"We are committed and prepared to see all of our students returning safely to our amazing campus for daily in-person learning in January."  Anne-Marie Kee, Head of School and Foundation

Dear Lakefield Families,

Throughout the summer months, our Pandemic Safe School Working Group and team worked hard to prepare for our September re-opening, and we have been guided by local, provincial, federal and international guidelines as well as important research, including The Hospital for Sick Children's recommendations for school re-openings in Ontario, COVID-19: Recommendations for School Reopening. and Harvard School of Public Health's report, Schools for Health.

Our comprehensive plan is organized into three sections, where you can find more details including the following highlights:
Our People 
  • Our students will come together, every day, for face-to-face learning with their teachers in small classes of 12 students (on average). We can confidently offer our students the opportunity for meaningful learning and daily co-curriculars in the arts and athletics. Our students will also continue to enjoy a full range of all-community activities with their peers such as house meetings, house events, paper house and spirit events during the course of their program day.
  • Our dedicated staff will be prepared with additional mental health and wellness training and innovative teaching strategies enabling them to be proactive and nimble to adjust to changing conditions.
Our Place 
  • Our 315-acre campus and facilities are ideal for our students' health and well-being and to be outdoors every day. Our outdoor social seating and recreational areas are being enhanced throughout the campus to enable all of our students - day and boarding - to enjoy a healthy social life at a distance of 2m, as required.
  • Our boarding houses are among the smallest of CAIS boarding schools providing us with a unique advantage to create and foster connections between students and staff. Our small residences allow us to cohort our boarding houses and enhance day-to-day community living.
  • Our dedicated COVID-19 Care Unit (Lampman House) with nurses trained in COVID-19 Care enables us to provide individualized attention and care to assess, treat, and trace symptomatic and confirmed cases. 
Our Program 
  • Our new innovative schedule ensures more opportunity for enriched academics and authentic learning. By reducing the number of classes per day while lengthening each period, students will spend more time with teachers pursuing subjects in greater depth. 
  • Our schedule includes significant breaks between classes to reduce transitions and slow the pace, making for a healthier learning environment.
  • Our program leaders are making plans for our students to safely enjoy rich daily experiences in their arts, athletics and co-curricular pursuits.
  • Our House Model will creatively ensure safe opportunities for meaningful connection between our day and boarding students and a full range of community activities.
We are a school that is passionately focused on Outdoors Every Day, Authentic Learning, and Community First. At this time in our world, we have added a new priority: Safety First. For the foreseeable future, every decision we make must be guided by this commitment.
We hope you know that we remain committed to our vision, mission, and values; and many of us are working hard through the summer to plan for the very best possible experience for our students while prioritizing safety. The reality is that our fall term, and perhaps the full year depending on the pandemic, will be different. We believe we can make the year not just a good one, but a great one.
An aspect of putting Safety First is the assumption that it is best to begin with a stricter approach to guidelines in the hopes that we will be in a position, later, to give something back, rather than take something away. We are also assuming that the adjustments we are making are temporary only. Like you, we are continually monitoring ministry and public health guidelines as they change. Our promise is to be nimble. Rest assured, the school will continue to revisit our campus, community and house programming as guidelines around pandemic safety change and more opportunities are permitted. Finally, our assumption is that our community of students and parents are partners in safety. We all want to be back on campus, every day, in a normal way, as soon as is safely possible to do so. We can get there, together.
It makes us who we are.
We are defined by our people, by their passion and by their commitment.
I am pleased to launch the plan shared within this section of our website, dedicated to the safe re-opening of our campus. Because the world is changing so quickly, you will find links to various other websites on which we rely for guidance so you have the latest updates; we may update certain sections, but please know that any and all major changes will also be shared by regular email communication.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school.  We have a history of resilience, and I am confident in our future.
Take care of yourself, and each other,

Anne-Marie Kee
Head of School and Foundation

Lakefield College School (LCS) is committed to ensuring a safe campus environment for all to enjoy.

In accordance with direction from the Peterborough Public Health Unit, and many other community advisors, and following the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, LCS is confident that we’ve achieved our objectives to uphold the highest standard of community health and wellbeing for our students; while fulfilling our mission as a school.

List of 6 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 May 11, 2021: Confirmed positive: 1315, Active cases: 75  Resolved: 1223

    LCS reports the following as of May 11, 2021: Individuals tested: 507, Confirmed positive: 4, Active cases: 0, Resolved: 4
  • Health Advisory Network

    We are guided by the advice and counsel of experts in the fields of public health, medicine and education through our Pandemic Safe School Working Group.
  • On-Campus COVID-19 Care Unit

    LCS has a dedicated COVID-19 Care Unit with some of our nurses specifically trained in COVID-19 Care. This enables us to isolate a suspected patient in an environment that provides individualized attention and care from a trained nurse and then assess, treat and trace symptomatic and confirmed cases while working closely with LCS Doctors and Public Health. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

General Requirements: Keeping Our Community Healthy

We are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy campus environment for all to enjoy. Although LCS cannot guarantee a SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) free school, we will do our utmost to keep our community healthy by strictly adhering to the safe practices and risk mitigation habits outlined in the following guidelines:

List of 5 items.

