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Important information for Parents and Carers during the COVID19 pandemic

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Coronavirus information for parents/carers

COVID Update Tuesday 1st December

We have been informed today that a student has returned a positive test for coronavirus (Covid 19). We wish this student all the very best for a speedy recovery.

Following the completion of a Risk Assessment with Public Health services, it will be necessary for a number of students from Year 7 and Year 11 to self-isolate for fourteen days as a result. The parents of all students who are required to self-isolate have been informed by letter (these are all named letters) which has been handed out and was sent on ParentMail tomorrow morning. If you are still in doubt, please phone the school on 01582 599921 where a member of staff will be able to help you. The period of self-isolation will end on Wednesday 9th December and all boys are to return to school on Thursday 10 December.

Self-isolation means that students are required to stay at home and not leave the house for the duration. It is very important to follow this advice, even if your son feels well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from his last contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus ( COVID-19 ). Self-isolating in this way will help protect your family, friends and the wider community.

All students who are self-isolating should use Google Classroom to continue with their school work remotely for the period of isolation. A member of staff will ring in the next few days to check your son knows what to do.

Mrs J Warren
Deputy Head Teacher

COVID 19 Update Monday 30th November

We have been informed today that two students in Year 9 have returned a positive test for coronavirus (Covid 19). We wish these students all the very best for a speedy recovery.

Following the completion of a Risk Assessment with Public Health services, it will be necessary for a number of students from Year 9 to self-isolate for fourteen days as a result. The parents of all students who are required to self-isolate have been informed by letter (these are all named letters) which has been handed out and will be sent on ParentMail tomorrow morning. If you are still in doubt, please phone the school on 01582 599921 where a member of staff will be able to help you. The period of self-isolation will end on the 9th December Thursday and all boys are to return to school on Thursday 10 December.

Self-isolation means that students are required to stay at home and not leave the house for the duration. It is very important to follow this advice, even if your son feels well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from his last contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus ( COVID-19 ). Self-isolating in this way will help protect your family, friends and the wider community.

All students who are self-isolating should use Google Classroom to continue with their school work remotely for the period of isolation. A member of staff will ring in the next few days to check your son knows what to do.

Mrs J Warren | Deputy Head Teacher

Message for Self-Isolating Students Friday 20th November 

Dear parents and carers,

This is a joint message from Challney High School for Boys and Challney High School for Girls:

We hope this finds you and your families well. At the moment your child is self-isolating either because her class bubble or because part of his year group is at home. I hope that she/he is accessing the work set on Google classroom and is keeping up with the work set. Remember, your child can contact her/his teachers via email with any queries.

Please remember also that, as part of the process of self-isolation, your daughter/son should be at home and not mixing with others outside the household; this does include meeting siblings at the school gate at primary schools. In normal circumstances, our local primary school head teachers are very pleased to see former students, but at the moment, it is essential that we all follow the government regulations and remain at home when isolating.

Thank you for your cooperation with this. Have a restful weekend,

Kind Regards,

Jo Mylles and Daniel Connor | Head Teachers

COVID 19 Update Friday 13th November 2

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you all for your continued support through these difficult times. We have greatly appreciated your support. You have kept us informed of cases within your family, have kept your son at home if he has displayed any symptoms and you have responded quickly when we have had to send a class bubble or a year group home. This has made everything as smooth as it can be given the situation.

Thank you also for reinforcing the messages about hand hygiene at home and the importance of face masks in corridors and communal areas.

You will all be aware that cases are rising in Luton and that some schools will be moving to a rota system in the very near future.

At Challney Boys, we are planning for different scenarios so we are ready, if and when we have to do this. We will keep you informed about any move to rotas in the future. The situation is fast-moving and we will perhaps have to react quickly but we will do our best to inform you with the least delay possible. We will of course provide remote learning for students should this happen.

 Thank you for your support. Your sons have coped exceptionally well with all the challenges and changes to their school routine.

 If you have any immediate queries, please address them to admin@challneyboys.co.uk

 With kind regards,

Mr Connor | Head Teacher

COVID 19 Update Friday 13th November 1

As the infection rate nationally continues to increase, there will inevitably be cases in school from time to time and we have been informed today that two students have returned a positive test for coronavirus (Covid 19). We wish these students all the very best for a speedy recovery.

Following the completion of a Risk Assessment with Public Health services, it will be necessary for a number of students from different year groups to self-isolate for fourteen days as a result. The parents of all students who are required to self-isolate have been informed by letter which has been handed out and sent on Parent Mail. If you are still in doubt, please phone the school on 01582 599921 where a member of staff will be able to help you. The period of self-isolation will end on either the 23rd or 25th of November 2020 (depending on the case).

Self-isolation means that students are required to stay at home and not leave the house for the duration. It is very important to follow this advice, even if your son feels well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from his last contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus ( COVID-19 ). Self-isolating in this way will help protect your family, friends and the wider community.

