Lakefield College School's Response to COVID-19

Our first priority is to support and provide information to our students and families to ensure their ongoing health and well-being. We are asking all LCS students, families and staff to review this important information regarding COVID-19 and the precautionary measures LCS has taken in reponse. 

The LCS Campus Is Open to Students and Staff (only) for In Person Learning This September

With the launch of our Safety First: People, Place and Program, Learning Recovery and Renewal Plan Lakefield College School is committed to ensuring the safe return to campus of all of our students and staff for in-person learning, with a "strict in September" approach. In October, and as the year progresses, we will continue to evaluate all health protocols, and schedule monthly parent Zoom meetings to provide updates. We welcome parent questions and feedback - always!
 
An important focus for LCS is our position as a mandatory-vaccine community (see our policy) and our commitment to ensuring a healthy learning environment for everyone to enjoy this year. We continue to be guided by science, our government, and our health advisors.
 
The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is a top priority . The Ontario government has stated that they will be assessing the public health data on an ongoing basis. This summer, the Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said the government will be able to "provide guidance with the aim of a more normal, more positive, and more interactive school experience for children that is fully in class" this Fall.

Return to Campus - COVID-19 Testing Protocols

All students subject to COVID-19 testing must complete the following testing protocols:
1.  Students are required to have a PCR (*NP) test within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus. 
2. Unvaccinated students are required to have a molecular rapid diagnostic test *NP (RDT) on day 1, immediately upon arrival to campus.
3. Students are required to have a molecular rapid diagnostic test *NP (RDT) on day 5 of being on campus.
4. Students are required to cohort with their residence (according to the Establishing a Residential Cohort guidelines) for 14 days upon arrival

If any of the above tests are positive, the school will contact Peterborough Public Health for direction.

Learn more about our required testing and quarantine protocols by reviewing our Testing & Quarantine Scenarios document.

*Nasopharyngeal Swabs (NP) are considered the “gold standard” optimal manner of testing for best specificity.


Preventing Illness

Public health officials recommend the following steps people should take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections. These include:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.

Staying Informed

As the nature of the spread of COVID-19 across the globe continues to evolve, Canadian health officials are recommending preparedness for the likelihood of even greater spread and our Leadership and Health Teams have been actively monitoring, and planning for it. 
 
We urge all Lakefield College School families to continue to stay abreast of the following excellent resources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19:
These are authoritative sources of information about the spread of the virus, as well as advice for individuals, communities, and organizations planning for COVID-19.

School Communications

  • September 3, 2021—LCS Mandatory COVID-19 Student/Staff Vaccination Policy Announcement
  • August 26 2021—Update: Return to School, Vaccinations, Testing, Safety and Wellbeing
  • June 30, 2021— Lakefield College School's Return to School Plan
  • June 25, 2021— Lakefield College School’s COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Students and Staff
  • April 16, 2021— COVID-19 Update - Remote Learning Extended for all Schools in Ontario
  • April 9, 2021 — Important COVID-19 Safety First Update & Return to School Strategy
  • September 4, 2020 — Opening Week, Important Travel Information and Welcoming Remote Students
  • August 28, 2020 — Return to School Resources for Parents
  • August 11, 2020 — Opening and Arrival Days, Community and School Life, Enhanced Student Health and Well-being Support
  • June 9, 2020 — New Schedule Announcement and Adjusted Tuition Pricing Model
  • May 7, 2020 — Our Response to COVID-19 and End of Year Update
  • March 23, 2020 — Updates on the campus closure and launch of Learning with Lakefield-Remotely
  • March 16, 2020 — Campus closure announcement
  • March 13, 2020 — Updates on Lakefield's Response to COVID-19 (Ontario Ministry of Education Announcement and Moving to Online Academic Instruction)
  • March 11, 2020 — Updates on Lakefield's Response to COVID-19
  • March 6, 2020 — Ongoing Education on COVID-19 (Parent Announcements)
  • March 3, 2020 — Update from the Head of School regarding March Break Global Learning trips
  • February 28, 2020 — March Break Travel: COVID-19 Important Update (Parent Announcements)
  • February 21, 2020 — Update on March Break Travel (Parent Announcements)
  • February 7, 2020 — Health and Well-being Update (Parent Announcements)
  • January 31, 2020 — Message from Head of School on our caring community
  • January 27, 2020 — General Update from the Health and Well-being Centre
Questions? Please Contact: 
Jen Horrigan, LCS Coordinator of International Students and Travel (travel related questions).

Questions pertaining to accessing the campus. 
In accordance with the the school's "strict in September" approach to protect the health and safety of our students and staff, the campus is closed to all visitors without an appointment.