The Benefits of Our Four Term Structure

For the past 10 years, Blyth Academy high school students have followed a four-term, two course per term structure. When the Ontario Ministry of Education recommended this quadmester timetable as part of the re-opening plan for all Ontario schools, many semestered and non-semestered high schools across the province had to quickly adapt. School boards that usually operate on a traditional two-semester, four course model are now working feverishly to navigate faculty and students through a very different school year.

Back to School at Blyth Academy

We are one week into back-to-school, and the nervous energy that first filled the hallways has quickly turned into excitement for a safe and successful school year.
Our campuses were well prepared for the return of students, with physical distancing and sanitary protocols in place across our 10 Ontario locations. Our signature small class sizes (with an average of ten students) as well as small school communities, have enabled our campuses to easily adapt to the safety protocols set out by the Ontario School Board.

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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