Rules and regulations

Approved by the Board of the Viikki Teacher Training School on 18 May 2009.

Objectives
These rules and regulations aim to ensure undisturbed work, safety and satisfaction at school. These rules and regulations apply during school hours, on school trips and in all school-related activities. 

The school’s duty is to encourage pupils and students to follow good manners. By behaving well, all members of the school community aim to allow others to work in peace. These rules and regulations are discussed with pupils and students every year, and class-specific specifications are added if necessary. Any pupil or student disturbing school peace or the school’s operations can be punished in a way defined in the Basic Education Act or the General Upper Secondary Schools Act.

Day-to-day work
Promote general school order with good behaviour. Behave appropriately and according to good manners with all members of the school community and visitors. Inappropriate and offensive language and bullying are forbidden. Everyone can prevent bullying.

Attend class on time, adhere to deadlines and complete assignments as instructed. Give your teacher a reason for your absence, tardiness or failure to do your homework. 

Dress according to the weather and your timetable. Keep your outdoor clothing in the designated place. Do not enter classrooms, the lunch room or any other specified facilities in your outdoor clothing or wearing a hat.

Morning assemblies are held at the scheduled time for all pupils, students and teachers present at the time. If you are absent from the morning assembly, you will marked late to class. During morning assemblies held by the church, pupils and students belonging to a different denomination will attend a separate assembly. In morning assemblies held in the auditorium, sit in your class’s row.

Attend school meals unless your guardian has requested for you to be exempted. Eat your meal in the lunch room. Observe good manners and clean up after yourself. Do not take food or drink to the classrooms, the library or the auditoriums. In comprehensive school grades 1–6, sweets and soft drinks are only allowed with the teacher's permission.

Spend recess in the designated areas. Comprehensive school pupils must not leave the school area during their school day.

At school and when going to and from school, ensure your own safety and that of others. Leave your bike, roller skates, scooter, skateboard or any other equipment in the designated areas. They are not allowed indoors; in the school yard, their use is only allowed with a teacher’s permission.

You must not possess, use or be under the influence of tobacco products, intoxicants or drugs at school, on school premises or at any event organised by the school.

Be careful with your own property and that of others. You are liable for any damage you cause. Only bring valuables, money or other goods not related to schoolwork to school under your own and your parents’ responsibility. Follow your teacher’s instructions when using the school’s ICT equipment. Dangerous items are not allowed at school. 

To distribute any printed announcements or information, ask the principal’s permission.

The library is intended for quiet work. Follow the library’s instructions.

Ensure that school facilities and grounds are clean and pleasant. Protect and save the environment.
 

Supplementary instructions

Comprehensive school

Tardiness
If a pupil is late, the teacher informs the guardian through Wilma, email or post. In grades 7–9, tardiness can affect the course grade. In addition, if a pupil is marked late five times in one period, the pupil gets one hour of detention. If a pupil is absent from the morning assembly, he or she is marked late to class.

Absence
Guardians must inform the class teacher, class supervisor or school office of their child’s absence on the third day of absence at the latest. All absences are documented in Wilma, and guardians are notified of them through Wilma, email or a letter. Teachers can grant permission for three-day absences and the principal for longer absences. When requesting an absence in advance, please complete the holiday application form available in the school office and on the school’s website.

Removal from class
If a pupil or student disturbs instruction, he or she can be removed from class.
The pupil or student must then follow the teacher’s instructions.

General upper secondary school

Tardiness
Being repeatedly late can lower the course grade.

Absence
Any sudden absences, e.g., due to an illness, must be informed to the students’ class supervisor or the school office. If a student falls ill during an examination week, the school office or course teacher must be notified before the course examination begins. Upon request, students must submit a guardian’s written statement or a doctor’s certificate to the school.

When requesting an absence in advance, please complete the holiday application form available in the school office and on the school’s website. Teachers can grant permission for three-day absences and the principal for longer absences. 

All absences are documented in Wilma, where the guardian or 18-year-old students themselves must justify them. All absences must be accounted for within three days of the absence. If a student has more than four unaccounted absences from a course, the principal and the course teacher can decide not to grade the course. Students can only complete such ungraded courses by retaking them. 

Students are responsible for completing any assignments given during their absence.