A Letter From Your Principal

 
Hello Families,

First, I want to say how utterly impressed I am with the engagement level of our students this week. It is not easy to transition from a regular school environment to a virtual classroom, and our students have done this with impressive ease. I am happy to report that yesterday we had 100% attendance in periods one and two, which is amazing!

Our leadership team has been joining the virtual classrooms all week to check in on students, monitor progress, and offer support if needed. There are so many creative and wonderful things going on in all of our classes., but I wanted to share a few that I managed to get.

Virtual Learning
 
Ms. Wilson’s class has been showcasing strong collaboration – as students do their individual presentations and discuss their topics as a class.

Ms. D’Amato’s math class has been practicing quadrants – turning their ZOOM sharing screen into a live whiteboard.
Mr. Chaudhari’s students’ showcased that grade 10 math is nothing to fear when you are surrounded by the comfort of your home.
As always, we are here for our students every step of the way and will continue to do all that we can to ensure that their academics remain rigorous, while they continue to receive the personal and individualized attention and support they have come to know and expect from our Blyth Academy approach and small class sizes. This is a challenging time for many, especially teenagers and our high school students, it is important to try to connect with each other virtually and continue to be there for our friends and families while staying safe and keeping our distance.

In the coming weeks we are going to start bringing our students some community building activities, creative student life activities, and some other fun initiatives to help bring us together and work to create positivity. We have heard from Doug Ford that schools will not be back in session on April 6th, however, no return date has been provided. We will anticipate that term three will conclude in a virtual setting and term four will begin in the same manner. We will communicate exam procedures and expectations in the coming days.

Please feel free to reach out anytime to our admin/guidance team or teaching faculty.

We are all in this together.

Jennifer Quong

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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