Back to School Information for Parents

The Government of Ontario has announced the back to school plan indicating the COVID-related health and safety regulations for the upcoming school year. The Government of Ontario’s plan indicates that face masks will continue to be mandatory for students in Grades 1-12, staff, and visitors while inside school buildings, and that proper hand hygiene compliance will continue to be encouraged. School boards across Ontario are also required to establish classroom cohorting systems once again to limit the risk of transmission to larger groups. Cleaning and disinfecting measures will continue to meet provincial standards. Click here to view the Government of Ontario’s complete COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022).

Lakehead Public Schools is in close consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and is preparing a Return to Learning plan based on the Government of Ontario’s guidance for schools. The Return to Learning plan will be communicated to families in August 2021.

Lakehead Public Schools is actively planning a rich and positive school environment for students and looks forward to offering engaging, fun, and stimulating activities in the upcoming school year. Alongside academics, a focus on emotional, physical, and mental health will be a priority. As we welcome students to in-person learning this year, our mission continues to be to ensure the success of every student.

We strongly encourage students and family members 12 years old and up to receive their COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible to contribute to a safe school community. For information on getting the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit