Humak COVID-19 updates

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Corona Task Force Update 8.9.

Humak’s Corona Task Force actively follows the Covid-19 situation in Finland and acts following the instructions given by the authorities. Task force had its meeting on 8th September. The next meeting will be held on the 15th September if necessary. The bulletins are updated by noon on meeting days.

We want to remind you that Covid-19 corona task force update in English is made to this web page and the brief bulleting of changes is published on your own Teams-channel (Humak (D) Teams > International).  Personnel will find their own information in Humak’s Intranet.

You can find new updates on the bulletin by the subheading’s update date.

Regional Pandemic Information (updated 8.9)

The situation in Jyväskylä is now better and the region is lowered to a stable level.

Community Transmission Phase: Helsinki Metropolitan Area (2.9.) and Turku (7.9.)

Acceleration phase: Kuopio (6.9.)

Stable level: Jyväskylä (6.9.)

Up to date information about regional situations as well as recommendations and limitations can be found from THL’s website.

Mask Use in Contact Teaching (updated 8.9.)

According by the law given for University of Applied Sciences (31 §) the university has a responsibility to secure the safe learning environment to everyone. UAS has right to give orders in order to offer the safe environment.

Humak has adviced both the staff and the students to wear masks and prohibit participation for the contact teaching during the case of illness. You have to wear mask indoors always when there are more than one person present in the locations.

A contact teaching lesson can be stopped if there are persons not wearing masks during contact teaching indoors.

THL’s estimate on the risks of contact teaching

THL on arvioinut sisätiloissa tapahtuvan kokonaisriskin vähäiseksi. According to THL’s estimate, the risks of indoor contact teaching are low. It currently sits at 1 on a scale of 1-9. The risks of spreading and transmission are also at the lowest level. In low risk situations, the chance of coronavirus infection and spread is low. Transmission risk can also be lowered with limiting contacts, use of masks, ventilation, good hygiene and avoiding crowded spaces. For these reasons, following the official guidelines is still important.

Government’s new hybrid strategy brings hope for the future (8.9.)

Government and health officials estimate the national vaccination coverage to reach 80% in people over 12 during October. Restrictions can be taken before reaching the desired vaccination coverage. Regional epidemic phases will stop being used and the new strategy will be local and regional actions based on the communicable diseases act. These actions are more limited in their targets, contents, duration and area.

Term start in 2021

Humak strongly wishes to return to normal conditions at the beginning of the autumn semester. The planning of teaching and work takes into account possible safety intervals and mask recommendation, which may vary regionally.

If the regional restrictions are tightened and the contact teaching is not possible for everyone without restrictions, contact teaching for the following groups will be prioritized in Humak:

  • 1st and 2nd year full-time students
  • language teaching and interpreting, adventure education teaching

HUMAKO tours and tutoring

Student union HUMAKO wants to offer safe environment for students’ social gatherings. The tour is arranged with general safety measures and regional restrictions in mind. HUMAKO will acknowledge the ongoing COVID-19 situation by:

  • Hand sanitizer is available on all task sites and the organizers will be supplied with masks
  • If possible, mornings will start outside
  • Especially in Turku, Nurmijärvi and Jyväskylä student groups will be divided into multiple smaller spaces during the general info sessions of the morning and afternoon. The info will be streamed from one classroom to the rest.
  • The different tasks for small groups will happen in separate spaces with safe distances
  • List of attendees will be gathered from all the tour dates
  • The staff of each location will support HUMAKO with for example space reservations and scheduling lunch to avoid crowds

International mobility for the students will be open in September

Planning of the international exchange (EU + global) can be started taking consideration of the travel recommendations.

If you are leaving to exchange period now in Autumn term, you have to be prepared for any quarantine rules and repeated corona tests required by the destination country. Testing may be subject to a fee. It is also worth preparing for remote learning practices at the university in the target country.

More information on THL’s travel restrictions (Link takes you to THL’s website).

Communications Channels have been changed on 1.8.2021

Microsoft Teams is the official platform for communication. Peppi no longer serves a role in daily communications for the students.

