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Parents urged to get youth vaccinated against COVID-19

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The time is right for area youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19, says a media release from the local health unit.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is encouraging youth aged 12 to 17 years to get vaccinated against COVID-19 during the month of June. Based on the province’s schedule for second doses, youth vaccinated this month will be eligible to receive their second dose in August, ensuring they are fully vaccinated when school resumes in September.

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Board rejects Ford’s call for in-person graduations

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Board rejects Ford’s call for in-person graduations
Grads like this will not be possible this year.

The Trillium Lakelands Board of Education has decided to stand their ground on their decision to host virtual graduations for their Grade 8 and Grade 12 students.

Director of education Wes Hahn told trustees that the planning for these events has been going on for months, the provincial recommendation for in-person outdoor graduations came too late and that after discussions with the two local health units, the board was told in-person outdoor graduations would be unsafe.

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TLDSB opts for quadmesters; two classes per day

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TLDSB opts for quadmesters; two classes per day

Secondary students in Kawartha Lakes will still not be back to pre-pandemic normal come September, but a traditional-looking school year is getting a bit closer. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has opted to move from octomesters, where students take one class a day all day for 22 days, to quadmesters, where they will take one class in the morning and one class in the afternoon every day for 44 days.

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Health unit encourages caution with move to reopening

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As the province lifts a number of COVID-19 restrictions for some stores, services and activities in coming days, the local health unit asks people to continue staying safe every step of the way. 

As of 12:01 am on Friday (June 11), Ontario will enter Step 1 of its Roadmap to Reopen. In this first step, non-essential retailers will be able to reopen for limited in-person shopping, limited outdoor dining on restaurant patios will be allowed, more outdoor activities like camping, fitness classes and religious services can resume, and outdoor gathering sizes will double to up to 10 people.

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Board decides tonight if unpopular ‘octomesters’ will continue in fall

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Board decides tonight if unpopular 'octomesters' will continue

Staff and students are concerned that the Trillium Lakelands District School Board may be once again considering the highly unpopular octomesters come September.

While these structures have worked effectively to combat the spread of COVID-19, educationally they have been unsatisfactory for many having to teach or learn in them.

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Children’s summer outreach lunch program is back at King Albert, Queen Victoria

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A previous year's summer outreach lunch program. This year, organizers hope to give even more free lunches away in the community.

Last year, 328 free lunches were given out to elementary kids in Lindsay through Kawartha Lakes Food Source and its partners’ summer lunch program – but they’re hoping to reach even more children this year.

From June 16 to Aug. 20, the school lunch program will be distributing lunches at King Albert Public School from (11 a.m. to Noon) and at Queen Victoria Public School (12:30-1:30 p.m.) on Wednesdays and Fridays, two of Lindsay’s more economically challenged catchment areas.

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King Albert principal sad to leave, says school is in good hands

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Outgoing principal Dean Burke.

For the last four years, Dean Burke has enjoyed every minute he has been the principal of King Albert Public School in Lindsay. With the help of staff, students, parents and community partners Burke has worked very hard to make King Albert a place his students want to be.

Burke, a King Albert graduate himself, began teaching in 2009, and made the transition into administration as the “teacher in charge” at Our Lady of Fatima in Longlac, Ontario in 2014.

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Bocking recommends against ORVs on roads

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Bocking recommends against ORVs on roads
Dr. Natalie Bocking says ORV use should be restricted to trails.

Dr. Natalie Bocking, medical officer of health for Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, recommended to council that ORVs be restricted to “trail use only.”

“There are many people in the city passionate about the issue of ORV usage,” Bocking said, but at public health “our mandate is to promote and protect the health of residents.”

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New Family Health Team leader for Kawartha Lakes

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Aasif Khakoo will be joining the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team next month as its new executive director.

“The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team Board of Directors wish to extend a sincere welcome to Aasif. We are very happy to have him join our Family Health Team and we look forward to working with him.” said Dr. Peter Anderson, FHT board president.

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Pride Month to be celebrated by local school board  

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board will be recognizing Pride Month right across the board beginning June 1.

Superintendent Jennifer Johnson shared with trustees that as part of the ongoing work of TLDSB Equity and Inclusion Task Force the support of the Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Plus community and their allies is part of the board’s commitment that all people are able to feel safe, welcomed, included and respected.

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