Important Update Due To COVID-19 Concerns

 
Dear Blyth Academy Community,

The Ontario government has made the decision to close all publicly funded schools for two weeks following March Break due to COVID-19 concerns. The safety of our students is Blyth Academy’s number one priority. All Blyth Academy campuses will also be closed from March 14-April 5. Please note that today’s (Friday, March 13) academic schedule will continue as planned.

A robust plan is in place to ensure classes and learning continues to the highest standards.

We recognize that families continue to have questions regarding March Break travel. Yesterday, Public Health issued an update regarding travel over March Break. It provides answers to frequently asked questions, and can be viewed by clicking here. While it is specific to Toronto, the information applies to all of our communities. Please read the attached information carefully.

As always, we will keep staff, students and community updated as new information becomes available.

Thank you for your support as we work to help keep our communities healthy and safe.

Thank you.

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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