The main place for the Corona Task Force News is the webpage (this page will be updated with relevant information) and the updates are published in Teams Channel : International under Humak (D)-Team.

Ministry of Education recommends vaccination

Corona vaccine and acting responsively (hygiene and facial mask) is crucial in order to secure a normal activity in the universities. Humak wants to provice secure and social possibilities for everyone and we strongly recommend everyone to take a corona vaccine.

Please acquire information on the vaccination from your local covid vaccination center and consider possibility to use your municipality’s pop in vaccination services. Local links for the vaccination centres are:

Officials recommendations for the Universities and UAS’es (5.8.)

  • Instructions of good virus protection policies are visible in the locations
  • Cleaning measures are extended beyond normal
  • Participants are prohibited to attend events/teaching if they have any symptoms
  • The general meeting restrictions do not affect teaching
  • Use at least 2 meter distance in class rooms and limit the number of participants according to this distance
  • Use facial masks indoors according to offical recommendations

Psychologist services for the Students (NEW for Autumn Term)

Student psychologist has started in Humak.

You can apply to a study psychologist for individual appointments through a study counselor or directly to a study psychologist. An appointment with a study psychologist is free and confidential. In addition, the study psychologist has on-call time at Zoom every other week on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 4 pm starting September 1, 2021. During on-call time, you can ask freely about anything or for example book an appointment for later. You can also send a text message or e-mail and the study psychologist will get back to you during that time.

You can seek the services of a study psychologist either through the study counselor or by booking an appointment directly with the study psychologist by e-mail (ilse.lammila@humak.fi). Write your own information (name, year of commencement, student number) and what kind of topic you would like to discuss in the e-mail, and you will receive suggestions for the time of the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your appointment no later than one day before the agreed time.

Measures to Support Well-Being and Study at Humak

Thanks to additional resources for Humak’s student counselling, coaching and well-being projects, our university has measures for existing and future support.

Here is a list of services that will be available or coming in the coming months:

  • Humak Cares campaign supporting student well-being is launched in September
  • Additional resources have been provided for student counselling
  • Study counsellors have released an exhaustive tip-list to support students during remote studies. You can view the list here.
  • Student counsellor online support increased
  • Students and staff can download the BreakPro exercise program free of charge to their phones or computers. The download link will be published in Peppi / Tuudo this week or next week at the latest. With BreakPro, you can pause your work, get break exercise instructions and tips for better ergonomics. With the help of the application, we aim to increase the well-being of both students and staff at work.
  • Remember to take advantage of the Student Union HUMAKO’s online activities (such as Discord meetings and the yoga application). Read more from HUMAKO’s website

Student Council HUMAKO’s Online Activities

Student union HUMAKO is Humak’s own student union. HUMAKO provides support and advice to all Humak students. Student Union HUMAKO encourages all students to join the Student Union Discord platform. The platform has been created for students, from students to students! You can come to Discord to discuss issues related to school and student everyday life, or just to talk about these. Nothing needs to know in advance to get help on the platform easily. All Humak students are welcome.

In addition, the tutors of  HUMAKO advise students on issues related to studying and student life through etutor@humako.net.

The student body HUMAKO regularly informs about its activities in the autumn through its website, Instagram and membership letter.

General information

This information is checked and updated on 17th August, 2021.

Contact Learning Guidelines

Pre-agreed contact learning will follow the following guidelines:

  • Keeping a safe distance (2 m)
  • Taking care of hygiene and following face mask recommendations (visors used in sign language and interpreting contact learning)
  • Only attend contact learning when healthy
  • If you are in quarantine, you can’t participate to contact teaching even if you feel yourself healthy.
  • A record of participants will be kept

General Information on Internships

During the Autumn semester, the internships take place normally, provided that the organizations providing internships do not cancel them.

  • If you are placed to quarantine, you can’t participate or start training during the quarantine period.
  • If you are ill, have any flu symtoms or are in quarantine, do not visit your work placement’s premises.
  • If you belong to a risk group, consult your own doctor and follow the instructions given by your work placement organization.
  • If you are unsure how to act with regard to corona, contact your own coach or send an e-mail to korona@humak.fi.
  • If the work placement is cancelled, contact your supervising lecturer in order to discuss on the continuation of your studies.
  • If there are people belonging to the risk group in your immediate area, follow the guidelines of their health personnel and the THL.

