A Quick Update From Your Principal

 
Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

I hope that this week has been largely a positive one for each of you in our community.

Our Term Three courses are wrapping up with a few exams and assignments due next week. The faculty team is working to get all final work marked next week, beginning with that of our post-secondary bound students, so that all marks can be sent to OUAC by the 23rd. Our aim is to have final marks and report cards emailed out to all families by Tuesday, April 28th. We’re allowing ourselves a bit more time to close things off this term due to the circumstances, and we thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this.

We hope that students (and parents!) will enjoy the rest between terms. We look forward to seeing students in their Term Four virtual classrooms for the first day of classes on Thursday, April 23.

I want to thank all of you, once again, for your ongoing support and cheerleading. It is so very appreciated. As I have shared with some of you in personal correspondence, I read your accolades to the team at our regular meetings. Your words have an incredible impact and help us to continue doing our very best for our Blyth ET community each day. While we are presently living a version of our lives forced upon us by this virus, I hope that it has allowed all of you to pause, breathe, reflect, and be present in the moment. This is a unique opportunity and so very different from our rushed lives of the “before times”.

Best,

Laurie Foley

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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