Safety First: People, Place and Program

Place: Lakefield College School's Return to School Plan

Our Place

One of our greatest assets for maintaining a healthy community is our beautiful 315-acre natural campus which is situated in a region that, to date, has been minimally impacted by COVID-19 cases. 

Promising a powerful and embracing sense of community while assuring the highest standard of community health and wellbeing are not mutually exclusive. We believe that we have established protocols that will encourage, build and foster community within this shared place we affectionately call The Grove; a place where students and staff can safely come together through a common experience embraced by their natural surroundings.

In the Residence

The school will continue to endeavour to strengthen our whole community through activities designed to bring together all day and boarding students and staff.

Each student residence will be considered a unique 'family cohort' and therefore only boarding students and residential staff may enter their own residence building. In this way, boarding students and residential staff may fully enjoy their residence family without distancing or wearing a mask. Rest assured, should pandemic restrictions change, we will review conditions and work to return to normal boarding house access for all our students.

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  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Each residence room will be cleaned and disinfected daily in accordance with our usual high cleaning standards. 

    Common touch areas and washrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily.
  • Occupancy

    The majority of LCS’ residence rooms will be double rooms. LCS is committed to having single rooms where possible.
  • Visitors to the Residence

    Outside visitors are not permitted to enter the residence.

    Everyone (including occupants) who intends to enter the residence must sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.

    Cleaning staff, facilities staff, contractors and all others who are temporarily working in the residence are required to wear a mask and appropriate PPE at all times.

In the Dining Hall

One of the most important things our community shares together is dining. The value of eating together as a family remains a cornerstone of our community interaction and although we are required to physically distance and limit whole school dining for some meals, we will do our utmost to bring our whole community together for lunchtime meals.

To achieve this goal, LCS is committed to eating together outside as often as possible, weather permitting. Our food service provider, Aramark Canada, will be providing a few different options in order to accommodate safe and expedient food access. We will have a grab-and-go station and our usual 'hot line' and, of course, we will be continuing to offer our outstanding soup choices. All food will be served cafeteria style (self-serve and buffet options will not be available during the pandemic period).

The LCS Dining Hall is managed and operated under the policies and protocols of Aramark Canada.

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  • General Guidelines

    • The school is committed to eating outside as much as possible.  When this is not possible, students and staff who are not sitting with their residential cohort will be required to maintain a physical distance of 2m at all times. Students and staff will be encouraged and may be required to eat with their residential cohorts for efficiency of dining service.
    • Dining Hall staff are required to wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in accordance with Aramark’s high standards. 
    • Dining for all meals will occur in accordance with a pre-arranged schedule.
    • Diners will enter the dining hall through the main interior door (east side) and depart through the patio doors (south side).
    • All diners must sanitize their hands prior to entering the dining hall and upon departure.
    • All food and beverage service delivery will be cafeteria style (buffet self-service is not permitted during the pandemic period).  Diners will line up in a single file line with clearly marked 2m distances between diners.
    • Diners are not permitted to share food, utensils, beverages, etc.
  • Meal Guidelines

    Please note, the following meal guidelines apply when eating in the dining hall or outside:
     
    Breakfast
    Residential students, residential staff and the Teacher on Duty may eat breakfast in the dining hall. Students will eat together in their house cohorts. Day students and day staff are not permitted to eat breakfast in the dining hall. Rest assured, as pandemic restrictions change, we will review conditions and work to return to normal dining hall access for all our students.

    Lunch
    All students and staff members of the LCS community may eat lunch at their designated time in the dining hall.

    Dinner
    Only Residential students and residential staff are permitted to eat dinner in the dining hall. Students will eat together in their house cohorts. Day students and day staff are not permitted to eat dinner in the dining hall. Rest assured, as pandemic restrictions change, we will review conditions and work to return to normal dining hall access for all our students.

    In order to minimize exposure, non-LCS employed family members, children, guests, etc., are not permitted to eat in the dining hall.
  • Snacks

    We understand how hungry our students become over the course of their busy day. While School Stores will not be able to sell food items for the time being, the school will provide students with snack options during breaks and after classes. The dining hall will also continue to provide students with the option to purchase pizza slices 'to go' in the afternoons after classes.
  • Off Campus Food Ordering and Delivery

    As stated in the School Life Guide (page 19) LCS generally discourages the ordering of food from off campus venues.   In those circumstances when a student is permitted to order food, they must wait outside of their residence to meet the delivery.  AT NO TIME SHOULD A DELIVERY PERSON BE KNOCKING OR WAITING AT A RESIDENCE DOOR.

