PRESS RELEASE
June 11, 2013 (Ottawa, ON.)

The Ottawa 67’s today announced a partnership with a local private school to give players a better opportunity to excel in the classroom and on the ice. Blyth Academy Ottawa will customize class times to accommodate the 67’s rigorous practice and travel schedule. Blyth will also provide an optimized learning environment with far lower teacher to student ratios and increased educational resources.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our players and a big win for 67’s fans,” said 67’s Governor Jeff Hunt. “Our partnership with Blyth Academy gives players a better opportunity for success on and off the ice. They won’t miss classes, they’ll get more sleep, have more energy and they’ll be more focused in class. I’m extremely excited about our partnership with Blyth Academy.”

This is the second partnership between an OHL franchise and Blyth Academy. The Barrie Colts attend their local Blyth Academy and the team’s management and players provided glowing reviews to the 67’s. “I am better able to fulfil my academic aspirations by attending Blyth Academy,” said Colts forward and Grade 11 student Aaron Ekblad. “The educational resources in the classroom and support from teachers are more than I would receive at any other school. Blyth’s commitment to small class sizes and experiential learning has greatly contributed to my social and academic development.”

Blyth Academy provides a flexible school day, accommodating the 67’s schedule without compromising academic success. Thanks to a close relationship between teaching staff and coaches, Blyth Academy Ottawa is able to seamlessly accommodate trades, transfers, and playoff schedules. Each player will only take two credits per 10 week semester, allowing for better focus on each subject, meaning less time on homework and more time on the ice.

Further details can be viewed at www.Ottawa67s.com or www.BlythEducation.com. For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact either:

Randy Burgess
Vice President, Communications
Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
(613) 232-6767 x 229
rburgess@ottawa67s.com

Blyth Academy
416-960-3552
admissions@BlythEducation.com

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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