Vaasa University of Applied Sciences will continue with distance learning mainly until March 7, 2021

The Vaasa Hospital District has entered the spreading phase of the epidemic on 20.12.2020. According to the recommendations, higher education institutions will continue in distance learning mode at this stage, arranging only compulsory contact teaching. Therefore, we will continue distance learning in the same way as before the turn of the year. However, necessary small group instruction, exams, and the like are allowed on campus.

  • The teacher in charge of the course informs about the completion of the course. Contact teaching is carried out remotely according to the reading order. Contact teaching cannot be replaced by assignments.
  • New groups of students who started at the beginning of the year will move from February 1st to distance learning. Simulation classes and other necessary instruction will be held on campus.


When visiting campus, we always wear a mask and follow safety instructions. VAMK offers masks for simulation and laboratory teaching, otherwise the student provides them herself.

Staff work remotely as recommended in the national recommendation, but the campus is open for possible work on campus. Administrative and support staff will continue the rotation model.

Our preparedness team meets regularly. We will also continue to provide staff with weekly updates on the situation.

If possible, we will move to the hybrid model from 8.3.2021. Information on this will be announced in early March.

Additional information: security@vamk.fi

 In urgent cases, we will inform you by e-mail.

General instructions for staff

The COVID-19 situation changes constantly. VAMK actively monitors the situation and always follows the instructions given by the authorities. VAMK wants to take responsibility for preventing the spread of the virus.

VAMK's students, staff and stakeholders are effectively protected and a safe study and work environment is made possible. To achieve this, every member of our college community is encouraged to commit to our common rules of the game.

You will only be on the campus completely healthy and good hand and cough hygiene will be taken care of.

The development of the corona situation is monitored daily at VAMK. The preparedness group meets weekly and, if necessary, takes measures to ensure a safe working and study environment. The parties will be notified of the changes.

As a rule, teaching is arranged as distance learning

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences will continue with distance learning mainly until March 7, 2021.

  • Hybrid work means that local and telework alternate so that the whole team is not in the same place at the same time.
  • Further details of the hybrid work will be agreed with the supervisor.
  • Compulsory contact teaching, workshops and supervised exam sessions are held on campuses
  • In hybrid teaching, as a rule, the teaching of groups of more than 40 students is carried out as distance learning, but no later than groups of 50 people according to the instructions of the Board of Education.
  • Internal meetings will be held remotely. All other meetings will be held remotely whenever possible.

Services on campus

Study offices, and HelpDesk, as well as international and applicant services, normally serve on campus and online. Adequate safety clearances and good hand hygiene are ensured when dealing with the study office. You can check the opening hours of the library here. Be sure to follow the safety instructions provided.

 

Safe work on campus:

A prerequisite for a safe return to campus is responsible cooperation. In all VAMK's operations, the aim is to observe safety intervals. If necessary, the university provides protective equipment. You will only be on the campus completely healthy and good hand and cough hygiene will be taken care of.

  • Don't come sore to VAMK's premises. If you have any virus-like symptoms such as stomach disease, dry cough, fatigue, muscle aches, congestion, or suspect you may have been exposed to the virus, do not come to campus but apply for a corona test through occupational health.
  • If you use VAMK's facilities, take turns with colleagues whenever possible. An asymptomatic person can also infect the virus, and the illness of an entire team would significantly limit our ability to function.
  • Always keep a safety distance of at least 2 meters in classrooms, coffee rooms, corridors and other VAMK premises when moving.
  • If the Koronavilkku app reports potential exposure, we recommend switching to distance learning or working for 2 weeks and following the instructions of the health authorities.

Hand and cough hygiene

Every member of the university community contributes to good hand and cough hygiene:

  • Careful and repeated hand washing and the use of hand gloves are an important part of VAMK's daily routines.
  • Immediately upon arrival at the campus facilities, moving from one facility or class to another, and otherwise as necessary, care will be taken to wash hands and use hand gloves.
  • A disposable handkerchief is used for coughing and sneezing, after which it is immediately placed in the trash. If there is no handkerchief, cough or sneeze on the sleeve but not on the hands.

Read more from THL's website.

 

Adequate safety distances in all operations

Adequate safety clearances will be maintained on campus. The recommended safety distance is one to two meters. Adequate safety clearances must be provided, especially when staying in or queuing in corridors and lobby areas.

  • Safety intervals are taken into account in breaks and lounges, and it is hoped that stays in these rooms are kept to a minimum. You enter and leave these rooms through hand disinfection.
  • Adequate safety distances between students are taken into account in the teaching facilities. You must not come to contact or take an exam ill or symptomatically. If safety distances cannot be guaranteed in a study situation or exam, face shields will be provided for those students who do not have their own.
  • If the Koronavilkku app reports potential exposure, we recommend switching to distance learning or working for 2 weeks and following the instructions of the health authorities.

We use face mask at VAMK

The campus has a strong mask recommendation. Whenever safety intervals cannot be guaranteed, personnel are required to wear masks under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Everywhere in contact teaching, in Alere's simulation classes, Technobotnia workshops and computer classes, students and staff always wear protective masks. A student who is unable to commit to the use of a protective mask in classes may be removed from the space to ensure public safety unless there is a health barrier to using the mask. The instructions are valid until further notice.