In the Learning Commons (Library)

The Learning Commons will be used for quiet study, research and work purposes only.  During the pandemic period the library cannot be used as a congregate social space.
  • Staff and students will enter the Learning Commons through the north end door.  Everyone will be required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the Learning Commons.
  • Physical distancing of 2m per person (even if housemates) is required at all times.  Occupancy inside the Learning Commons will be limited to a maximum number of students to allow for physical distancing.  Beyond this number, students will not be permitted entrance.
  • The exit for the Learning Commons will be through the south end door.
  • For cleaning purposes, the Learning Commons will not be available for use in the evening.

In the School Block Building

The main school building will close at 8:45 PM on weekdays and 7:00 PM on weekends.  Students are encouraged to socialize outdoors.  As the weather and local health conditions change, access to the school block will be reviewed.

In School Stores

School Stores is relatively small. To accommodate physical distancing requirements, a limit of 2 patrons at one time is permitted.
  • Patrons will be required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the store.  
  • Patrons are asked to avoid ‘browsing’ and are to attend to their shopping as expediently as possible to ensure that each patron has an opportunity to use the space.
  • Food items will not be available for purchase from School Stores. The school will provide students with snack options during breaks and after classes.  The dining hall will also continue to provide students with the option to purchase pizza slices 'to go' in the afternoons after classes.
  • There will be a designated line outside of School Stores.  Patrons awaiting their turn will line up single file spaced 2m apart.  After one patron exits, the next in line may sanitize and enter the store.
  • Non-LCS patrons may shop at School Stores by appointment only.  If you wish to make an appointment, please contact Krista Dunford at kdunford@lcs.on.ca or by phone 705.652.3324 ext. 340.

In the Health and Wellbeing Centre (WBC)

The Lakefield College School Health and Wellbeing team are a well trained and experienced nursing team.  Our nurses and Director of Health & Wellbeing are working closely with our local public health unit and physicians and are prepared to respond to the many issues that may arise in our community as a result of the current pandemic.

LCS has enjoyed a long time partnership with our local health unit, Peterborough Public Health (PPH).  PPH has been involved with and advised the school in the creation of our pandemic plan and WBC protocols and procedures.

In order to best serve all of our students' medical needs, we have created independent systems of care for Non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 Care patients.  As part of this model, we have transformed a former staff house into a separate COVID-19 Care Unit.  This will enable our specifically assigned COVID-19 Care Nurses who are trained in testing, tracing and treatment to care for suspected or diagnosed COVID-19 patients.

The Health & Wellbeing Centre and Ontario Telemedicine Network
The LCS Health & Wellbeing Centre follows the guidance and directives of Health Ontario and our school physicians.  In order to ensure the highest quality of care LCS has become an Ontario Telemedicine Network Clinic which will allow our nursing team to coordinate virtual appointments with either our school physician or with an Ontario student's own doctor from home. Should a physician feel a student must be seen 'in person' we will schedule an appointment as per the physician's direction.

The LCS Director of Health & Wellbeing, Jane Evans can be contacted at jevans@lcs.on.ca or by phone 705.652.3324 ext. 341.

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  • Visiting the Health and Wellbeing Centre (WBC)

    In order to best manage our community's health needs, while ensuring limited exposure to others, students and staff must call ahead in order to arrange an appointment with a nurse (705.652.3324 ext. 341). ‘Walk In’ visits are not permitted. 
  • Students Taking Medication

    Student medication will be kept locked in a medication lockbox, locked in the residential staff office.  Students will receive their medications as prescribed by their physician from their residential staff on duty.
  • Non-COVID-19 Illness or Injury

    Students who are experiencing non-COVID-19 related illnesses or injury will contact the nurse on duty by calling 705.652.3324 ext. 341.

    The nurse on duty will then screen the student for an assessment and treatment plan.  If a student is able to be assessed, diagnosed and treated over the phone, or through teleconferencing (e.g., Zoom, Facetime, etc.), the student will not visit the WBC.  If, after the initial assessment the student is required to visit the WBC, an appointment to see a nurse will be scheduled.  

    A student may remain in their residence room if they are unable to attend classes due to their illness or injury and the nurse on duty will note this on the student’s Edsby portal.
  • COVID-19 Care Unit

    A key component of our outbreak management plan is to isolate a building on campus in the event of a case. Lakefield College School has created a COVID-19 Care Unit  in Lampman House, formerly a staff residence, beside our current Wellbeing Centre. 

