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 Facilities Are Closed Until Further Notice

As per the Prime Minister's and Public Health Canada's recommendations for all Canadians, as much as possible, to practice social distancing to prevent transmissions and to stay home, the LCS campus facility is closed to all but essential services until further notice.

On March 17, the Ontario Government implemented the Order to close all schools under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until further notice. A week later, Premier Ford announced the closure of all non-essential businesses for the next two weeks. These measures are designed to protect our communities and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  By taking aggressive action now to “social distance,” the hope is to protect as many as we can during the pandemic.

On March 31, Premier Ford and Education Minister Lecce announced that public schools will remain closed until May 4, 2020, at a minimum, as a public health measure. Please read the official News Release here. If the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, recommends an extension of these closures, both the Premier and Minister Lecce confirmed that Ontario will comply. Although this extended school closure, as per the Education Act, applies only to public schools, it signals the approach the provincial government will take for private schools and child care centres as well.

In response to these measures, and to ensure our students continue to learn and complete their academic year successfully, Lakefield College School will launch Learning with Lakefield - Remotely, on April 2 (until further notice).

Learning with Lakefield — Remotely

While campus is closed, LCS has made the decision to move to remote learning beginning on Thursday, April 2 (until further notice). We are committed to maintaining the richness of our student experience, for which LCS is so well known. Through Learning with Lakefield- Remotely (LWL) we are committed to delivering an excellent program of learning for our students focussed on three areas: 
  1. Academic learning that is authentic, challenging, and relational.
  2. Co-curricular programs that enable us to continue to inspire well-rounded leaders who can be artists and athletes for life.
  3. Community engagement that connects and supports students in personal ways.
View more information about the LWL remote learning program.

Canadian Public Health COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

As always, our first priority is to support and provide information to our students and families to ensure their ongoing health and well-being. 

All students, staff and community members returning to Canada after being away and/or experiencing symptoms that may be of concern, should familiarize themselves with the Canadian Public Health Agency's COVID-19 self assessment. 

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. 

An official global travel advisory is in effect:
  • Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. 
  • The Government of Canada has announced that all borders are closed to non-Canadian (international) travellers until June 30, 2020.
  • The Ontario Government issued a closure of all non-essential businesses and schools (both public and independent) until further notice.
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

  • 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 provincial mandate, the school campus is closed. Please Contact: 
Dean Van Doleweerd (Faculty wishing to retrieve essential supplies on campus)  
Tracy Reid  (Staff wishing to retrieve essential supplies on campus)
Your Head of House (Students wishing to retrieve their belongings/essential items left on campus)