Dear Students and Parents of Blyth Academy Barrie,

As you are aware, Blyth Academy continues to grow, both domestically and abroad. Our new school in Washington D.C. is now fully operational and we have two new schools opening this autumn: Blyth Academy Florence, in Italy, and Blyth Academy School for Math and Science in Waterloo. As part of this growth and in keeping with Blyth’s commitment to offer accessible pricing, Blyth Academy Barrie will merge with its sister campus in Thornhill.

The 2016/17 academic year will see the emergence of this newly merged school. Barrie students will be offered a place at Blyth Academy Thornhill, along with a daily bus service where demand warrants. Students who do not wish to commute to Thornhill will be able to take advantage of Blyth Academy Online to continue their high school studies.

This change will come into effect in July 2016. In the meantime the Barrie campus will continue with its regular program until the end of the academic year (June 30, 2016) with no disruption to the students. At the end of March, 2016, Laurie Stinson, Principal of Blyth Academy Thornhill, will take over local leadership from Barbara Hayhurst who will be transitioning to Head Office in Toronto.

We will work with families on an individual basis to ensure the best possible transition for September, whether to the Thornhill campus, into Blyth Academy Online or on to other schools. We will do the same with our teachers and staff.

Students are being advised of these changes at the end of class today. Parents are invited to stop by with any questions and are invited to join us for an information session to be held at the campus on Monday, March 7 at 5:00 pm.

We are committed to ensuring that there is no disruption to students at either campus and look forward to a strong finish for this academic year. We want to thank all of our Barrie families and the Barrie community for supporting Blyth Academy over the past four years.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Shaw
Managing Director

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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