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 response.

The LCS Campus Is Closed to Visitors Until January 25, 2022

The LCS campus is closed to all visitors until January 25, 2022, or until further notice. 

With the launch of our Safety First: People, Place and Program, Learning Recovery and Renewal Plan Lakefield College School is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our students and staff for in-person learning, with a staged approach in line with public health guidelines. 

The LCS community began the school year operating on the principle of being “strict in September.” This standard was set to impose safety measures on our staff and students in order to ensure the safe regathering of our community, in the residences, in the classrooms and in co-curriculars. As we entered October, we began to ease our campus restrictions as the community became more fully vaccinated. Throughout November and December, we announced further safety updates in alignment with local and provincial safety protocols. With the return to in-person learning starting on Monday, January 17, 2022, our faculty and staff have been busy preparing for our community's safe return to campus (See Safe Return in January 2022). We are motivated to get back to campus, to in-person learning, and the teachers, friends and school life that we know and love, and we continue to take every reasonable precaution to prevent, mitigate and manage the transmission of COVID cases as they arise.

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. 
 
 

List of 4 items.

  • COVID-19 Updates

    COVID-19 Updates will be communicated directly to parent and LCS community member emails and made available for access online.
  • Local Active COVID-19 Cases

    Lakefield, Peterborough and the surrounding area continue to be one of the safest areas in Canada. The Peterborough Public Health Unit reports the following as of January 24, 2022: Confirmed positive: 4750, Active cases: 412, Resolved: 4297

    LCS reports the following as of January 24, 2022: Individuals tested: 317, Confirmed positive: 12, Active cases: 1, Resolved: 11
  • On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

    LCS nursing staff are trained and able to test students under our school doctors’ or public health directive.  Students or residential staff members who are symptomatic will be required to have a test.

    Read more about our COVID-19 Testing Protocol.
  • LCS Self-Assessment Tool (L-CAT)

    LCS is making the required daily Ontario Public Health Self-Assessment simple and easy. All students and staff are required to complete L-CAT, right from their phone, before starting their day on campus.  L-CAT can be easily accessed at https://lcat.lcs.on.ca/. Current LCS username and password required.

NEW Travel Measures

As new variants of the COVID-19 virus become more prevalent, the Government of Canada has updated its requirements for international travel. Please be advised of the following measures (updated on November 30, 2021):

  • All travellers (regardless of vaccination status) entering Canada from anywhere other than the U.S., will be tested upon arrival in Canada and will need to quarantine while they await their test results. 
  • Foreign nationals who have been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada: Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
LCS will support our students during this period by offering a chaperoned off-campus quarantine program. We will arrange transportation from the airport to the quarantine location and will provide meals and other supports for the duration of the students' stay. Students will return to LCS as soon as their results are back. Additional costs for accommodations will apply but there will be no additional costs for the meals or staff supervision provided.

Families are welcome to make their own quarantine and transportation arrangements if preferred.  Proof of negative arrival test results will be required before the student returns to campus. 

We are asking all students travelling outside of Canada and the U.S. to contact Jen Horrigan (Coordinator of International Students and Travel) to either confirm their quarantine plan or request support from LCS.

Return to Campus - COVID-19 Testing Protocols

Please refer to our Safe Return in January document to review our testing protocols.

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:
  • Wear a Level 2, 3-ply medical mask (at a minimum) where required, indoors. 
  • 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

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.