Etobicoke News

Wrapping Up Term Four

It has been so great to see some of our kids (and parents!) this week as you came to clean out your lockers. I miss seeing you everyday and have welcomed the opportunity to catch up with you.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

This week – yesterday in fact – was when we were meant to celebrate the achievements of our Class of 2020 at their graduation ceremony. please take a moment to celebrate them this weekend. High school graduation is an important milestone and they deserve to bask in the magnificence of that!

Halfway Through Term Four

I know that it’s hard to believe, but this week we have reached the midterm point of our Term Four courses! Congratulations to our students for their continued investment in their studies to finish off the year strong

New CGR4M Virtual Summer School Course

Blyth Academy is pleased to offer students a virtual summer school course that will allow students to experience the majesty of Algonquin Park all from the safety of their homes or cottages.

An Update From Your Principal

I hope this message finds you all well and enjoying the onset of May. This weekend promises to be a beautiful one and I encourage everyone to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise while still maintaining physical distancing protocols.

Blyth Academy Etobicoke Principal Update

First, congratulations on some great Term Three results, Blyth ET! I continue to be impressed by the effort that students are putting into their virtual classes. Over the past week as I reviewed student outcomes with teachers, I was routinely in awe of the work that has been done by our classes in our virtual space.

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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