Coro­nain­fo

Coro­na­vi­rus infor­ma­tion

The stu­dents and staff of Kare­lia Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences will return to the cam­puses in August. Con­tact teac­hing and exa­mi­na­tions that requi­re super­vi­sion will be orga­ni­sed on the cam­puses. The pre­requi­si­te for a safe return to cam­puses is com­mit­ment to safe­ty regu­la­tions and res­pon­sible coo­pe­ra­tion. This means that cam­pus pre­mi­ses shall only be ente­red in full health and eve­ry­one needs to remem­ber good hand and coug­hing hygie­ne and appropria­te safe­ty dis­tances (THL.fi).

Because of the coro­na­vi­rus situa­tion, teac­hing and stu­dying in the Degree Pro­gram­me in Inter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness and Industrial Mana­ge­ment will be arran­ged onli­ne for new stu­dents. Onli­ne stu­dying will start on Sep­tem­ber 2nd and will con­ti­nue until the end of Decem­ber 2020. Stu­dents con­ti­nuing their stu­dies begin their stu­dies at the cam­puses accor­ding to the sche­du­les announced pre­vious­ly. The aim is to return to as nor­mal acti­vi­ties as pos­sible.

The aim at Kare­lia UAS is to effec­ti­ve­ly pro­tect the stu­dents, emplo­yees and part­ners of Kare­lia UAS and, thus, crea­te a safe stu­dy and work envi­ron­ment for all. To achie­ve this, each mem­ber of the com­mu­ni­ty needs to com­mit to the com­mon gui­de­li­nes defi­ned for our uni­ver­si­ty of applied sciences.

Adequa­te safe­ty dis­tances will be applied in con­tact teac­hing and the num­ber of stu­dents on cam­puses at a time will be limi­ted. In order to ensu­re enough space for all, some stu­dy units may be imple­men­ted as dis­tance lear­ning and the­re may also be alter­na­tion between con­tact teac­hing and dis­tance lear­ning wit­hin indi­vi­dual stu­dy units. Teac­hing takes place between 8am and 6pm and stu­dents may be divi­ded into smal­ler groups in stu­dies that requi­re special faci­li­ties. Each field of educa­tion and teac­hers of indi­vi­dual cour­ses will pro­vi­de their stu­dents with more detai­led infor­ma­tion on the imple­men­ta­tion of teac­hing.

Prac­tical trai­ning periods in the field of social ser­vices and health care will start on 1st August 2020. Each prac­tical trai­ning place­ment will pro­vi­de their own instruc­tions for the trai­nee. The stu­dent star­ting his/her prac­tical trai­ning period must be in full health. If a student’s fami­ly mem­ber has symp­toms of a coro­na­vi­rus infec­tion, a COVID-19 test needs to be taken from the fami­ly mem­ber. The stu­dent can begin his/her trai­ning period if s/he is healt­hy and has no symp­toms. If the fami­ly member’s test result turns out to be posi­ti­ve, the stu­dent must imme­dia­te­ly inter­rupt his/her prac­tical trai­ning period. More detai­led instruc­tions for prac­tical trai­ning periods in the field of social ser­vices and health care have been given to educa­tio­nal ins­ti­tu­tions by Siun sote.

The deve­lop­ment of the coro­na­vi­rus situa­tion is moni­to­red at Kare­lia UAS on a dai­ly basis. The mana­ge­ment meets for a situa­tion ana­ly­sis regu­lar­ly and is pre­pa­red to take neces­sa­ry action in order to ensu­re the safe­ty of UAS acti­vi­ties in all circums­tances. The safe­ty instruc­tions are upda­ted whe­ne­ver neces­sa­ry.

Do not enter cam­pus pre­mi­ses if you are sick or have symp­toms

Per­sons who are sick or have any symp­toms of a coro­na­vi­rus infec­tion are not allowed to enter Kare­lia UAS pre­mi­ses. If any symp­toms deve­lop, each mem­ber of the com­mu­ni­ty is obli­ga­ted to imme­dia­te­ly get tes­ted for the coro­na­vi­rus. Any­one who is expe­riencing symp­toms or sus­pects expo­su­re can fill out an assess­ment of their health sta­tus at omaolo.fi. The coro­na­vi­rus web­si­te of Siun Sote has local instruc­tions for North Kare­lia region.

Hand and coug­hing hygie­ne

Each mem­ber of the com­mu­ni­ty shall main­tain good hand hygie­ne. Care­ful and frequent hand was­hing and use of hand sani­tizer is impor­tant. Eve­ry­one shall imme­dia­te­ly wash and sani­tize their hands when ente­ring cam­pus pre­mi­ses, when moving from a space or class­room to anot­her, and otherwi­se as neces­sa­ry. Hand was­hing faci­li­ties are avai­lable in cam­pus toi­lets and hand sani­tizers are loca­ted in hallways, stu­dent res­tau­rants and other com­mon areas. A dis­po­sable tis­sue shall be used to cover the mouth and the nose when coug­hing or sneezing, and the tis­sue shall be dis­po­sed imme­dia­te­ly. If a tis­sue is not avai­lable, cough or sneeze into your upper slee­ve, not into your hands.

