Cawthra Student HOSA winner

On March 1st and 2nd, Blyth Academy Cawthra Estate’s grade 9 and 10 students competed in the HOSA Spring Leadership Conference 2017 at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. We entered three teams competing in areas such as First Aid/CPR and Public Health Education on topics such as the Zika epidemic.

The students worked tirelessly since December to prepare for the competition and did all of us at Blyth Academy Cawthra proud through their conduct, professionalism and commitment to the event.

Our very own Caitlin DeGasperis-Atchison placed 1st out of 19 participants in the Health Career Photography event.

Blyth Academy Cawthra would also like to thank Madelaine Sue-Wah-Sing, Victoria Tchoryk, Michal Lipiszko, Marko Dimitrievski and Caden Roe-Waters for their hard work and dedication to HOSA as well; we are all very proud of you!

Caitlin D.-A. - 1st place in Health Career Photography event
Caitlin D.-A. - 1st place in Health Career Photography 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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