Lakefield College School 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.

Dear LCS Families,

Our Safety First team and program leaders have been working hard to keep our community safe amidst ongoing public health and safety policy changes.

We have been meeting with peer schools, consulting local, provincial, and federal health and education guidelines and professionals, and conducting important research on the impact the pandemic has had on students. Our policies were informed by governing bodies, experts, and professionals to support our commitment to physical health and safety, student re-engagement, mental and physical health, and overall wellbeing. 

Vaccinations are key. Our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Students and Staff outlines important information for our families. Lakefield College School is a pro-vaccine community. At the time of writing, the vaccine is mandatory for all eligible students and staff.

Our comprehensive plan is organized into three sections outlining current protocols and how we will keep our students and community safe. Underpinning the plan are a number of important assumptions and initiatives designed to support student well-being, including the following:

Our People 
  • Our students will come together, every day, for face-to-face learning with their teachers in small classes. 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 (including a refresher to their Mental Health First Aid [MHFA] certification).
Our Place
  • Our beautiful waterfront campus and facilities are ideal for our students' health and well-being and to be outdoors every day. Between Northcote and our main campus, students have access to over 315-acres of natural and recreational outdoor spaces to enjoy healthy and active school life with their peers.
  • 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 Program 
  • Our students will have access to an individualized fitness and well-being plan designed to meet their needs and choices, under the guidance of a personal fitness coach (novice to high-performance athlete).
  • Our enhanced and innovative schedule creates greater opportunities for enriched academics and support. By offering three 95-minute-classes per day, and studying up to four courses at a time, students spend more time with teachers pursuing subjects in greater depth. 
  • Our schedule offers significant breaks between classes to reduce transitions and slow the pace, making for a healthier learning environment; and protects daily community time to strengthen our students' sense of belonging 
  • 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. Last year, we added a new priority: Safety First. For the foreseeable future, every decision we make must still be guided by this commitment.

We also remain committed to our vision, mission, and values, especially our newest value, Joy; 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 any shifts in the pandemic, may be different. However, we are beginning with the assumption that our job is to make the year as normal as possible, so our students can experience all that our campus has to offer.

The guidelines shared within the pages of this plan reflect current public health guidelines and standards. We anticipate that these may change, as greater percentages of the population become vaccinated and COVID-19 cases continue to decline; we may update certain sections, but please know that any and all major changes will also be shared by regular email communication. We continue to look forward, with optimism, to a new academic year. It will be great to have everyone back on campus, together, in person.  

Until then, I hope you will have the opportunity to rest, reflect, and recharge.


Anne-Marie Kee
Head of School and Foundation



Spring 2022 Safety First Protocols

The Ontario government continues to ease public health measures as we move into new phases of reopening. As a fully vaccinated, healthy congregate living community, whose positive cases show minimal to no symptoms, we are considered by Public Health to be low risk. As such, the following updated protocols are now in effect.

List of 3 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 updates local case numbers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • 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.

Parent Communications Archive

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

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Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.
Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.


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