Yorkville News

Important Announcement | Yorkville

I am writing to inform you about a major development for the campus for next year. As I have discussed with many of you, our current property on St. Nicholas Street has been slated for redevelopment, and we have been seeking an alternative property for the last several years.

Update From Principal Booth | Yorkville

Welcome to 2021! I’m sure we had all hoped it might start a little better than 2020, but alas it appears that we will be having to dig in a little longer before the viruses, both physical and political, are behind us.

Ontario In-Person Classes Update | Yorkville

As many will now know, the Province has announced that under the newly announced lockdown, secondary schools will need to remain physically closed until January 25th.

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.

An Update From Your Principal

Dear Blyth Academy Yorkville community, I wanted to extend my own best wishes to our community in this challenging time and provide a more campus-specific update as a follow-up.

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.

Grade 9 Preview Day At Blyth Academy Yorkville

Do you want to experience a day as a high school student? Join us on Friday, January 17th, 2020. You can audit our Grade 9 classes and really get to know what it’s like to be a high school student at Blyth Academy Yorkville!

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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