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Blyth Academy Downsview Park Principal Update

Welcome to Term 4! A new term brings new opportunities! As we continue to thrive in our virtual classrooms I encourage all of our students to reflect on their achievement in their previous terms and set goals for their future achievement, success and well-being in our final term!

An Update From Your Principal: April 2020

Thanks to all families for your continued support! We recognize these are challenging and unprecedented times but I feel we are all realizing what is truly important in our lives; family, safety, health, to name a few!

Term Four Is Approaching

As we approach the beginning of Term 4, I wanted to reach out once again to our broader community and express my profound gratitude and congratulations for the work that is being done by our parents, students and staff in our new virtual environment.

The Week Ahead

We hope you have had a wonderful week! We are continuing to have some exciting guest speakers and activities going on next week.

Blyth Academy Campuses Will Remain Closed Until May

Following direction from the Ministry, all Blyth Academy campuses will remain closed until May. We will continue to follow the direction of the Ministry of Education and campuses will reopen once it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so.

A Quick Update

We have a number of exciting events and guest speakers coming up this week; please check Edsby for the full schedule and links. This is also a reminder that we do not have classes on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 due to Easter.

Our Second Week as a Virtual School

As we enter our second week as a virtual school I am sure we are all beginning to feel a little more comfortable with our new way of learning! I ask that our students continue to be on time for their daily classes and complete their work each day.

A Letter From Your Principal

What a fantastic week! I would like to thank you all for your kind words of support, appreciation and understanding during this transition to an online school! While it has definitely been a whirlwind of a week, it appears that we are all getting more comfortable with the new norm!

A Peek Into Our Virtual Classrooms

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms.

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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