London Students Shave Their Heads to Fight Cancer

This fall it was discovered that one of our Infinity School students had developed metastatic acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She had received treatment when the ALL was first diagnosed two years ago, with this disease metastasizing to her eye just after her seventh birthday this summer. She has been an important part of our newly started school, and we all care deeply for her. Even as the treatment for her current situation progressed, she had been coming to school with a smile on her face between radiation treatments.

This student lost all of her hair during her treatment process. Our other students shared with me that they were concerned that she would be feeling sad about having to be bald. They decided to shave their heads so she would not feel alone, and this started the ball rolling for our Head Shave event for Children with Cancer. We are going to shave our heads for her and raise money for SickKids Foundation (where she is now) and the Children’s Health Foundation (where she has been treated in the past) in the process. I’ve even agreed to shave my head, too, if over $10,000 is raised!

We are thrilled that the students from Blyth Academy London, including some of the London Knights players, along with Royce White of the London Lightning basketball team have joined our efforts! They are supporting us both by hosting fundraising events and even shaving their heads with us.

Here’s the link to the segment CTV London did on all of us:

Thank you so much for joining our efforts to help children with cancer.

Sincerely,

Andrea Loewen Nair, M.A., CCC

Head of School – Infinity School

Poster advertising Blyth Academy London fundraising event

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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