Safety First: People, Place and Program

People: Lakefield College School's Return to School Plan

Our People

All of our work and every decision we make is focused on providing the highest standard of community health and wellbeing. We will fulfill the promise of our mission to challenge and enable students to reach their individual potential in mind, body and spirit through authentic learning, being outdoors every day and a powerful and embracing sense of community. Our students have already demonstrated their resilience, a supportive and compassionate nature and an overall positive outlook. We are committed to ensuring they thrive in a safe and healthy environment while delivering an exceptional educational experience.

Day Students

Day students are important and essential members of the LCS community.  Although the student experience will feel a little bit different during the pandemic period, we will always prioritize community building activities that enable all of our students to be together.  

We know how important it is for all of our students—day and boarding—to have a place where they can spend time together, socialize and enjoy each other’s company. The school is enhancing and increasing the number and quality of our outdoor seating, social and recreational activity areas at each house and throughout the campus to enable all house members (day and boarding) to enjoy a healthy social life at a distance of 2m as required.

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  • Self Assessment

    Daily self assessments are an important aspect of keeping every member of our community safe. Like staff and boarding students, all Day students will be required to complete the Lakefield College School Assessment Tool (LCAT) prior to coming to school every morning.

    Students who do not complete the screen or have one or more of the symptoms will not be permitted to come to school.

    Students with one or more symptoms must contact the Health & Wellbeing Centre and report their absence due to illness (705.652.3324 ext. 341) and the Peterborough Public Health Unit (705.743.1000).
  • Hand Hygiene

    Perhaps the safest procedure anyone can follow to avoid illness is proper hand hygiene.

    Day students are requested to bring at least one of their own hand sanitizers.

    Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances of all school buildings and classrooms. Students are to sanitize their hands prior to entering any building.
  • Physical Distancing and Masks

    Day students are required to bring at least one face mask to school.  The school will provide some cloth face 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, students are required to wear their face masks in accordance with appropriate face mask guidelines.

    Students and staff will be required to wear masks at all times when indoors and in motion. 

    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.
  • Transportation

    Local families are encouraged to arrange for their own transportation to and from school.  If a day student is not able to drive to school the school will provide bus transportation within our usual route (Peterborough City and immediate vicinity).  If you are in need of bus transportation to school please contact Jennifer Horrigan at  jhorrigan@lcs.on.ca.

    All school busing in Ontario is required to follow strict health and safety protocols in accordance with the Government of Canada Federal Guidance During the COVID19 Pandemic document.
    • Students will be required to wash hands or sanitize their hands prior to boarding the bus.
    • Students will be required to physically distance themselves on the bus as directed by the bus operator.
    • Family members will be required to sit together (same seat) on the bus.
    • Students will be required to abide by all of the bus operator's instructions.  
    • Any student who does not abide by the bus safety protocols will lose the privilege of riding the bus for the remainder of the pandemic period.
  • Day Student Schedule

    Read our New Schedule FAQ and view our daily schedule.

    LCS is committed to ensuring that day students continue to enjoy the robust educational and community life that they have always enjoyed while at school.

    Although day students will be expected to leave at the end of their program day, every day student will continue to experience a full curricular and co-curricular program, daily.  In addition to these programs, day students will continue to have the opportunity to partake in a rich offering of all-community activities including house meetings, house events, paper house and spirit events.  

    The school will continue to
    revisit our community programming as guidelines around pandemic safety change and more opportunities are permitted.

Boarding Students

Lakefield College School understands and appreciates the extent to which parents entrust their children to our care.  We do not take this privilege lightly.  This Approach to Opening and Maintaining a COVID-19 Safe School follows, and in many places exceeds, the ‘gold standard’ of best practices and is informed by international, national and local health care professionals.  

Boarding students will be obligated to follow some new residence protocols in order to ensure their safety. We are confident that they will enjoy all of the same rewarding experiences that LCS is renowned for.

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  • International Students: Moving In

    Prior to moving on to campus, international students are required to complete a 14 day period of quarantine upon arrival to Canada.

    Please read the following important document: Opening 2020 at Lakefield College School.

    Campus Arrival Days
    We have extended an invitation to our international families that, provincial guidelines permitting, they are welcome to arrive on campus early. There are three suggested campus arrival days for students arriving in September, as follows:
    • Tuesday, September 8 — Grade 12 Students
    • Thursday, September 10 — New Students
    • Saturday, September 12 — Returning Students

    Boarding students will be scheduled to move onto campus at a specifically assigned time.  Move-in will be staggered in order to limit congestion and ensure physical distancing requirements.  It is imperative that everyone abides by the schedule in order to safely move in all students.
     
