Blyth Academy Ottawa Students Collect Little Bags of Goodness

Blyth Academy Ottawa took part in the Little Bags of Goodness initiative this week in support of women’s shelters in the Ottawa area. The program is in partnership with local community organization, Cause We Care. Students helped assemble 3,500 Little Bags of Goodness, which contained a flyer explaining the most important personal supplies needed by shelters in the surrounding areas. They then headed door to door in the Westboro neighbourhood to hand out the bags. The students and staff returned to the homes days later to collect the bags, which had been filled with supplies. Thanks to the community, the response was overwhelming. The supplies collect will help equip two Ottawa women’s shelters for an entire year. Blyth Academy Ottawa students were extremely impressed by the amount of donations received and the generosity of their neighbours. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Kristy Larose (Principal) and student holding empty bags of goodness
students loading bags of goodness outside of Blyth Academy Ottawa
students collecting bags of goodness

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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