Blyth Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Frances Hatcher as VP of Academics.

Previously Head of School for our Thornhill campus, Frances Hatcher began her teaching career at the elementary level, after graduating from the University of London, England. Ms. Hatcher acquired post graduate qualifications in Math and Educational Management at the University of Greenwich, then moved to an inner London High School where she became Head of Foundation Year. Here, she developed and implemented a school transition program to help students smoothly integrate into high school. In 1991, Ms. Hatcher immigrated to Canada with her family and continued her teaching career in a private school. During the past 20 years, Ms. Hatcher has gained extensive experience in all areas of teaching, guidance and school management and held a number of senior management positions. She also brings experience in working with gifted and exceptional students. Ms. Hatcher is a passionate and caring educator who is committed to the success of her students.

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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