More infor­ma­tion is avai­lable on the web­si­te of THL.

Main­tai­ning suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances in all acti­vi­ties

Suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances shall be main­tai­ned on the cam­puses. The recom­men­da­tion for an adequa­te safe­ty dis­tance is one to two met­res. Suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances shall be main­tai­ned par­ticu­lar­ly in the hallways and lob­by areas and whi­le wai­ting in line.

Safe­ty dis­tances shall be obser­ved in rec­rea­tio­nal faci­li­ties, loun­ges and other sha­red areas and it is recom­men­ded that we avoid han­ging around in the­se faci­li­ties if it is not neces­sa­ry. Hand sani­tizer shall be used when ente­ring and lea­ving the­se areas.

Suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances between stu­dents shall be main­tai­ned in class­rooms and in exa­mi­na­tion faci­li­ties. Stu­dents shall not attend lec­tu­res or exams sick or with any symp­toms.

Recom­men­da­tions for the use of pro­tec­ti­ve masks

Kare­lia Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences recom­mends the use of face masks in work and stu­dy situa­tions when it is not pos­sible to main­tain safe social dis­tances. Such situa­tions inclu­de, for example,

  • con­tact teac­hing that is impos­sible to imple­ment with suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances
  • labo­ra­to­ry exerci­ses
  • mee­tings that can­not be held onli­ne or with suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances
  • gui­dance and coun­se­ling that is impos­sible to imple­ment with suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances or wit­hout a plexiglass
  • stu­dents’ prac­tical trai­ning periods in places that have given their own recom­men­da­tion on the use of face masks
  • stu­dy-rela­ted trips (e.g. joint trans­port to field exerci­ses)
  • emplo­yees’ work trips by public trans­port or car­pools when it is impos­sible to main­tain suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances

Stu­dents con­duc­ting their prac­tical trai­ning periods shall fol­low the regu­la­tions and recom­men­da­tions of their prac­tical trai­ning place­ments regar­ding the use of pro­tec­ti­ve masks.

Kare­lia UAS pro­vi­des stu­dents and emplo­yees with face masks and, if nee­ded, pro­tec­ti­ve glo­ves for the situa­tions lis­ted abo­ve. It is also pos­sible to use one’s own mask.

Pro­tec­ti­ve equip­ment is avai­lable at the infor­ma­tion desks on cam­puses (8am-3pm). Kare­lia UAS uses sur­gical mouth and nose masks (type II). The­re are 50 face masks in one pac­ka­ge. The teac­her shall pick up the pac­ka­ge, distri­bu­te the masks to the stu­dents, and instruct the stu­dents in using them.

Face masks pro­vi­ded by Kare­lia UAS may only be used for work and stu­dy pur­po­ses, not in pri­va­te use.

Masks nee­ded in tra­vel­ling from home to work/school and vice ver­sa and masks nee­ded in lunch areas shall be obtai­ned by stu­dents and emplo­yees them­sel­ves. In ordi­na­ry class­room teac­hing, face masks do not need to be worn as long as suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances can be main­tai­ned.

Aut­ho­ri­ties’ recom­men­da­tions on the use of pro­tec­ti­ve equip­ment are acti­ve­ly moni­to­red at Kare­lia UAS and the­se instruc­tions are upda­ted whe­ne­ver neces­sa­ry.

How to use face masks:

  • Wash your hands first and then put on the mask.
  • Do not touch the mask whi­le using it.
  • Remo­ve your mask with clean hands by gras­ping the ear loops. Dis­po­se the mask imme­dia­te­ly after taking it off. Wash your hands afterwards.

Recom­men­da­tion on the use of face masks for citizens (Fin­nish Ins­ti­tu­te for Health and Wel­fa­re)

Ser­vices on the cam­puses

The libra­ry, Stu­dent Ser­vices Office, Exam room and Help­Desk ope­ra­te nor­mal­ly on the cam­puses and onli­ne. Suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tances and good hand hygie­ne shall be main­tai­ned when visi­ting the libra­ry and the Stu­dent Ser­vices Office.

The ser­vices of the Stu­dent Wel­fa­re Officer are avai­lable on Wärt­si­lä cam­pus or onli­ne. You can book an appoint­ment using the elect­ro­nic appoint­ment calen­dar (see Pak­ki). Stu­dent health nur­ses’ appoint­ments are avai­lable on Tik­ka­rin­ne cam­pus. Safe­ty instruc­tions must be con­si­de­red when visi­ting the faci­li­ties of stu­dent health care. Occu­pa­tio­nal health care for the staff is orga­ni­sed by Siun työ­ter­veys.