    LCS asks that only those essential family members accompany a student for their move in.  Parents/Guardians and students will be required to wear masks and follow proper hand hygiene protocols while moving in.  Once the move-in has been completed and at the end of their scheduled time, parents and other guests will be required to leave the residence.  

    LCS has made arrangements with local hotels in Peterborough and Lakefield to support students who are unable to make their own quarantine arrangements.  The LCS quarantine sites will be available as of August 10, 2020. 

    All boarding students must complete the Travel and Arrivals Form. Anyone interested in using the LCS quarantine option must complete this form and contact Jennifer Horrigan at jhorrigan@lcs.on.ca.

    The schedule for moving can be found at Arrivals and Quarantine. Read more about Moving In and Arrivals on our Orientation Essentials page.
  • All Boarding Students: Moving In

    Please read the following important document: Opening 2020 at Lakefield College School.

    Campus Arrival Days
    There are three suggested campus arrival days for students arriving in September, as follows:
    • Tuesday, September 8 — Grade 12 Students
    • Thursday, September 10 — New Students
    • Saturday, September 12 — Returning Students

    If you are travelling from within Canada, you are welcome to arrive on any of the suggested arrival days should it prove more convenient for you (for example, if your sibling is a grad and you are a new student, you are both welcome to arrive on September 8).

    Boarding students will be scheduled to move onto campus at a specifically assigned time.  Move-in will be staggered in order to limit congestion and ensure physical distancing requirements.  It is imperative that everyone abides by the schedule in order to safely move in all students.

    LCS asks that only those essential family members accompany a student for their move in.  Parents/Guardians and students will be required to wear masks and follow proper hand hygiene protocols while moving in.  Once the move-in has been completed and at the end of their scheduled time, parents and other guests will be required to leave the residence.  

    LCS has made arrangements with local hotels in Peterborough and Lakefield to support students who are unable to make their own quarantine arrangements.  The LCS quarantine sites will be available as of August 10, 2020. 

    All boarding students must complete the Travel and Arrivals Form. Anyone interested in using the LCS quarantine option must complete this form and contact Jennifer Horrigan at jhorrigan@lcs.on.ca.

    The schedule for moving can be found at Arrivals and Quarantine. Read more about Move In and Arrivals on our Orientation Essentials page.
  • Self Assessment

    Daily self assessments are an important aspect of keeping every member of our community safe. Like staff and Day Students, all Boarding students will be required to complete the Lakefield College School Assessment Tool (LCAT) every morning before going to breakfast. The school will provide students with a mobile app to make the self-assessment process easier.

    Students who do not complete the screen will not be permitted to attend breakfast or classes.  

    Students who have one or more of the symptoms are required to contact the Health & Wellbeing Centre immediately (705.652.3324 ext. 341).
  • Hand Hygiene

    Perhaps the safest procedure anyone can follow to avoid illness is proper hand hygiene. Students will be required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at all times prior to going to the classroom block for any reason.  

    Boarding students are requested to bring at least one of their own hand sanitizers.

    Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances of each residence.  Students are to sanitize their hands at the sanitizing station prior to fully entering their residence.
  • Physical Distancing and Masks

    Boarders are requested to bring at least one reusable cloth face mask to school. Ideally, a student will bring 3 of their own cloth masks. The school will provide some cloth face 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. 

    Students and staff will be required to wear masks at all times when indoors (and not in their house) and in motion.

    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.
  • Boarding Student Schedule

    Read our New Schedule FAQ and view our daily schedule. The move-in schedule will be communicated to all boarding students.

    Every student will continue to experience a full curricular and co-curricular program, daily.  In addition to these programs, boarding students will continue to have the opportunity to partake in a rich offering of all-community activities including house meetings, house events, paper house and spirit events. 

    The school will continue to
    revisit our community programming as guidelines around pandemic safety change and more opportunities are permitted.
  • Residential Cohorts

    Each residence will follow a two week protocol that will ease their transition into a residential cohort. Only those essential staff that are not connected to the cohort (cleaners, contractors, etc.) will be permitted into the residence. Family members, guests, friends are not permitted to enter the residence for the period of the pandemic.

Staff

We are committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our staff, both day and residential. Just like our students, all staff will be required to take a self assessment every day. Arrangements may be made for staff who are able to work remotely.

