October 2, 2020 Letter to all students concerning Period 2

Hello all,

A few very important issues:

1) A memorial service is held on Monday, the 5th of October, at 10.45 in form groups. You begin your position 3 lesson normally in the classroom and at the time it says in Wilma for that particular lesson. Approx. at 10.30-10.35 the subject teacher ends his/her lesson and sends you to the classrooms below (if you are not already there) for the memorial service.

20I: Z 19I: L 18I: R
20K: C 19K: A 18K: H
2) Espoo is in a critical phase regarding Corona. Please follow the new recommendations regarding face masks. Our main goal is to be able to continue with classroom teaching which means it's up to all of us to help out. MAINTAIN GOOD HYGIENE, AVOID CLOSE CONTACT, USE FACE MASKS, STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK, FOLLOW YOUR OWN LUNCH TIMES. Thank you.

3) The schedule should now be accurate in WIlma concerning period 2. We had to be extremely creative to make everything work. Please check your schedule carefully and several times during the week (or even per day!), ie. check the time and classroom, so you are in the right place at the right time. The teachers might still find some errors in the schedule, but we will make sure to fix them during the weekend.

4) During next week, we will participate in the school center's annual mandatory evacuation drill. Follow the instructions given via the central radio when the exercise begins. Safety distances must be kept even during the drill.

Have a wonderful weekend after the evaluation week!

Sincerely,

Saana

September 24, 2020 Letter to all students in the end of period 1

Hello all!

Well done all of you who have had normal teaching here at school and you who have studied from home! On Friday, the evaluation week begins and period 1 is coming to an end.

We welcome back our 3rd year students on Friday! They have worked diligently from their "home offices" and participated in the matriculation exams. Due to this I would like to remind you all: from Friday and onwards we have a full house again with 600+ students. At the same time, the number of Corona cases have risen sharply in Finland and especially during the past week. Think carefully how you behave:

  • Wash your hands more often than usual and use "käsidesi" which is available in every classroom and in the dining hall.
  • Eat only during your own lunch break. You are under no circumstances allowed to go and eat before 11.45 as it is the comprehensive school lunch time!
  • Avoid large gatherings in your free time.
  • Do not come to school with symptoms.
  • If you receive a message in Koronavilkku that you have been exposed, follow the health care officials instructions. If needed: notify your form teacher, stay in voluntary quarantine and contact the subject teacher if you need more guidance than what is available in the Classroom, etc.

We hope that this way we can all help out in maintaining our teaching as classroom education. But of course, we cannot completely control how the situation develops in Espoo. Be prepared that during the autumn, tough decisions regarding distance education might become relevant.

Period 2 starts on the 5th of October 10 with our staggered schedule. The schedule will be correct in Wilma towards the end of next week. I will send a separate message when you can completely trust Wilma's schedule.

Many of you probably have questions concerning school events such as the Christmas concert, Penkkarit and Old dances. The school is planning, as we speak, all these events together with the students, but naturally taking into account safety measures and planning alternative ways of carrying out the events. The last thing we want to do is to completely cancel these events. However, the Christmas concert is a trickier issue as it is held so late in the evening, so please, be prepared that Tuesday the 22nd of December might end up being a regular school day, if the Christmas concert can not be arranged the night before due to the pandemic.

For your information, all of you (students, guardians and staff) will soon receive a link to a survey regarding working days and holidays 2021-2022, ie. NEXT academic year. A separate Wilma message will be sent later with only that as its content.

Good luck with your upcoming tests!

Sincerely,

Saana

September 11, 2020

Hello all!

The annual flu season is ongoing as we speak, which has led to almost half of the students in some teaching groups being forced to stay home with sniffles / a cough.

Some general advice for all these students:

  • To find out what you are missing out on, please check FIRST the digital platform(s) that the teacher uses, in most cases Google Classroom. And IF you are - after doing that  -STILL unsure of what to do, contact the subject teacher via Wilma.
  • remember that absences are reported to the form supervisor, not the subject teacher.

So far, we do not have any confirmed Corona cases here in Mattliden and thus no large numbers of exposed students. The situation can change overnight, but here's keeping our fingers crossed!

If you are wondering about any possible distance learning periods, I would like to say the following:

  • if we get a Corona case and thus a large number of exposed students is quarantined, some form of distance study period for the cohort(s) concerned will certainly be discussed. We will naturally inform everyone.
  • if the number of Corona cases increases sharply in Espoo so that a massive distance learning decision has to be made in all Espoo high schools, this is discussed thoroughly at the city level and eventual decisions are made only after these discussions. We at Mattliden will not on our own proactively decide on these matters ourselves.
  • if the corona situation remains at the current level (the situation in Espoo has actually slightly improved lately), we will continue with classroom education with all cohorts. We welcome our 3rd year students back to school when the evaluation week begins on 25.9, but recommend that those who still have matriculation exams 28-29.9 or 1.10 decide for themselves whether it would be a good idea that they stay at home until the matriculation exams are over.
  • regardless of the scenarios above, we will continue in period 2 with the cohort-wise staggered schedule. We will, however, adjust it so that the self-study lessons will be distributed evenly over all 8 positions instad of them being concentrated on 4 positions. The schedule will be visible in Wilma but only after the students have clicked their course choices for period 2, ie. first towards the end of September.

Hang in there! Have a nice weekend! 

Saana

August 21, 2020

Hello all students!

PHEW, what a week! We congratulate you for surviving endlessly changing Wilma schedules and peculiar lesson and recess times! There were, as expected, some minor mistakes in the schedule as late as yesterday, but luckily our teachers had their eyes open and these mistakes have been fixed. But check your schedule at regular intervals so that you always know when and where to attend your lessons. The daily routines will probably get going next week when both the students and the teachers are familiar with the classrooms in the school center and have come up with working methods that also provide time for breaks and rest.

Major decisions have been made this week regarding distance teaching and the graduation festivities, but remember: until 1.9, we have the whole high school here in the school center in classroom teaching. The 3rd year students (both national and IB) have understandably began to worry about the upcoming distance period. We assure you that

  1. the teachers will take excellent care of you even then and will be available as if the lessons were in the classroom
  2. the IB2s will not have distance learning throughout the fall semester. If after 24.9 we need to continue to have one or two cohorts in distance teaching, we will rotate the cohorts. This way the situation will be equal between all students in Mattlidens gymnasium and all students will learn to handle distance studies, which is important for future university studies. So everyone will "take the heat" and help out in dealing with the corona epidemic. The IB2s is the cohort we begin with with due to the very vulnerable matriculation exams that are approaching. Even though our IB2s do not participate in these exams, many of their friends do. The students' social activities extend beyond study lines. It was just on the news last night that an entire high school in Helsinki is now in distance teaching due to corona cases among 3rd year students. And all IB students know by now of the chaos regarding the cancelled May 2020 IB Finals. We have your safety in mind in these kind of decisions, even if it now might feel unfair.
  3. Due to the long period of distance teaching in the spring and the special arrangements now in the fall, we will offer more support than usual in the form of support lessons ("tukiopetus"). Support lessons can be arranged at school or via distance and either during skips or after school at 3 pm. The teacher agrees with his/her students how the extra support measures take place. The extra support can also be arranged so that the teachers, during some lessons, divide their teaching groups into two and have therefore 2 teachers present during the lesson. We strongly encourage our teachers to begin with these support measures as early as next week.

But what matters now is to inhale and exhale. It's all good! We will survive this and you're not alone!

Sincerely,

Saana and Sussie