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2 high schools go remote after mass coronavirus exposure

Published : 06 Sep 2020, 21:53

Updated : 07 Sep 2020, 01:25

  DF Report

Photo Source: Helsinki Media High School.

Two high schools (Lukio) in Helsinki will go for distance education from today (Monday) for two weeks after a total of 153 students and staff members of the schools were exposed to coronavirus, said the City of Helsinki in a press release on Sunday afternoon.

The high school authorities and the education department of the city have decided to make the academic activities of the Vuosaari High School remote after 37 students and four staffers of the high school were exposed to the virus. The high school has a total of 525 students.

The authorities have also decided to introduce remote learning at the Helsinki Media High School as 108 students and four staff members of it were exposed to the virus. The Helsinki Media High school has 950 students.

The head of City of Helsinki High School Education Department, Harri Korhonen said it was decided to introduce distance education at both the schools for two weeks after reviewing the situation in consultation with the principals and other responsible people.

“We …took the decision with the view to ensure smooth completion of student credits starting on 1 September 2020,” Korhonen added.

The high schools authorities have already provided their students and guardians with instructions related to distance learning through Wilma.