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  • November 11: Public school board in Kawartha Lakes opts to close schools during snow days
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 11 Nov 2020     Trillium Lakelands District School Board will transition students to online learning when busing to schools is cancelled due to inclement weather to maintain COVID-19 safety plans.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (2004), 11 Nov 2020   Trillium Lakelands District School Board will transition students to online learning when ...
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  • November 11: Parents push for school photos; more money coming for tech, infrastructure
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 11 Nov 2020     Parents pushed the local public school board to allow for school photos. At the time, the school board was working with the local health unit to work on protocol to allow outside photographers into the building. The board hopes that provincial and federal investment in growing broadband access will help ...
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 11 Nov 2020   Parents pushed the local public school board to allow for school photos. ...
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  • November 12: Worries about octoblocks grow as students, teachers deal with relentless pace
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 12 Nov 2020     Despite mostly positive reports from senior local public school board staff regarding octoblocks, a different narrative emerged powered by student and teacher experiences. Octoblocks, according to a school trustee, a union representative, and three teachers affected students and staff in a number of negative ways.
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 12 Nov 2020   Despite mostly positive reports from senior local public school board staff regarding ...
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  • November 30: Kawartha education unions have mixed reactions to idea of mandatory testing
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 30 Nov 2020     The Ontario government launched voluntary testing of asymptomatic staff and students in high risk areas but Premier Doug Ford believed unions would not support mandatory testing even though COVID-19 school cases continued to climb. Local teachers union presidents said decision about COVID strategies should be backed by expert public health ...
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 30 Nov 2020   The Ontario government launched voluntary testing of asymptomatic staff and students in ...
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  • November 25: School board notes - a $3 million deficit, students' resilience, and a 100 day report from director
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 25 Nov 2020     The Trillium Lakelands District School Board met, covering their recent audit, staff reporting on some of the upsides seen during the pandemic, and the director of education's 100-day report.
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 25 Nov 2020   The Trillium Lakelands District School Board met, covering their recent audit, staff ...
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  • December 18: TLDSB caught in middle of school closure rumours
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 18 Dec 2020     The local public school board was caught between rumours of school shutdowns and a provincial lockdown. Schools were expected to reopen on January 4, 2021 with no indication of any closures occurring as of December 18, 2020. However, the Ministry of Education and school board were encouraging teachers to see ...
    Winter, Kirk, The Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns), 18 Dec 2020   The local public school board was caught between rumours of school shutdowns ...
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  • January 8: Some parents and caregivers frustrated as online learning extended
    Walker, Jennifer, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 8 Jan 2021     Many working parents and caregivers are feeling pressure and anxiety after the government announced at home learning has been extended until January 25.
    Walker, Jennifer, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 8 Jan 2021   Many working parents and caregivers are feeling pressure and anxiety after the ...
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  • January 2: Public school board reflects on highs and lows of COVID-19
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 2 Jan 2021     The local newspaper spoke with Director of Education Wesley Hahn from the local public school board about the five biggest challenges and benefits that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic from their perspective.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 2 Jan 2021   The local newspaper spoke with Director of Education Wesley Hahn from the ...
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  • December 30: Kawartha Lakes students rising above gaps created by COVID-19
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 30 Dec 2020     Kawartha Lakes students rose above the challenges presented by learning in a time of COVID-19, according to the local public school board.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 30 Dec 2020   Kawartha Lakes students rose above the challenges presented by learning in a ...
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  • January 6: Health units urged to delay elementary students' Jan. 11 return to school
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 6 Jan 2021     The Elementary teachers' union said sending students, teachers and education workers back to school while the province is locked for another two to three weeks doesn't make sense.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 6 Jan 2021   The Elementary teachers' union said sending students, teachers and education workers back ...
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  • January 6: Union disputes letter send to TLDSB parents about teacher online training
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 6 Jan 2021     Colin Matthew, president of District 15 of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation, was upset that the local public school board forwarded a letter from the Ministry of Education on to parents with important contextual errors that unchallenged and uncorrected.
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 6 Jan 2021   Colin Matthew, president of District 15 of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's ...
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  • February 3: Rise in homeschooling concerns Trillium Lakelands education director
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 3 Feb 2021     Local public school board reported close to double the number of families teaching children themselves compared to previous year. The number of reasons for this included parents working from home opting to keep children home too, consistency in providing their child's education (twice in less than a year, students had ...
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 3 Feb 2021   Local public school board reported close to double the number of families ...
