A Quick Update

We hope you have had a wonderful week and are ready for a relaxing weekend!

Student of the Week
As we wrap up the week we would like to recognize Rafael as our first Student of the Week! Rafael has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic in our transition to a virtual classroom and continues to flourish academically! Great work, Rafael!

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.

Also, please continue to visit the Fitness Training and Sport-Specific Skills Edsby groups for workouts and skills videos! We encourage you to post in the group or send us pictures/videos of you doing these activities to motivate one another! We will post these in the groups and on our social media accounts (@blythdownsview/@blythhockey/@blythsoccer).

Thanks to all students, staff and parents for all of your hard work this week! Have a lovely weekend!

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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