SAMK’s instructions on COVID-19 situation

SAMK COVID-19 situation instructions

25.8.2022 | By: SAMK | Photo: Veera Korhonen

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The SAMK COVID-19 situation group has ended its meeting for the time being. However, SAMK's COVID’19 situation instructions will remain in force. The guidelines will continue to be amended as necessary in the event of changes to the regulatory guidelines.

Updated 25.8.2022. Latest additions in bold.

SAMK's goal is to provide quality teaching so that students' studies progress despite the situation.

Please follow these instructions to ensure as safe study and work environment as possible for everyone. Responsible cooperation on campuses is a prerequisite for safe operations.

Applications and arrangements for exchange studies for both outgoing and incoming students are made on the assumption that the exchanges will take place from the autumn semester.

  • You can always wear a mask if you feel it is necessary.
  • Those at risk should continue to wear a mask.
  • SAMK recommends the use of disposable masks. Staff working on campuses can pick them up from office caretakers.
  • A teacher can interrupt a teaching situation if the conditions for a safe and healthy study and work environment are not met in the teaching situation.
  • Events organised by third parties on SAMK's campuses can be held.

Teaching arrangements

Full-time teaching has been transferred to contact teaching by 14 March.

  • The teacher defines how the course will be implemented.
  • The opportunity to participate online in on-campus instruction will not be arranged separately.
  • An exception is international training, where those waiting for a residence permit in Finland and then arranging their arrival are included in contact teaching through the network.
  • Recording contact teaching and making recordings available to students also improves the learning of both those present and others.
  • Studies compliant to personal study plans are also offered at CampusOnline and other universities of applied sciences, as well as in SAMK's nonstop studies and multimodal and online implementations. Guidance of tutors, study counselors and teachers to demonstrate these ways of studying is very important.

COVID-19 infection

Campus operations, visits, transactions

  1. Please, come to the campus only when you are healthy. Do not take the slightest risk of infecting others in our study and work environment.
  2. It is possible to invite visitors to campuses.
    • Visitors always have a responsible person on SAMK's staff. Visitors will be invited to gather at the campus information point/lobby where they will be picked up. The person in charge is responsible for guidance at SAMK and for ensuring that visitors are aware of SAMK's COVID-19 situation instructions. The person in charge will accompany the visitors during the visit and escort them out of the campus.
  3. The lunchtime sectioning marked on the timetables must absolutely be obeyed.
  4. The restaurant service providers instruct the students and personnel on food safety issues.
  5. CampusMowe group exercise takes health-safe activities into account.

Instructions for students

  1. Please come to campus in good health. Remember hand and cough hygiene. Those with respiratory symptoms and those exposed to corona are advised to stay at home until symptoms have resolved.
  2. Information for incoming exchange and international degree students is updated here.
  3. In matters related to well-being, SAMK's student well-being page helps.
  4. In teaching situations where special equipment is used, the student is given a disinfectant spray and paper with which the student disinfects the necessary surfaces before and after the teaching situation. Teachers instruct on disinfection at the start of the event.
  5. The aim is that the students belonging to risk groups can continue their studies safely.
    • Students belonging to risk group must prove that they are at risk with a certificate issued by a doctor treating a long-term illness (not FSHS).
    • When necessary, the student belonging to a risk group contacts the teacher of the course to agree on the progress of studies and the exams.
  6. It is essential to follow the scheduled lunch times and class timetables, or any other staggered schedules.
  7. Teaching is conducted according to the timetable.
  8. The students should install the Tuudo application so that they can receive critical information on the situation. You can download the Tuudo application for free from the App Store or Google Play. Use your student ID (student number) when you log in to the application for the first time. No further log-ins are required.

Exam instructions

  1. EXAM facilities have up-to-date health and safety arrangements and every other machine is in use.
    • In EXAM rooms, all exam places are back in use. Health security activities continue to be carried out in accordance with SAMK's guidelines.
  2. Exams should be organized in a COVID-19-safe manner. Also, while waiting for access to the exam room, remember the safety distances.
  3. Due to the COVID-19 situation, no extra exam passes can be obtained. Exceptional exam arrangements are considered normal exam arrangements.

Travelling instructions for students

  1. The students and personnel are asked to continue to consider the risks associated with travelling abroad.
  2. Training exchanges and work placements to abroad are allowed, taking into account the recommendations and decisions by the authorities of Finland and the country of destination.