All students who are self-isolating should use Google Classroom to continue with their school work remotely for the period of isolation.

Mrs J Warren | Deputy Head Teacher

COVID 19 Update Tuesday 10th November

As the infection rate nationally continues to increase, there will inevitably be cases in school from time to time and we have been informed today that a member of staff has returned a positive test for coronavirus (Covid 19). We wish our colleague all the very best for a speedy recovery.

Following the completion of a Risk Assessment with Public Health services, it will be necessary for a number of students from each year group to self-isolate for fourteen days as a result. The parents of all students who are required to self-isolate have been informed by letter, so if you have not received a letter via your son informing you that he should self-isolate, he can attend school as normal. If you are still in doubt, please phone the school on 01582 599921 where a member of staff will be able to help you. The period of self-isolation will end after the half-term break on Friday 20 November 2020 when, as long as there have been no further cases reported, all students will be able to return to school on Monday 23rd November.

Self-isolation means that students are required to stay at home and not leave the house for the duration. It is very important to follow this advice, even if your son feels well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from his last contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus ( COVID-19 ). Self-isolating in this way will help protect your family, friends and the wider community.

All students who are self-isolating should use Google Classroom to continue with their school work remotely for the period of isolation.

 

In order to keep our School and further community safe please remember:

  • Keep your son at home if he or anyone else in the household becomes symptomatic, arrange for a test and inform the school if it is positive.
  • Observe regular hygiene routines.
  • Maintain a social distance from others of one metre or more as much as possible.
  •        If your son is self-isolating, ensure he does not leave the house until the period of isolation is over.
  • Remind your son to follow the one-way system around the school as well as the separate entrances and outdoor “bubble” spaces.
  • Ensure your son has a clean, reusable face mask every day, to wear in our public, indoor areas such as corridors.
  • If you are not sure about any of the above, contact school.

The way in which we have all pulled together as a school to look after each other is a real credit to you as parents, to your sons and to the staff. In this way, we are protecting our young peoples’ education and we are protecting the health of the community.

Daniel Connor | Head Teacher

COVID 19 Update Tuesday 20th October

As the infection rate nationally continues to increase, there will inevitably be cases in school from time to time and we have been informed today that a member of staff has returned a positive test for coronavirus (Covid 19). We wish our colleague all the very best for a speedy recovery.

Following the completion of a Risk Assessment with Public Health services, it will be necessary for a number of students from each year group to self-isolate for fourteen days as a result. The parents of all students who are required to self-isolate have been informed by letter, so if you have not received a letter via your son informing you that he should self-isolate, he can attend school as normal. If you are still in doubt, please phone the school on 01582 599921 where a member of staff will be able to help you. The period of self-isolation will end after the half-term break on Monday 2nd November 2020 when, as long as there have been no further cases reported, all students will be able to return to school.

Self-isolation means that students are required to stay at home and not leave the house for the duration. It is very important to follow this advice, even if your son feels well, as symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear from his last contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus ( COVID-19 ). Self-isolating in this way will help protect your family, friends and the wider community.

All students who are self-isolating should use Google Classroom to continue with their school work remotely for the rest of this week.

We continue to apply all our Covid-security routines consistently and diligently. As long as we all do so, we will continue to minimise the spread of infection and minimise the need for groups of students to self-isolate, so please take every opportunity to discuss with your son the importance of following these routines. As the number of infections nationally continues to rise, we wish to ensure we are doing everything we can to support our community by keeping school as Covid-secure as possible. To help with this, after half-term, we will be introducing a “Rule of Six” for students when they are playing outside during break times. Our older students are already very sensible and mature about maintaining an appropriate distance from each other when they are outside, but our younger students need more support with this, which is why the “Rule of Six” is being introduced. If you are a parent or carer of a student at the school, please discuss this with him and make sure he understands that when staff instruct him to mix with no more than five other students, he must follow this guidance.

Remember:

  • Keep your son at home if he or anyone else in the household becomes symptomatic, arrange for a test and inform the school if it is positive.
  • Observe regular hygiene routines.
  • Maintain a social distance from others of one metre or more as much as possible.
  • Remind your son that, from Monday November 2nd, he must observe the “Rule of Six” when playing outside
  • Remind your son to follow the one-way system around the school as well as the separate entrances and outdoor “bubble” spaces.
  • Ensure your son has a clean, reusable face mask every day, to wear in our public, indoor areas such as corridors.
  • If you are not sure about any of the above, contact school.

The way in which we have all pulled together as a school to look after each other is a real credit to you as parents, to your sons and to the staff. In this way, we are protecting our young peoples’ education and we are protecting the health of the community.

Daniel Connor | Head Teacher

COVID 19 Update Monday 5th October 

I am pleased to report that no students returned positive test results last week and so currently, no groups of students are required to self-isolate. We are keeping in touch with a very few individual students who are self-isolating and we will continue to support them with their remote learning.

