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 Premier's and Public Health Ontario's recommendations for all Ontarian's, 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 and students and staff living on campus until further notice. No leave is permitted to students living on campus during this time.

On April 7, The Ontario government announced a Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order, effective Thursday, April 8, 2021, for four weeks. On Thursday, May 13, this Stay-at-Home Order was extended to June 2, 2021. The province-wide Stay-at-Home Order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. A week following the May 13 announcement, the Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, mandated the move to remote learning for all schools in Ontario, beginning April 15, 2021 until further notice. This action was taken to support the government's broader efforts to limit spread in response to the province’s ever increasing COVID-19 case numbers and multiple COVID-19 variants of concern. The government has stated that they will be assessing the data on an ongoing basis, and in consultation with health officials, will determine when it will be safe to resume in-person learning. 

In response to these measures, and to ensure our students continue to learn and complete their academic year successfully, Lakefield College School is committed to providing a remote program that includes academic, community and after school experiences to support our students in maintaining their overall mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Learning with Lakefield — Remotely

While campus is closed, LCS has moved to remote learning for all students. We are committed to maintaining the richness of our student experience, for which LCS is so well known. While learning remotely, 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.

Return to Campus - COVID-19 Testing Protocols

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 boarding students returning to campus, following the break, must complete the following testing protocols:
1.  Present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival to campus.
2.  Upon arrival to campus,  proceed directly to the COVID Care Unit for a rapid test (nasopharyngeal/NP)
3.  Upon day 5 complete an additional rapid test (nasopharyngeal/NP)

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

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 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

  • 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 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)