Blyth Academy Burlington opened its new campus in the Village Square. This expansion reflects our success in serving the needs of our families and students with small classes, individualized education, and brilliant teachers. It will be a wonderful home for our students and teachers for many years to come.

Village Square is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Burlington, and is within walking distance of the Waterfront and Spencer Smith Park. Designed in the tradition of a turn-of-the-century town square, Village Square unites historic architecture with modern lifestyle interests and establishments. Home to a sophisticated mix of restaurants, specialty shops and business services, Village Square has something for everyone.

“We are proud to continue our legacy of finding unique locations for our schools. It is wonderful to work once more with the local community and the City of Burlington.” – Sam Blyth – Chair, Blyth Academy.

Blyth Academy Burlington hosted a ribbon cutting event along with Mayor Goldring, Councillor Meed Ward, members of the Burlington Downtown Business Association, and the school’s staff, students and families at the Village Square to celebrate our new home.

Below are pictures from our wonderful event.

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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