Ottawa News

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.

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 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.

Important Update Due To COVID-19 Concerns

The Ontario government has made the decision to close all publicly funded schools for two weeks following March Break due to COVID-19 concerns. The safety of our students is Blyth Academy’s number one priority. All Blyth Academy campuses will also be closed from March 14-April 5.

New Ways to Pay for Higher Education

New Ways to Pay for Higher Education This fall Blyth Academy is sponsoring an informative, 1-hour seminar on wide-ranging and innovative ways to help students pay for Higher Education. The seminar will be provided by Suzanne Tyson, founder of Higher Ed Points, and...

Blyth Academy to Merge with NACE Schools Group

Blyth Academy to Merge with NACE Schools Group

Dear Parents, Students, and Supporters, I am writing to let you know that Blyth Academy has recently agreed to a merger with the NACE Schools Group. This will bring together two high quality, successful organizations to create one of the largest and best...

Blyth Academy Ottawa & Blyth Academy @CIHA Terry Fox Run

The sun was shining down on our students yesterday as they hit the pavement for the Terry Fox Walk along the Rideau Canal to Parliament Hill. Thanks to everyone who supported through donations benefiting the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research.

Blyth Academy Ottawa Students Collect Little Bags of Goodness

Blyth Academy Ottawa Students Collect Little Bags of Goodness

Blyth Academy Ottawa took part in the Little Bags of Goodness initiative this week in support of women’s shelters in the Ottawa area. Students helped assemble and hand out 3,500 Little Bags of Goodness throughout the community.

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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