Downsview Park News

Update from Principal Hurley | Downsview

As per the government announcement today, schools in Toronto must continue learning virtually until February 10th.While we are sure everyone would prefer be learning in person..

Ontario In-Person Classes Update | Downsview

We hope you have all been enjoying your Holiday break! As a result of the recent government announcement, we will be shifting our school to virtual classrooms as of January 4th.

Wrapping up the School Year

Where has the time gone! It seems like yesterday we were all coming together in our student lounge for orientation day and now we are already wrapping up the school year!

Blyth Academy Downsview Park Weekly Update

I can’t believe we have been in our virtual classrooms for over 2.5 months now! I am sure there have been challenges along the way but I am hopeful that we have been able to provide your child and your family with some structure, engagement and most importantly, fun!

Blyth Academy Downsview Park Weekly Update

Thanks to everyone who attended our first Virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews! I was able to pop into many interviews to say “Hi” and it was so nice seeing all of your familiar faces!

The Midterm Point of Term Four

As we approach the midterm point of Term Four, the summer break is fast-approaching and well-deserved for all students and staff!

Final Exams, Graduation, Re-enrolment Deadline

Please read through these few important items and feel free to contact me or let me know how you’re doing out there. I am missing the daily interactions with you students especially, so DO reach out! Wishing you all the very best.

The Week Ahead at Blyth Academy Downsview Park

An Update From Your Principal   Greetings Blyth Families! We can’t thank you enough for all of your support throughout this unprecedented time. We are excited about how well things are going and how we have been able to bring in some fantastic guest speakers...

An Update From Your Principal

I can’t believe it is May already! While this has definitely been a year with unprecedented change, I feel that it has flown by! As we progress through Term Four I am excited to see our students continue to thrive and our teachers continue to provide our students with engaging and innovative learning experiences!

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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