Detailed instructions for employees

  1. It is possible for administrative and support staff to work remotely up to three days a week, as agreed with the supervisor. Be sure to sign a remote work agreement at ServiceDesk.
  2. If the employee or a member of their immediate family is at risk of COVID-19, extended remote working may be agreed with the supervisor until the end of 2022 if work allows.
  3. Remember to continue to take care of the use of masks, safety distances and hand and cough hygiene. If necessary, assembly restrictions can be re-enabled.
  4. Use public testing services for coronavirus testing; private testing with your own expense.
  5. There are no COVID-19 vaccinations available centrally on campuses through occupational health care, so it is advisable to take the vaccine as part of the public service when it comes to your own vaccination shift.
  6. When you walk through a locked door on campus with an electronic key (or code), no other people can be allowed on campus at the same time (note in particular the door leading to the K-kauppa on the SAMK Campus Pori).
    • In general, no one without the right of access can be admitted from doors requiring access (except for guests accompanied by a SAMK staff member).
  7. Pay special attention to safety clearances at staff coffee rooms.
  8. It is essential to follow the scheduled lunch times and class timetables.
  9. If you belong to a risk group and need to work on the campus, contact your superior. Instructions by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) for the risk groups of a severe coronavirus disease: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/risk-groups-for-severe-coronavirus-disease
  10. The superior´s right to accept absence due to illness has been extended to seven days. The original work instructions will otherwise apply. Please, come to the campus only when you are healthy.

Travelling instructions for personnel

  1. International business travel of personnel no longer requires a risk assessment by HR. The risk assessment is carried out by the traveling person together with his / her supervisor.
    • Staff exchanges are possible within the framework of when you can travel from or to Finland.
    • Incoming staff exchange follows the instructions of the Finnish border guard and THL.
  2. SAMK has comprehensive travel and accident insurance for its personnel, which also reimburses medical expenses if you get COVID-19 on a business trip.
    Short study-related international visits

    • For short international visits related to studies, the person in charge at SAMK makes a risk assessment and a decision on the incoming or outgoing group with his / her supervisor.
    • Study-related travel abroad or the arrival of a group from abroad (an individual group or an event organized by SAMK) on SAMK's campuses is possible in good health.
    • The team must have insurance cover provided by the sending university or other educational institution or other statement to prepare for the costs that may be incurred in treating the illness, quarantining or testing the COVID-19.
    • Departures and arrivals must follow the current COVID-19 guidelines of the destination country and follow the national guidelines of the country of departure and destination. FINENTRY is recommended to be used whenever traveling to Finland.
  3. If you are planning to travel abroad, please, check the up-to-date information on travel recommendations on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ website, https://um.fi/entering-finland-and-travelling-abroad and FINENTRY, https://www.finentry.fi/
  4. Also note that if an employee is put in quarantine during spare time travels, the employer is not responsible for this.
    • If the employee is unable to do distance work during the quarantine, the quarantine period must be taken as unpaid leave, or use the annual leave or flexi-leave for this purpose.
  5. The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) can pay a sickness allowance on account of an infectious disease to employees who have been ordered to stay away from work in order to prevent the spread of an infectious disease, such as the coronavirus.
    • A guardian under the age of 16 is entitled to an infectious disease daily allowance if the child has been quarantined and is therefore unable to work. The daily allowance can also be paid to a person isolated or quarantined in the EU.
  6. If the employee has returned from a trip abroad or a possible infection can be suspected and the person develops symptoms of a respiratory infection, a symptom assessment must be made online in the Omaolo service (omaolo.fi). At the end of the test, the service provides instructions.
    • With other respiratory symptoms you should be remotely connect (telephone, Digiklinikka) occupational health care. Mehiläinen's Omamehiläinen service can be used around the clock online and by downloading a phone application. See more detailed operating instructions on Mehiäinen's website (mehilainen.fi/en).

In situations subject to interpretation, please contact Jari Lahti or Jari Multisilta.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) follows and estimates the situation together with the European Centre for Disease Prevention (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Daily updated review of the situation: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

Information also on the pages of the WHO: https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has travel announcements here: https://um.fi/entering-finland-and-travelling-abroad

25.8.2022 | By: SAMK | Photo: Veera Korhonen