.

The most part of the city facilities will be closed

All city facilities will be closed to the public starting from Wednesday 18 March with the exception of the facilities for teaching and early childhood education, and Seutulantalo (Seutulantie 12), which can be accessed by calling the doorbell. The opening of Seutulantalo ensures e.g. the visibility of the forms, schemes and schedules. The Järvenpää-talo congress building will be used only for the city's own needs and the official notice board will be moved to the windows of the Järvenpää-talo's restaurant.

NB! The museums and the library will be closed from 18 March to 13 April as well.

City staff will be used in telecommuting and for necessary tasks

As much as possible, the city staff will switch to teleworking. The city is exploring the possibility of providing facilities for protected telecommuting.
Employees will be temporarily transferred to different tasks according to a plan to be specified later.

Further information: Mayor Olli Naukkarinen 040 315 2230, firstname.lastname@jarvenpaa.fi