Stu­dent res­tau­rants Soli­na and Wire

When ente­ring a stu­dent res­tau­rant, wash your hands with water and soap and dry them with a dis­po­sable hand towel. Then, disin­fect your hands. The­re are seve­ral hand sani­tizers avai­lable in the res­tau­rant. Act with con­si­de­ra­tion towards others and keep a suf­ficient safe­ty dis­tance to others. Do not go to occu­pied tables wit­hout per­mis­sion. Avoid unneces­sa­ry moving around in the res­tau­rant pre­mi­ses. At lunch­ti­me, the res­tau­rant is only avai­lable for lunch cus­to­mers. The cabi­nets of Soli­na res­tau­rant are only avai­lable for eating pur­po­ses during the autumn semes­ter, i.e. the cabi­nets can­not be reser­ved for mee­tings. The cabi­net doors shall be kept open. Soli­na res­tau­rant also has an out­door ter­race avai­lable for use. You can also buy take-away lunc­hes from the res­tau­rants.

High-risk groups

Stu­dents belon­ging to high-risk groups shall inform their teac­her tutor or stu­dent coun­sel­lor as well as the teac­hers of speci­fic cour­ses of their absence. A cer­ti­fica­te from health care pro­vi­ders needs to be pre­sen­ted, if so requi­red. The aim is to ensu­re fluent coo­pe­ra­tion between teac­hers and stu­dents for orga­ni­sing the stu­dies in such a way that the­re is no risk of expo­su­re.

Clea­ning and disin­fec­tion of sur­faces

Clea­ning has been enhanced at Kare­lia UAS. Howe­ver, even efficient clea­ning alo­ne is not enough for kee­ping all sur­faces clean in the eve­ry­day life of a school com­mu­ni­ty. The­re­fo­re, it is recom­men­ded to disin­fect the sur­faces after each use (such as public com­pu­ters on cam­puses). The­re are disin­fec­tion wipes avai­lable for this pur­po­se in Kare­lia UAS faci­li­ties. Eve­ry user is res­pon­sible for wiping the sur­faces befo­re and after each use.

Tra­vel­ling

The­re will be no inter­na­tio­nal stu­dent mobi­li­ty at Kare­lia UAS in the autumn term. In addi­tion, emplo­yees’ work trips abroad have been cancel­led. Ins­tead of work-rela­ted tra­vel­ling in Fin­land, remo­te par­tici­pa­tion is pre­fer­red, if pos­sible. If they are neces­sa­ry, a per­mis­sion needs to be applied from the super­vi­sor, taking gene­ral safe­ty instruc­tions into account.

All stu­dents and emplo­yees are encou­ra­ged to obser­ve the risks rela­ted to pri­va­te tra­vel­ling abroad. Such trips may afterwards requi­re a two-week qua­ran­ti­ne period impo­sed by the aut­ho­ri­ties, during which it is pro­hi­bi­ted to enter cam­pus pre­mi­ses.

Events on cam­puses

Exter­nal events will not be held on Kare­lia UAS cam­puses during the autumn term. Remo­te par­tici­pa­tion in mee­tings is also recom­men­ded. In excep­tio­nal cases (e.g. in case of a small num­ber of par­tici­pants), mee­tings orga­ni­sed by Kare­lia UAS may also be held on cam­puses, taking safe­ty instruc­tions into account. It is essen­tial that the orga­ni­ser ensu­res in advance that adequa­te safe­ty mea­su­res, e.g. safe­ty dis­tances and other pro­tec­ti­ve mea­su­res, are pos­sible.

For more infor­ma­tion, email turvallisuus@karelia.fi. Any rela­ted obser­va­tions and safe­ty devia­tions can also be repor­ted using the safe­ty obser­va­tion links loca­ted in the cor­ri­dors (QR code).

More infor­ma­tion

Emer­gency ser­vices: tel. 116 117 (24h)

Health care cent­res: Sii­lai­nen tel. (013) 330 2211, Ran­ta­ky­lä tel. (013) 330 2212, Nii­ni­vaa­ra tel. (013) 330 2213

  • Fin­nish Ins­ti­tu­te for Health and Wel­fa­re: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates
  • Mini­stry for Foreign Affairs: https://um.fi/matkustustiedotteet
  • WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  • Mini­stry for Social Affairs and Health: https://stm.fi/en/frontpage
  • Siun Sote: https://www.siunsote.fi/corona/en
  • Joen­suu https://www.joensuu.fi/en/web/english/-/information-on-the-coronavirus

Natio­nal hot­li­ne 0295 535 535 pro­vi­des gene­ral infor­ma­tion on the coro­na­vi­rus on week­days at 8 am‑9 pm and on Satur­days at 9 am — 3 pm. No indi­vi­dual health coun­sel­ling or coun­sel­ling for acu­te symp­toms is pro­vi­ded by the hot­li­ne.

(Upda­ted on 7th August 2020, based on instruc­tions by Lau­rea Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sciences)