    Students who have identified symptoms after their self assessment and students and staff who are experiencing symptoms through the course of the day are to contact the nurse on duty by calling 705.652.3324 ext. 341.

    The nurse on duty will assess the student or staff member over the phone and either immediately direct the student or staff member to the COVID-19 Care Unit or arrange an appointment if a nurse isn’t immediately available (in this instance the student or staff member will be required to self-isolate until such time as they can be seen.)
  • Testing and Treatment

    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.  

    Students
    Students who are symptomatic will be required to remain in the COVID-19 Care Unit to self-isolate in accordance with their care and treatment plan.  The students’ parents, the Peterborough Public Health Unit and school administration will be immediately informed of the symptomatic case.  

    If a student test result is negative, the student may still be required to self-isolate in accordance with public health protocols.  In these instances a student will be asked to recuperate at home if possible, until such time as the symptoms resolve and the student is cleared to return to school.
     
    If a student test is positive they will be required to go home, if possible, until the case is considered resolved by their physician and public health.  If a student is unable to go home the student must remain in self-isolation in the COVID-19 Care Unit until such time as the symptoms resolve and the student is cleared by Public Health to return to school.

    Staff
    Staff members who become symptomatic on campus will be required to go home to self-isolate. If symptoms persist beyond 24 hours they should report to their own physician and to their local Public Health Unit.  

    If a staff test result is negative the staff member may still be required to self-isolate at home in accordance with public health protocols. 

    If a staff test is positive the staff member will be required to stay home until such time as is directed to be cleared and ‘resolved’ by their physician and public health.
  • Contact Tracing

    Contact Tracing is a requirement during the period of a pandemic to limit and best manage the spread of COVID-19. 

    LCS COVID Care Nurses have completed the Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing Course.  

    If a student or staff member is identified as having a confirmed case of COVID-19 they are required to answer tracing questions in order to assess the extent of exposure to them and by them.  Although the contact tracing will be officially completed by a member of the PPHU, our staff are required to begin the questioning immediately.
  • Exposure

    Any staff member who has been informed that they have been immediately exposed to the coronavirus must contact their local public health unit for instructions.  Staff must also inform Jane Evans, Director of Health & Wellbeing.  Staff who have been immediately exposed may be required to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

    Students who have been informed that they have been exposed must immediately inform their residential staff on duty and contact the Health & Wellbeing Centre (705) 652-3324 ext. 341 during the day.  If it is after hours the residential staff will contact the nurse on-call by calling the on-call phone.  In these instances the student will be required to attend an appointment with the COVID19 Care Nurse for screening.  Peterborough Public Health (PPH) will be contacted and the student may be placed in isolation in accordance with PPH directions.

    Roommates of a student who has been confirmed as having COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate in the COVID-19 Care Unit.  In these instances, the roommate may be required to be tested.

    Housemates of a student who has been confirmed as having COVID-19 will be required to self-monitor and may be required to be regularly assessed by a COVID-19 Care Nurse.  In these instances, the housemates may be required to be tested.

    In the event of a positive case of COVID-19 on campus, the school will follow all communication guidelines as directed by PPH. If a student, parents will be contacted and informed immediately, as will the parents of those students who are considered to have been immediately exposed and must isolate.
  • Mental Health Care

    Student mental health is always the utmost concern and priority of care for our Wellbeing team.  Lakefield College School is committed to upholding the high standard of mental health care we are known for, most important during this anxiety-provoking time.

    All of our nursing and faculty team are trained in Mental Health First Aid and one of our nurses is trained as a Mental Health First Aid instructor.

    Lakefield College School will continue to have a counsellor on staff, Ms. Emily Cosgrove who can be reached at ecosgrove@lcs.on.ca or 705.652.3324 ext. 341.

    Lakefield College School is a chapter member of Jack.org, a student peer-led mental health program (under the staff supervision of our school counselor) that focuses on breaking down all barriers; racism, gender, faith, etc. in order to love and uphold all members of our community. These barriers appear more prevalent in society during the COVID19 pandemic and thus our school community is even more committed to upholding our values of equity and social justice. Students who breach these standards will be held strictly accountable in accordance with our harassment and bullying policies as outlined in our School Life Guide.

    We will also continue to provide monthly office hours for our school psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Nugent whose appointments will be scheduled by nurse or physician referral. 

    LCS has enhanced our counselling team as a result of the pandemic by partnering with four additional counsellors who are available for student support.

    Many of our students would like to have remote access to their own counsellor from home. Our team is happy to facilitate and assist in scheduling a private space for these sessions when requested.

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.

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