How I can receive coaching and what kind of mentoring is given?   

  • PDP Study Coach: Every student has her/his own coach who supports and mentors you professionally throughout your studies. You find your own PDP Study Coach in student.peppi.humak.fi (on top-right corner click your name > settings > study information).
  • Study Advisor: Each Humak campus has a designated study advisor (formerly a study coach) whose key responsibilities include helping you if you encounter challenges related to, for example, your study skills, abilities, or progress in your studies. Contact information for study advisors can be found on the Wiki: https://wiki.humak.fi/display/OJOS/Opinto-ohjaajat (the list in Finnish programmes).  AdEd-Students’ Study Councellor in Nurmijärvi Campus is: Jussi Hynninen.
  • Check out the degree student guidance and coaching information, which clarifies the roles of different actors in Humak: https://wiki.humak.fi/display/IE/Degree+students. It allows you to be in touch with the right person depending on your guidance needs. See also Councelling and guidance during the studies: https://wiki.humak.fi/display/IE/Counselling+and+guidance+during+the+studies

For Open UAS Students  

Korona may also affect the studies of the Open University of Applied Sciences. The lecturers responsible for the course or competence unit announce eventual changes in the tasks and methods of completion of the courses in the Open LMS e-learning environment. If you have any questions about completing the course, please contact the lecturer in charge of the course.

For questions related to the Open University of Applied Sciences’ registrations, fees and financing of studies, you can get advice by e-mail at avoinamk@humak.fi or by phone at 0400 349 266 or tel. 0400 349 319.

Services

Services operate remotely where applicable. Basic services such as the study office, library, information management services and mail continue to operate during the Spring semester. 

Library services 

  • Services continue to operate normally according to regional guidelines
  • Use of facemask are required according to regional guidelines, unless a health condition prevents its use
  • The number of customers in the library is limited if necessary, taking into account regional recommendations 
  • Visits to the library should be kept short

Study office services 

  • Study office services are provided electronically
  • The study office can be visited per agreement. A face mask must be used, unless a health condition prevents its use.

IT services 

Media and official contacts:

Head of Training Noora Ahti, noora.ahti(at)humak.fi, puh. 0400 349 225

Principal/CEO Jukka Määttä, jukka.maatta(at)humak.fi, tel. 0400 349 249

Covid advice email

You can send generic guestion on covid-19 to korona@humak.fi. The mail is answered between 9-15 from Monday to Friday. If you have an urgent matter, please contact your PDP Study Coach or Study advisor.

Instructions for Students in Case of Illness or Exposure

If you get sick (get Covid-19 symptoms) in or after contact

  • If you get corona symptoms during contact teaching, ask your teacher for a face mask. Leave the campus immediately and have a symptom assessment in the OmaOlo service for further instructions.
  • If you get covid-19 symptoms after a day of contact teaching, make a symptom assessment in the OmaOlo service, where you can get further instructions. Authorities will provide guidance on possible follow-up.
  • Do not come in contact teaching if you feel sick or have any symptoms.

If you will be informed that a covid-19 case has been reported in your personal circle

  • If you become aware that a Covid-19  incident has been reported in your immediate area, follow the instructions given by the health authorities.
  • If you are quarantined by the health authorities, you will not be able to come to contact teaching.
  • If you are not quarantined and are asymptomatic, you can participate in contact teaching normally.

A family member / person living in the same household has taken a test or has been booked for a test. How do I proceed before the test result arrives?

  • If you do not have symptoms, you can continue your normal life until you have a test result.
  • If you have symptoms, you will not be able to attend contact teaching.
  • If the result of a family member / person living in the same household is positive, the rest of the family is subject to official quarantine under the Contamination Diseases Act. The quarantine is set by the health authorities.

You are tested positive for Covid-19

  • You act according the instructions given you by the health authorities.

Local Councelling Phones for Covid-19:​