Orientation Essentials

FAQs About Opening

It is our continued intention to welcome all students back this September whenever it is safe for them to do so. Provincial guidelines permitting, students are welcome to arrive on campus early (after August 10), having finished any required self-isolation period. We have designated opening days between September 8 and 12, with classes starting on September 14. 
Please read our frequently asked questions below. If you have any questions that you can't find the answers to, please contact the Admissions Office.


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  • What can I expect during Orientation/Opening Days?

    Opening Days are a chance for you to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, learn your way around campus and start to feel at home at LCS. 

    During Opening Days, there will be paper house games and times for houses to play games together. Each house will have time to spend together in community, for both day and boarding students as well as in-person and remote students.

    There will also be time for you to unpack and settle in, meet with your Advisor, learn how to navigate and use Edsby, set some intentions for the year and have fun!
  • What will this year's Grad Leadership Conference look like?

    We look forward to welcoming all of our Grade 12 students (LCS Grads), both in-person and remote, on Tuesday, September 8 for the start of their year! Read more about what to expect at The Grad Leadership Conference.
  • How do I make travel arrangements from the Toronto airport?

    To help us with our planning we are asking all new and returning day and boarding families (domestic and international) to please complete the following LCS Student Travel and Arrivals Form so that we have a better understanding of your needs. If you are joining us remotely, please indicate so in the form.
  • What medical information does the school need?

    Please ensure that medical forms are up-to-date and forwarded to the school prior to school opening through the eRegistration system. In order to provide safe and responsible care for your child, we cannot allow students to stay at the school without this vital information.
  • Do we need to label our children’s belongings?

    Yes, all personal clothing and belongings (books, iPods, etc.) should be labelled. This will help us with “lost and found” items during the school year. School uniform items delivered to LCS will be labelled by Top Marks.
  • When does my child need their school uniform?

    Please ensure that your child has the proper classroom dress uniform and Formal Dress for the beginning of the school year, by logging into the Top Marks website with our school code LCS01 and ordering online. You will find sizing charts, a catalogue showing the various clothing items available, and Frequently Asked Questions with answers on their website. You may also contact Top Marks by phone 1.800.667.7105 if you require assistance in purchasing uniform items.  It is particularly important for Grade 12 students to have their Formal Dress (including navy blazer) during Opening Week, as it is required for grad photos.

    Read more about Standard Dress.
  • What items does my child need for classes?

    Students may bring school supplies (binders, pens, paper, etc.) with them or purchase these at School Stores. Each student should also have some kind of “book bag” or knapsack for taking home schoolwork, etc. Textbooks will be issued by subject teachers on the first few days of classes.

School Life

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  • How can we take care of ourselves throughout the day when our schedules are hectic?

    The new schedule will allow for less hectic days since students will have three classes per day instead of four. Fewer transitions and courses to manage at once should help us all feel less stretched.

    The WIN (What I Need) time created at the end of classes and before co-curriculars was created to give students a window of protected time to do what they need each day; connect with a friend, have a 1:1 conversation with a teacher, advisor or coach, breathe, read a book, go for a walk in the woods, etc.

    We've also built intentional community building time into our academic day so that students have time to connect and check in with each other.

    Grove Time will still exist at lunch which will allow students to connect with teachers for extra help or enrichment or connect with peers to work on a group assignment. The waterfront, gym and fitness centre will also be open during this time if getting outside and active will help students regain focus during their final class of the day.
  • Will co-curriculars be offered this year?

    Yes! View our 2020/21 Co-curricular Program Offerings for an overview of all of the programs that we are planning to offer this year. Our large outdoor campus allows us to run many of our recreational athletics programs and individual competitive athletics such as tennis and cross country running. Following CISAA Guidelines for fall term competitive sports, our goal is to involve all of our students in skill-building programs with the hopes of playing modified intramural competition before moving to inter-school competitions as conditions allow. We will also continue to offer a rich variety of Arts programs.

    The gym, fitness centre and music practice rooms will be available to students during lunch and spares as physical distancing and safety guidelines allow.
  • Will there be town/Peterborough leave? Will boarding students be able to see family and go home on weekends?

    Students will still be granted leave to the Village of Lakefield and Peterborough with some restrictions, in accordance with current local guidelines and the standards outlined in the School Life Guide (SLG).

    Students must take or wear a mask while on leave as they are required by Ontario Health to wear their mask in a store, restaurant, etc. Students should also take their own hand sanitizer with them when they are on leave.

    The number of students on leave at any given time may be restricted by residential staff to ensure that appropriate physical distancing is possible for students while on leave.
  • What are meals going to look like? Will we be able to eat with friends and, if so, where?

    We are committed to eating together outside as often as possible, weather permitting. More outdoor eating spaces will be created with the addition of tents close to the Dining Hall, picnic numbers and more Muskoka chairs.

    Our food service provider, Aramark Canada, will be providing a few different options to accommodate safe and expedient food access. We will have a grab-and-go station and our usual 'hot line' and, of course, we will be continuing to offer our outstanding soup choices. All food will be served as buffet and self-serve options will not be available during the pandemic period.
  • How will meals work in the Dining Hall? Will anyone be able to eat inside?

  • When and where will we have to wear masks on campus? Will they need to be worn all day or only while traveling from class to class?

    Masks need to be worn any time that you are moving inside the classroom block: traveling from class to class, leaving class to use the bathroom, picking up supplies from School Stores, accessing your locker or chatting with friends in the hallways. Masks do not need to be worn outside, provided that you can physically distance. Masks do not need to be worn in class, but you will need to put them on as you are moving about (such as when you are preparing to leave the class to use the washroom, etc.). Masks also do not need to be worn by members of a residential cohort (boarding students and residential staff) when they are inside their own residence.
  • How will physical distancing be enforced? Will there be a standards process or is it an honour system?

    Staff or students who are in breach of these health and safety standards will be held accountable for their actions, including and up to being required to leave the school until such time as the pandemic is declared ended.

    Students who are in breach of these health and safety standards may also be subject to accountability in accordance with the standards and expectations of an LCS student outlined in the School Life Guide and specifically as it pertains to the Persistent Inability to Abide by the Expectations of the School section (School Life Guide, page 40).

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca


Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

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