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Tracking of coronavirus affects school health care

  • Because of the increasing number of coronavirus infections, the school health care personnel is moved to the epidemiologic operations unit to work with coronavirus tracking.
  • This means that a nurse won’t necessarily be present in the school the same days as in a normal situation.
  • Planned vaccinations may be delayed and some health checks may be postponed.
  • The school health care nurses return to schools as soon as enough personnel is organised for tracking in other ways.
  • When the nurse is not present in the school, you can contact your own health station in matters related to health.

The objective is to encourage pupils to adopt healthy lifestyles and to provide them with support in terms of development of self-esteem and management of life skills.

Each school has a designated school public health nurse and a school doctor, whose contact information and appointment hours are printed on bulletins distributed to pupils’ homes. Provision of health care services is based on the number of pupils at each school. The City of Helsinki Health Department recommends that one school public health nurse and one school doctor should not be responsible for more than 800 and 6,000 pupils respectively.

At the beginning of comprehensive school, parents fill in a form concerning their child’s current health status. The child’s health card is sent from the child health clinic to the school health care services. Based on this information, the child’s special needs can then be taken into account at schools. During comprehensive school, the school public health nurse aims to hold yearly appointments with every pupil and there are three standard doctor’s appointments (in forms 1, 5 and 8).


09.10.2020 10:29