London Students Selected in Round 1 of 2018 NHL Draft

Two Blyth Academy London students were selected in Round One of the 2018 NHL Draft. Evan Bouchard, who graduated from Blyth Academy London in 2017, was selected 10th overall to the Edmonton Oilers, and Liam Foudy, who is set to graduate this year, was selected 18th overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Both Evan and Liam played for the London Knights in the OHL. In 2017/18 Evan ranked first among all defensemen and eight overall in the entire OHL. Liam finished third on the London Knights with 24 goals and represented Team Canada at the 2018 under-18 World Championships in Russia.

Congratulations and good luck!

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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