Blyth Academy Campuses Will Remain Closed Until May

Blyth Academy Students and Families,

I hope that all of you are continuing to stay healthy and well in these challenging circumstances.

As confirmed earlier today by the Minister of Education, schools will not be reopening on April 5. Following direction from the Ministry, all Blyth Academy campuses will remain closed until May. We will continue to follow the direction of the Ministry of Education and campuses will reopen once it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so. As always, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.

While teaching and learning continues to be disrupted across the Province, we are fortunate that our staff and teachers have worked hard to make Blyth Academy’s virtual classroom model a success. Feedback from students and parents following the first week of virtual classes has been outstanding and we value your continued support and participation.

With this extended closure, we are committed to continuing the same small class sizes and personalized education that you expect. 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.

Please know that Blyth Academy is also able to assist your colleagues, neighbours, friends or family with navigating academic challenges caused by COVID-19 school closures. Our Principals and admissions team are always willing to discuss individual solutions. Term Four, starting April 23, summer school, private courses, night school or Blyth Academy Online are all options for those looking to complete credits or receive additional support.

Best regards,

Kathy Young Signature

Kathy Young
Chief Academic Officer, Blyth Academy

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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