  • Masks and visors are available for staff. You can pick up protective equipment from the janitors free of charge.
  • Employees should note that the masks are only intended for use during working hours - for example, for commuting, everyone is responsible for acquiring the masks themselves. Later they can be reimbursed as income-generating expenses.
  • As a rule, students acquire their masks themselves, but in laboratory and simulation exercises where it is not possible to maintain a safety distance, teachers distribute masks to students.
  • The teacher picks up a package of masks from a janitor, who then distributes the disinfected hands to the students. Janitors are in charge of storing the masks. Students are given one mask for each lesson where it is not possible to keep safety distances. As a rule, these situations are simulation teaching or laboratory work.

In classroom teaching, teachers generally have the option of safety intervals, but if they wish, they can wear a mask. You can also inquire about a visor, that can be reused after it is disinfected. With regard to personnel, the preparedness group will discuss about the introduction of reusable masks, but for the time being, the personnel will use disposable masks if they wish. Masks can be picked up daily from the janitors.

Cleaning and wiping surfaces

Cleaning has already been further intensified at VAMK and is carried out in accordance with THL's instructions. Disinfectant wipes are available on site. You can contact our property manager Jari Peltose directly about cleaning-related matters.

If you suspect coronavirus infection or are at risk:

You must not enter VAMK's premises if you are ill or symptomatic. Should any symptoms occur, it is the responsibility of each member of the higher education community to apply for corona testing without delay in accordance with the instructions they receive from the health care provider in their home region. Anyone who knows the symptoms or suspects exposure can fill out an assessment of their well-being through omaolo.fi.

The staff can also use the services of Terveystalo, which offers us occupational health care services and also corona testing.

Please contact your healthcare provider by phone or digital means.

Occupational Health (Pihlajalinna from 1.1.2021)

  • Don't come to work sick! If you have flu-like symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever, muscle ache, shortness of breath, stomach flu), stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone away before returning to your workplace.
  • If necessary, you can contact Pihlajalinna's Nurse Telephone Service: 010-312 011 (Finnish and English) and 010-312 0137 (Swedish).
  • If you suspect a coronavirus infection, please do first an online symptom check-up at Omaolo.fi. Here you will receive guidelines according to your home municipality and the symptom check-up's results. You can also contact your own health center or Pihlajalinna's Nurse Telephone Service to get a referral to a coronavirus test.
  • Outside office hours, please contact the Medical Helpline: 116 117
  • No specific measures will be taken at the workplace while waiting for the test result. The employee shall, of course, be on sick leave at least until the test result arrives.

Read more detailed instructions:

Coronavirus guidelines

 

People in higher risk of serious COVID-19 symptoms

If you belong to risk groups identified by THL, contact your supervisor and occupational health about work arrangements. You can check the risk groups here. The aim is to organize the work in such a way that there is no risk of exposure. The doctor decides whether to belong to the risk group.

 

Travel at home and abroad

If you are arriving from abroad, regardless of your country of departure, you must remain in a voluntary 10-day quarantine.

Travel abroad is not done in the current situation. Domestic travel opportunities are primarily considered remote. Travel is agreed with the supervisor.

  • If an employee were to be quarantined abroad by a local authority due to a leisure trip, the employer cannot be held liable. This means, for example, that if a person is unable to work remotely during the quarantine in question, he or she will take annual leave, balance-free or unpaid leave for that period.
  • When traveling in Finland, the recommendations issued by the Government must be followed. The recommendation to use a face mask is valid in the Vaasa Hospital District.

Check nationwide Travel Guidelines and Quarantine Recommendations.

 

Events on campus

The opening of the school year is held remotely. Other events are also organized primarily remotely. If this is not possible, ensure up-to-date instructions already at the event planning stage by contacting turvallisuus@vamk.fi.

  • Organizing the event this autumn requires a permit issued by VAMK's preparedness group. It is essential that the organizer ensures in advance that adequate security arrangements can be made for the event, starting with security clearances and other protection.

We use face mask at VAMK

  • Everywhere in contact teaching, in Alere's simulation classes, Technobotnia workshops and computer classes, students and staff always wear protective masks. In these situations, you are free to use either the mask provided by VAMK or your own.
  • A student who is unable to commit to the use of a protective mask during a workshop in Alere or Technobotnia or a computer class where safety distances cannot be held, may be removed from the space to ensure public safety, unless there is a health barrier to using the mask.
  • There is a strong recommendation to wear a mask on campus
  • The instructions are valid until further notice.

 

Useful Links:

  • THL constantly monitors the corona situation and updates up-to-date information on its website

 

  • Updated safety instructions for university staff can be found on the Intranet.
 
In matters related to COVID-19, you can contact turvallisuus@vamk.fi
VAMK organizes a weekly interest rate information and discussion event for the staff, where our principal Kati is happy to answer busy questions and give a review of the situation.