A Letter From Your Principal

Hello Blyth Academy Families,

I have to tell you that the highlight of each of my days this week was popping into the Virtual Classrooms and seeing the smiling faces of your sons and daughters. I truly hope that being with their teachers and classmates provided your kids with some sense of normalcy and purpose for their days. Additionally, I cannot give higher praise for our amazing teachers who have taken the ball and run with it. Just this first week, I have seen students solving difficult math equations together, giving presentations, going on virtual scavenger hunts, engaging in a class talent show, reading Shakespeare together, listening intently to lessons, sharing ideas to solve technical glitches, engaging in oral assessments, and the list goes on and on. This is all because of the dedicated teachers that we have.

There are no substantive updates to share with you at this time. It is appearing more and more likely that we will not be returning to the campus on April 6. However, no decision has been made yet. What this means is that we are currently working hard to determine the best way to administer final exams for term 3 and making some edits to the term four course calendar.

In closing, I just ask that you all stay safe, keep others safe, and count your many, many blessings. We are all in this together.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sheila Robitaille

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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