  • Screening

    Students and staff will be required to complete the Lakefield College School Assessment Tool (LCAT) prior to coming to school every morning.  If a student or staff reports a symptom on the LCAT they are to remain at home (if day) or in their room (if boarder) and follow the instructions provided by the LCAT.

    Watch the Video featuring Jack Campbell '21, Fatima Shahbaz '21 and Harper McGowan '21
  • Hand Hygiene

    Perhaps the single most important precaution one can take to avoid illness is proper hand hygiene.  Students and staff will be trained on proper hand hygiene upon their arrival to campus during orientation.  However, everyone is encouraged to practice proper hand hygiene prior to their arrival to school.  Though the school will provide ample sanitizing stations, staff and students are requested to bring at least one bottle of their own hand sanitizer to campus. 

    Watch the Video featuring Jack Campbell '21, Fatima Shahbaz '21 and Harper McGowan '21
  • Respiratory Etiquette

    Respiratory etiquette refers to the appropriate method of covering a cough or sneeze. Ideally, individuals will cough or sneeze into a tissue which is covering both their nose and mouth. If a tissue is not available one must cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Physical Distancing and Masks

    Public Health Ontario requires that all non-immediate family members keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres from one another.  When physical distancing is not possible Public Health Ontario requires face masks to be worn.  

    Though the school will be providing cloth face masks, students and staff are requested to bring at least one of their own cloth face masks to campus. Students and staff will be required to wear masks at all times when physical distancing of 2m is not possible. In addition, students and staff are required to wear masks in the hallways of the classroom block, school stores, the dining hall and all other school line-ups. In all of these instances physical distancing must still be maintained when possible.

    Watch the physical distancing and masking videos featuring Jack Campbell '21, Fatima Shahbaz '21 and Harper McGowan '21
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

    In accordance with Public Health Ontario guidelines, all common touch surfaces and washroom areas will be cleaned and disinfected at least two times daily.

Before Arriving on Campus (Travel Advisory and Quarantine Requirements)

  • The Government of Canada (Health Canada) under the Emergency Order: Quarantine Act requires all people who travel internationally into Canada to quarantine for a period of 14 days (and before arriving on campus). During this period of quarantine, as announced on Friday, August 28, all students must be tested at least once during the period of their quarantine.  Currently, there are no exceptions to this law.
  • Everyone must complete a self-assessment prior to travelling to school.  
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms cannot travel (internationals and Canadian domestics).  People with symptoms are to self-isolate at their home and contact their own local health unit.
  • For those who are able to travel, LCS has created our own Quarantine Program, to support students who require assistance in making quarantine arrangements. The LCS Quarantine Program will be available to students as of July 28, 2020. Anyone interested in registering for the LCS Quarantine Program should contact Jennifer Horrigan at jhorrigan@lcs.on.ca.
  • Students should bring at least one of their own cloth masks and one of their own hand sanitizers.

Our People, Our Place and Our Program

Read each of the sections below for more details on how we will be practicing safety first while providing our students with a rich educational experience.

Parent Communications Archive

  • COVID-19 Updates
  • 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

Contributors and Advisors

One of our many priorities is to ensure that we uphold the highest standard of safety while ensuring minimal impact on our ever-important culture.  We are so fortunate to have a network of professionals in our parent, alumni, and friend community who understand how important relationships are to our core values and the delivery of an outstanding academic and cocurricular program. We are grateful to the many individuals who shared their insights and advice as we prepare to open our beautiful campus to those who rightly deserve to enjoy it, our students!
  • Johanna Kruger ‘97, Health Counsellor, Perm. Mission of Canada to UN in Geneva, Canadian Representative at the World Health Organization
  • Dr. David Fisman, Epidemiologist Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 
  • Andrew Muirhead ‘85, Origin Merchant Partners
  • Mary-Pat Cannon, RN, Public Health Nurse, LCS liaison to PPHU
  • Brian Sammon, Public Health Inspector, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, PPHU
  • Jessica Andrews, RN, PHN, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, PPHU
  • Claire Townshend, RN, Public Health Nurse, PPHU
  • Stephen Grey, CEO Medical Associates of Port Perry, Co-Chair COVID-19 Durham Region Steering Committee, LCS Parent (Sophie ‘21)
  • Dr. Merrilee Brown, Medical Associates of Port Perry, Physician Advisor, LCS Parent (Sophie ‘21)
  • Dr. David Hamilton, Emergency Physician St. Joseph’s Health Care, Hamilton & William Osler Health System, Physician Advisor, Co-Founder EduSafe Predict Technologies, Self Assessment Mobile App. Developer
  • Dr. Michael de la Roche '73, Emergency Physician Belleville General Hospital, Assistant Professor (Adjunct) Queen’s University, Physician Advisor
  • Eric Roher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, legal consultant

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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