An Update From Your Principal

 
Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

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. Our students know I like to say, “Make good choices!” as they walk out the door on a Friday; same message here! As you have likely seen, public schools in Ontario have announced that they will be extending closures until at least May 31. Not surprisingly, Blyth Academy will be following suit. This is disappointing, but necessary, in order to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect all in our community. We will of course continue on with teaching and learning in our virtual classrooms and work together to further improve the virtual school experience for all.

In closing here today, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the stress and struggle that many are experiencing while we practice physical distancing and work together to flatten the curve. The task is the same for students as it is for the rest of us: make room to talk about the struggle and stress, make time for what nurtures you, and throughout, stay solutions-oriented and do your best. You can’t ask more than that of yourself. On that front, I wanted to share with you an activity that the faculty team took part in this week that we really felt nurtured us. We took a moment to think about and share with one another something that our present reality has introduced to our lives that we are grateful for and makes us happy. Turns out, even the little things – like not having to think about what to pack for lunch are bringing us joy right now! If you have a moment this weekend (and I suspect you will; time is, for once, on our side), I encourage you to try this activity with your family. For us, the positive effects of the share were substantial and not short-lived.

Be well and wonderful out there, Blyth ET!

Effective March 17, 2020, Blyth Academy is remote organization in hopes of doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be receiving all emails, phone calls, and voicemails and are dedicated to maintaining business as usual. Thank you for your continued support!

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms, to ensure our students don’t miss out on valuable curriculum hours. Our small class sizes and individualized approach will continue in a virtual model, as will the structure that students need to be engaged and successful during the closure. Live virtual classes, office hours, guidance support and even extracurricular activities will continue through virtual tools. In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support their school provides them.

Our plans include continuing term three virtually, along with all of the usual processes for student report cards and information sharing with post-secondary institutions delivered on schedule. Planning for term four is underway with Principals and guidance staff working on finalizing courses and students’ schedules.

Blyth Academy is committed to providing students with personalized instruction and support, focusing on critical and creative thinking skills, and nurturing curiosity, innovation and student leadership. We are also committed to providing ongoing communication between the school and families.

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