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  • February 1: New certificate helps province address COVID-19-related teacher shortage
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 1 Feb 2021     The Council of the Ontario College of Teachers endorsed the creation of a Temporary Certificate to enable faculty of education students to begin teaching earlier as a partial solution to Ontario’s teaching shortage. Students who were enrolled in an accredited Ontario teacher education program and were expected to complete their ...
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 1 Feb 2021   The Council of the Ontario College of Teachers endorsed the creation of ...
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  • February 1: Province expanding testing and enhancing school protocols with funds from the federal government
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 1 Feb 2021     As more students return to class today, the Ontario government says it is providing an additional $381 million, provided through the federal Safe Return to Class Fund, to keep schools safe from COVID-19. This funding will be used improve air quality and ventilation in schools, support online learning,promote student mental ...
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 1 Feb 2021   As more students return to class today, the Ontario government says it ...
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  • February 3: Questions remain as to who will administer rapid COVID-19 testing in schools
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 3 Feb 2021     At a recent press conference, Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams were vague on key school issues. One question was who would be administering the rapid COVID-19 test in school settings. According to Colin Matthew, president of Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District ...
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 3 Feb 2021   At a recent press conference, Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical ...
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  • January 26: Working with multiple health units means back to school not for everyone
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 26 Jan 2021     Dealing with multiple health units and differing COVID-19 zones was challenging enough, but local school boards also had to navigate through the issue of some students still having to learn virtually.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 26 Jan 2021   Dealing with multiple health units and differing COVID-19 zones was challenging enough, ...
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  • January 23: Local students will need to wears masks outside, during recess and breaks when school resumes
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 23 Jan 2021     The local public school board sent out a list of new health and safety measures put in place along with a list of reminders about previous measures in advance of children returning to in-school class on January 25, 2021.
    VanMeer, Pamela, Kawartha411.ca (20150713), 23 Jan 2021   The local public school board sent out a list of new health ...
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  • January 20: Kawartha Lakes students back to school Monday
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 20 Jan 2021     Many parents in Kawartha Lakes were overjoyed to hear that their school-aged children who attended in-person learning before the 2020 Christmas holiday would be returning to school on January 25, 2021.
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 20 Jan 2021   Many parents in Kawartha Lakes were overjoyed to hear that their school-aged ...
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  • January 19: School board reports show education stressors are piling up
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 19 Jan 2021     Reports made by multiple Trillium Lakelands District School Board officials indicated a system that, while working hard to provide the best available education, was straining under the almost constant change being thrown at it by pandemic-related developments and these stressors impacted administrators, front-line staff, parents, and students.
    Winter, Kirk, Lindsay Advocate (Lindsay, Ontario: Roderick Benns, 201804), 19 Jan 2021   Reports made by multiple Trillium Lakelands District School Board officials indicated a ...
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  • January 21: Health unit believes schools safe to return during provincial lockdown
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 21 Jan 2021     Despite hundreds of new COVID-19 cases still being reported across the province daily, the local health unit believed that one of the best places for children just might have been back in school.
    Whitnall, Catherine, Kawartha Lakes This Week (Kawartha Lakes, ON: Kawartha Media Group, 2004), 21 Jan 2021   Despite hundreds of new COVID-19 cases still being reported across the province ...
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COVID-19: The Kawartha Lakes Pandemic Time Capsule


A collection of local and general news articles, photographs, experiences shared by citizens of the City of Kawartha Lakes during the COVID-19 global pandemic shutdown, March 17, 2020 to the present day. The COVID-19 pandemic made the world reconsider standards of public health care, childcare, and debate on the future of the working world as global economies shut down behind lockdowns and stay-at-home orders to protect their citizens from the fast-spreading novel coronavirus or COVID-19. In Ontario, outbreaks at many long-term care homes led to an investigation in September 2020 into the living and working situations within the homes following deployment of Canadian military to support exhausted front-line long-term care home workers and alleviate short-staffed situations. As of January 5, 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic infected 617,061 Canadians (197,360 in Ontario, 276 in Kawartha Lakes). 521,279 people recovered from the infection (166,790 in Ontario, 223 in Kawartha Lakes). 16,187 Canadians died due to COVID-19 (4,730 in Ontario, 32 in Kawartha Lakes). As of January 5, 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic infected 86,453,154 people worldwide. 61,265,537 people recovered from the virus. 1,867,986 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported worldwide.