Corona Virus (Covid-19) School Updates

Welcome to the Chengelo School Corona Virus (Covid-19) update page.

To ensure a single source of accurate information regarding Chengelo's response to Covid-19, you will find any statements  issued by the school below: 

Chengelo School Statements on Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

Statement ID: CS-CVD19-19032020-1


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Parents,

Like you, Chengelo School continues to carefully monitor the spread of Covid-19 around the world. Today we wind up our school programs on campus in preparation for our students to return home. In doing so, we are ensuring all our students are signed up and ready to continue their education remotely through Google Classroom whilst they are away from school.

We fully recognise that there are a number of difficulties for you as parents in trying to ensure your children can continue with their education while limited to using online tools. We also understand that for this to work well, we need a partnership between parents and the school. For this reason, as we set up the Google Classroom platform, we will be connecting parents and guardians to the classrooms to enable you to monitor the work being set for your children whilst they are at home. This access will enable you to assist your sons and daughters in downloading the activities and in responding to them as we go forward.

Of course, this new way of working is not unique to Chengelo at this time. Around the world today, schools and parents are having to establish new routines to ensure that students are able to continue with their studies. We are proud to have highly experienced staff on campus who are already in the process of preparing digital lessons while continuing to mark work and ensure you receive feedback on the progress of your sons and daughters.

That said, we want to do far more than just this. We aim to continue to provide support for our students, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and even physically. In the coming weeks, there will be regular opportunities for our students to join online chat sessions with their tutors, interact with our pastoral team and engage with our Chaplain.

Google Classroom allows us to share a wide variety of resources with you and your children to support them in their learning. Through this crisis, the materials available online across the world have significantly improved and we will guide our students in accessing appropriate interactive content that will ensure learning remains interesting and exciting.

Further details of what to expect via the Google Classroom platform will be shared with you early next week by our Deputy Heads, Mr Paul Vines in Secondary and Mrs Naomi Cowling in Primary.

As our students use the Internet to access these materials at home, it is critical that their online activities are supervised to ensure their safety. Our Head of ICT, Mr Chanda will be sending out a document with guidance and advice on keeping children safe online in due course.

If you run into any technical difficulties with accessing Google Classroom, assistance will be available to guide you through it. Please contact one of the Deputy Heads in the first instance and they will direct your concern to a staff member who can help.

Over this coming week we want to spend time with you ensuring all our students can access these online learning tools and that they are successfully responding to this style of study. It is impossible to say at this stage how long we will need to continue to work in this way but we are confident that with our parents’ support, we can pull together to ensure our students continue to excel.

We look forward to sharing further details with you over the next few days so all students can begin to access assignments as soon as possible next week. We are determined to provide the best support we can for our young people during this rather unsettling time.

We pray that you all travel well, and stay safe.
God Bless,

Andrew Cowling
School Principal

Statement ID: CS-CVD19-17032020-1


17th March 2020


Dear Parents,

As many of you will already have heard, and further to our communication with you yesterday on the current Covid-19 pandemic, we learned today that the Ministry of Health has instructed all schools to close from Friday 20th March 2020.

We are therefore writing to notify you that Chengelo School will complete its learning program on Thursday 19th March 2020 in order to allow all pupils to be collected from 8:00am to 12.00pm on Friday 20th March 2020. Please can we ask you to make the necessary arrangements for your children to be collected promptly on Friday morning.

Please note that we have implemented strict hygiene controls at the entrance to the school so do please assist us in ensuring the continued safety of our community by complying with the required sanitisation procedures. Thank you!

As per government recommendations, if parents are subject to current self-isolation restrictions, please do not travel to the school but instead contact us directly to confirm travel arrangements for your child.

Parents of International students are also requested to contact the school directly to discuss travel arrangements for their children.

To contact the school, please use our usual phone numbers and email address during normal working hours:

Primary: Tel: +260-979-999991       Email:
Secondary:      Tel: +260-979-999992       Email:

For after-hours communication you may call on +260-762-666663.

To ensure our students continue their academic studies without interruption during this period of closure, we are putting a distance learning program in place. Further information on this program will be sent out shortly.

Please can we ask you to ensure that you are signed up with our Parent Portal as this platform will serve as our primary means of communication going forward. An email containing step-by-step instructions on the simple sign-up process will be sent out later today. If you are already registered and using the Parent Portal and smartphone app, please feel free to disregard the email.

The school will issue further statements in due course as the situation develops.
Thank you as always for your support and prayers at this time.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Cowling
School Principal

Statement ID: CS-CVD19-16032020-1

16th March 2020

Dear Parents

In this period of uncertainty regarding the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), we at Chengelo School wish to communicate very clearly with all of our students, parents, and other stakeholders regarding the steps we are taking as a school to protect our community. The health and safety of our children and community is our chief priority and we will do everything in our power to keep them safe.

As a school it is crucial that we take both the risk of contagion as well as our responsibility not to contribute to the spread of the pandemic very seriously.

At the same time, however, we must ensure that we do not spread panic, contribute to misinformation, or react preemptively before it is necessary or helpful.

Please remember that at the moment, we are safe both within the school and within the broader community. Chengelo will remain open until either we assess that a real risk has developed or we are directed by our government authorities to close. In the event of this occurring, we will communicate with you as quickly and thoroughly as possible.=

As the situation surrounding the pandemic is changing rapidly, please carefully read any communication from the school to make sure you have the latest information.

In the meantime, below are the measures we are taking to keep our community safe:

- We are using this as a learning opportunity to educate our children about the spread of disease and to reinforce the importance of proper hygiene, handwashing, and avoiding unnecessary physical contact etc.

- We have put in place hand sanitizing stations at the school gate and we will increase the number of handwashing stations throughout the site. Everyone will be required to sanitize their hands before entering the school campus.

- We will be conducting a thorough, deep cleaning of our entire site.

- As of Monday, 16 March, we have cancelled all events with other schools until further notice.

- We have cancelled all international trips for students and staff.

- We are communicating with all of our staff to ensure that they have the latest, accurate information about the pandemic and effective measures to prevent its spread.

Here is what we would like to ask you to do as members of our community:

- If you have travelled to any infected country within the past fourteen days, please contact us before visiting the school.

- Join us in educating your children about the importance of hygiene.

- Please do not post anything regarding the pandemic on social media that may cause unnecessary anxiety or fear in others.

- For further accurate information about Covid-19, please visit the World Health Organisation website here.

We are aware that schools around the world are closing and we are developing a plan for continuing to provide for the educational needs of our students in the event of school closure. We will update you about this plan if and when this becomes necessary.

Our leadership team is meeting frequently and regularly to evaluate the situation and make decisions accordingly. We will update you immediately as these decisions are made.

Please feel free to contact us at any time you have any questions or concerns.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew  Cowling
Chengelo School

Statement ID: CS-CVD19-30062020-1
30th June 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians

Thank you for your continued support and prayers during these difficult times.

The school has been working hard to ensure the continued quality of our online learning programme. This has been a challenge for staff as well as for students who have had to adapt to learning in new ways.

However, there has been significant progress made, with regular assessments, Google chats, Google meets or Zoom sessions that have provided increased opportunities for students to ask questions and receive support for their learning. It has been encouraging to see that most students are working well and making good progress. Overall, 97% of students have managed to continue their studies online with us during this time of school closure.

On the 14th of June, our senior exam classes were able to come back to school with 96% of Form Five students returned and 60% of Sixth Form students returned.

These students have completed their two weeks of strict social distancing measures and we are now able to ease some restrictions. They will continue to social-distance around the campus and wear face masks in public areas. Hand washing will continue to be an important part of the new normal, however they will now be able to integrate more normally in their hostels and classroom areas.

We are awaiting confirmation from the Zambian Government on when additional year groups will be able to return to school, however, based on the President’s statement last Friday, we do not expect this to happen during the cold season and as such, we are working towards September being the next phase of school opening.

It is clear as we look forward that the experience of living through this pandemic will not leave us unchanged. Students and staff have had to adapt to working in a new environment with many challenges, but undoubtedly there are some positive aspects that we will wish to retain:

- An increased transparency in education. Online education has allowed pupils, parents, and teachers to work together in a much more open environment. This has been beneficial for many of our students.

- Online learning has encouraged students to work independently to a higher level than they have been used to and this in itself has been a positive development for many.

- Staff and students have been had to be creative in how they accomplish tasks and there have been many positive examples of where this has produced outstanding learning opportunities.

We assure you of our continued commitment to the education of our students during this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming all our students back to Chengelo in the near future.

Please note that next Monday and Tuesday are public holidays so the work being set for next week will reflect this.
May I wish you all a very happy Heroes and Unity weekend and as always, please feel free to contact us at any time should you have any questions or concerns.

Stay safe and God bless

Andrew Cowling
School Principal