Parents are aware that our current Covid-security measures require students to eat their lunch outside as long as the weather is dry. Outside is generally a much safer, virus-free environment than indoors and it means that we can avoid large gatherings of students in confined spaces such as the school canteens. On Friday of last week, because the weather was so bad, students ate their lunch in the school hall, the Buttery and the Green Room. This required much higher levels of hygiene, mask-wearing and adult supervision and I am pleased to say that the students responded very sensibly so that we could continue to ensure everybody was as safe from the transmission of infection as possible. I would like to thank the students for their mature behaviour and also to thank the staff, many of whom gave up their lunch breaks and their morning breaks in order to supervise students in the dry. We hope that there will not be too many days through the autumn and winter months when we experience such extreme weather conditions.

We continue to apply all our Covid-security routines consistently and diligently. As long as we all do so, we will continue to minimise the spread of infection and minimise the need for groups of students to self-isolate.

Remember:

  • Keep your son at home if he or anyone else in the household becomes symptomatic.
  • Observe regular hygiene routines.
  • Maintain a social distance from others of one metre or more as much as possible.
  • Remind your son to follow the one-way system around the school as well as the separate entrances and outdoor “bubble” spaces.
  • Ensure your son has a clean, reusable face mask every day, to wear in our public, indoor areas such as corridors.
  • If you are not sure about any of the above, contact school.

The way in which we have all pulled together as a school to look after each other is a real credit to you as parents, to your sons and to the staff. In this way, we are protecting our young peoples’ education and we are protecting the health of the community.

Daniel Connor | Head Teacher

COVID 19 Update Monday 28th September

We were pleased to welcome our two Year 7 groups, who had been self-isolating, back to school on Thursday last week, and this morning we were delighted to welcome back our Year 11 students who had also been self-isolating. I am pleased to say that, at the moment, no groups of students are required to self-isolate and all year groups are in school.

As we move into autumn and winter, we will continue to apply all our Covid-security routines consistently and diligently. Although it is highly likely that there will be more instances where we are required to ask some groups to self-isolate, as long as we are all consistent in the application of our routines:

  • Staying at home and getting a test if we are symptomatic
  • Observing regular hygiene routines
  • Maintaining a social distance from others of one metre or more as much as possible
  • Following the one-way system around school as well as the separate entrances and outdoor “bubble” spaces
  • Wearing a face mask in our public, indoor areas such as corridors,

we will be able to minimise the spread of infection and minimise the need for groups of students to self-isolate.

It is important that if a group is required to self-isolate, those boys do stay at home for the full duration as required. To help protect the wider community, please do not ask them to run community errands such as shopping or collecting siblings from school.

Thanks to all parents for your tremendous support for our current safety routines.

Daniel Connor | Head Teacher

OK TO GO TO SCHOOL?

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthybody/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

 

COVID 19 Update Monday 21st September

School has continued to be calm and purposeful this week and all the boys are continuing to follow the COVID security routines to minimise the spread of infection, diligently and positively. In my last update, I noted that inevitably, there will be cases from time to time of children testing positively for the virus and, when they do, we follow all the Public Health England guidelines to the letter. As you know, some Year 7 boys are currently working at home and self-isolating as a result and, this week, students in Year 11 are also working from home and self-isolating. If there are no more positive tests in those year groups, the Year 7 students will return on 25th September and the Year 11 students will return on Monday 28th September. In keeping with Public Health guidance, no other students need to remain at home unless they are unwell with symptoms of COVID 19.

As ever, we ask parents to remember that, if any child in their family is unwell with COVID 19 symptoms, please arrange for them to be tested and inform the school of the result. Please also remind your children of the importance of hand hygiene at home and at school and also of the importance of following the ‘Catch it. Bin it, Kill it’ routine and all the other school routines such as the one-way system, helping to clean surfaces, wearing face-masks in the corridor and staying in their designated bubbles, that are there to minimise the spread of infection.

If you have any urgent queries, please email admin@challneyboys.co.uk.

PARENTS HANDBOOK FOR SAFE OPENING HANDBOOK | FOR SEPTEMBER 2020-2021 PARENTS

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please read this handbook thoroughly with your son and discuss the contents with him. You may also wish to watch the supporting instructional video which we will make available to all parents. We will send a link to the video to you by ParentMail.

The handbook summarises the key control measures that we have put in place in order to be able to open safely and securely for all students in September for the Academic Year 2020-21. For these control measures to be effective, it is essential that your son understands them fully and that he understands the need to follow them sensibly, cooperatively, and maturely at all times.

 

 

FACE COVERINGS IN SCHOOL

In line with national policy, all staff and students at Challney High School for Boys must wear a face covering when moving through shared areas in school. Please see our Q&A Fact Sheet for more information.