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School health care services in May and June

School health care services are provided at pupils’ own schools in May and June. School nurses should be contacted primarily by telephone or through electronic services. Pupils can also visit the school nurse’s office without an appointment.

Some school nurses have been assigned to other tasks. At these schools nurse services are not available in May and June. Information on exceptional arrangements will be provided separately by each school.

Pupils with respiratory tract symptoms are not treated in school health care, and children who are ill or exhibit early symptoms of infection (such as fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, headache, muscle pain, stomach ache, lost sense of smell and/or taste, vomiting) should not come to school or attend scheduled appointments. 

School nurses provide information and advice via their own service numbers.

If you suspect that your child have contracted the coronavirus, you can fill in a symptom questionnaire on the Omaolo service ( You can book a test appointment or ask for advice on the Coronavirus Helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (weekdays at 7–20), or, at other times, the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117.

Up-to-date information on services and treatment facilities in Helsinki regarding the coronavirus is available on the City of Helsinki’s website at

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).


27.05.2020 17:57