List of 5 items.

  • Self Assessment

    Daily self assessments are an important aspect of keeping every member of our community safe. As with our students, all staff will be required to complete the Lakefield College School Assessment Tool (LCAT) every morning before coming to work.  The school will provide all staff with a mobile app to make the self assessment process easier.

    Staff who do not complete the screen or have one or more of the symptoms will not be permitted to come to school.

    Staff with one or more symptoms must contact their own physician and/or the Peterborough Public Health Unit (705.743.1000).   Staff with symptoms may not come to school and must follow the school’s usual supply coverage protocols.
  • Hand Hygiene

    Perhaps the safest procedure anyone can follow to avoid illness is proper hand hygiene.

    Staff are required to carry at least one of their own personal hand sanitizers.
     
    Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances of all school buildings and classrooms. Staff are required to sanitize their hands prior to entering any building and room.
  • Physical Distancing and Masks

    Staff are required to bring at least one face mask to school.  The school will provide some cloth face 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. 

    Staff will be required to wear masks at all times when indoors (and not in their office) and in motion.

    In addition, 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.
  • Office and Phones

    Staff are required to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times.  If this is not possible in a shared office, staff are required to wear their masks.  

    The use of common phones is strongly discouraged.  If this is not possible the following protocol must be followed:
    1. Sanitize hands before using the phone
    2. Sanitize hands after using the phone
    3. Cleaning staff will wipe down office phones as part of their cleaning protocols.
  • Common Spaces and Dining

    To help ensure the safety of our community, staff are not permitted to congregate in any common space.  The staff room will not be available.  Staff gatherings may occur outside at a physical distance of 2m per person.

    Day staff who are not on duty (ie. Teacher on Duty or evening supervision) are not permitted to eat breakfast or dinner in the dining hall.  

    Day staff who are not on duty (ie. Teacher on Duty or evening supervision) are required to leave campus at the end of their program day.  If a Teacher on Duty is able to support the breakfast LCAT check-in from 7:30 am - 8:30 am, they may eat breakfast in the Dining Hall.

Guests and Visitors to Campus

All guests and visitors will be welcomed to campus by appointment only. For safety reasons the school is not able to accept 'walk up' visitors. All parents, guests, visitors and contractors who visit the campus will be required to record their arrival and departure times, names, contact information and screening completion in order to support potential Contact Tracing requirements.

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  • Self Assessment

    All guests and visitors to campus will be required to enter the school through the main entrance (red doors) and complete the LCS COVID-19 Screening for Visitors before being permitted into any school building.  

    The link to the screening form will be shared to the visitor by email to be completed prior to their arrival to campus.

    Any guests who do not complete the screen or have one or more of the symptoms will be required to leave the school property immediately and will be advised to contact their physician and/or local public health unit.
  • Campus Kids

    Our campus families are an important part of our school culture and family-like atmosphere.  We have many campus families with younger children who do not attend Lakefield College School.  These young people are expected to follow the same health and safety standards as our students and staff members; hand hygiene, physical distancing and masking.  
  • Parents, Family Members and Friends

    Daily self assessments are an important aspect of keeping every member of our community safe. Like all of our students and staff, parents, family members and friends who are visiting residential staff members or students must complete the LCS COVID-19 Screening for Visitors before coming to campus.  

    Any parent, family member or friend who does not complete the assessment or has one or more of the symptoms is not permitted to come to campus.

    Parents, family members and friends who are visiting students are not permitted to enter any building on campus, including and especially student residences.  To visit in a sheltered area or indoors, please consider arranging to meet off-campus. Alternatively, visits can occur outside.
  • Contractors

    Contractors who are working in any campus building must complete the COVID-19 Self Assessment before coming to campus.  

    Any contractor who does not complete the self assessment or has one or more of the symptoms is not permitted to come to campus.  In this case the contractor must contact Brian McCaw, Facilities Manager or designate.

    Contractors must remain at least 2m from all LCS students and staff members.

    Contractors must wear a mask and be gloved when working in any building.

Accountability

Staff or students who are in breach of these health and safety standards will be held accountable for their actions, including and up to being required to leave the school until such time as the pandemic is declared ended.

Students who are in breach of these health and safety standards may also be subject to accountability in accordance with the standards and expectations of an LCS student outlined in the School Life Guide and specifically as it pertains to the Persistent Inability to Abide by the Expectations of the School section (School Life Guide, page 40).

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca

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