Rules and practical advice
The following rules try to make sure that everybody in Ressu has a pleasant and safe working environment and that the school can operate successfully.
The rules apply to the school premises, school hours and events linked with the school. The premises include the building, the yard and the street area. School hours start with the first lesson and end with the last, and they also include any other events organised by the school.
According to Finnish law (lukiolaki 25§), students must attend school unless they have been granted permission to be absent. Students must take care of their duties diligently and behave appropriately.
Members of the Ressu school community treat each other politely and fairly. Lessons start and end punctually, according to the timetable in use. Tardiness disrupts everybody’s concentration, thus interfering with everyone’s right to work efficiently and effectively. It is not allowed to bring to school anything that is illegal, can be used to harm someone or can be used for destructive purposes (if there is no acceptable reason to bring it along).
During morning assembly (broadcast via the PA system) students must remain quiet. Students who do not belong to the Lutheran church can choose to remain in the corridor if there is a morning assembly with religious content.
Mobile phones must not be used in class outside of study use. During breaks students leave the classrooms and the rooms are kept locked. Order and cleanliness are important in the school. For safety reasons, corridors and staircases must remain free and unblocked.
Students cannot use the car park in the yard.
School property must be handled carefully. In case of any damage, inform the principal/teacher/custodian immediately. The person responsible must compensate for the damage. If somebody is hurt in an accident, inform the nurse/ teacher/ custodian immediately, and if appropriate, provide first aid.
School lunch is for Ressu students/teachers only. Bags and coats must be left outside the cafeteria! Because the cafeteria space is limited, students must eat during the time frame assigned to their class. Students should leave the cafeteria promptly when they have finished their meals to make room for others. Chairs must be lifted up and slid back into their slot under the table.
Special diet requests should be reported to the nurse and the cafeteria staff.
School rules apply to students’ after-school activities that take place on the school premises. Organisations are responsible for their own events. Students attending clubs without the leadership of a teacher are not covered by the school’s insurance policy.
The school building is open from 7.30 am until 5.45 pm.
The school’s insurance policy only covers official school trips. Cruises and other such events organised by the students themselves are not official school trips. Such activities must not occur during school time.
Harassment and bullying
Every Ressu student is important in contributing to our shared study environment and well-being. Everyone here must be treated politely and appropriately. We have zero tolerance for bullying, inappropriate behaviour, harassment and discrimination. Any form of gender-based or sexual harassment is, of course, forbidden. If you feel you have been treated inappropriately or been bullied or harassed: contact someone in the school: your group teacher, school nurse/psychologist/social worker, student counsellors or the principal!
Students can miss classes only if they are ill or have applied and been granted permission to be absent.
If a student is absent, the teacher will make a note of this in the Wilma computer system. These absences must then be explained and cleared in Wilma by the guardian (or student him/herself if over 18) within a week. In order to clear the absence, the guardian must provide a short explanation for the absence.
If a student has missed 4 lessons, s/he must always consult the teacher to find out if it is possible to continue in the course. If you fail to do this, or if the absences are considered a major problem, you can be removed from the course. The teacher contacts the student support team if necessary.
The student or guardian must contact the group teacher if an illness lasts for three or more days.
The lessons that finish the course (Feedback day) are vitally important for success. Make sure you attend! Even if absences during these days do not automatically show up in Wilma, they will be added to total absence count and will have an effect on course assessment. Being absent without a valid reason can affect course grades.
The group teacher can give permission to be absent for 1-3 days (when the absence is known about in advance). For a longer absence request, the request must be submitted to Principal Huovinen. All requests must be made beforehand and in writing.
- Request of Absence (pdf)
Plagiarism and cheating
All forms of plagiarism and cheating are forbidden and students caught will be penalised. Plagiarism refers to the use of any material or ideas (text, pictures, diagrams, and the like) created by another person and the representation of it as one’s own original work. Academic honesty in all its forms is a cornerstone of all studies.
Smoking and intoxicating substances
Students are not allowed to smoke either on the school premises or at any school-related events outside the school building. Students are forbidden to appear intoxicated in the school or in any event organised by the school. This means that alcohol, tobacco, snuff and drugs are forbidden.
Students disrupting the teaching can be asked to leave the room for the duration of the lesson. Students showing disruptive, threatening or violent behaviour can be deprived of their right to attend classes for the remainder of the day or up to three days, if there is a danger of teaching being disrupted or others’ safety is at stake. Students who disrupt teaching, break rules, are found guilty of academic dishonesty (e.g. plagiarism, cheating in an exam) or improper behaviour can be punished.
Punishments include written warnings and suspension (max 1 year). Students suspected of having committed a crime can be deprived of their right to attend school for the duration of the police investigation.
Work and school balance
Upper secondary school studies are demanding. Students must take care of their well-being if they work part-time during their studies. Students cannot work during the school day (8:15-16:15), and it is essential to schedule free time, as well. It is also important to have a proper summer holiday!
In matters not specifically mentioned in these rules, Ressun lukio follows the general laws and ordinances which apply to lukio schools in Finland.