Our Second Week as a Virtual School

As we enter our second week as a virtual school I am sure we are all beginning to feel a little more comfortable with our new way of learning! I ask that our students continue to be on time for their daily classes and complete their work each day. I hope that you all have been enjoying the sports components that we have integrated into our weekly schedule! We will continue to post skills videos from our athletic instructors for our students to practice their sport-specific skills at home, have guest speakers run sessions via Zoom, have our coaches run game film review sessions, and have a daily fitness workout posted each day! We encourage all of our students and parents to take part in these!

We have created a few more initiatives to keep our virtual learning environment exciting and engaging including:

Wellness Wednesdays
We will be posting activities/videos each Wednesday morning in the Fitness Training Edsby group for you to help with mindfulness and well-being.

Weekly Challenge
To further engage our school community we will be posting a weekly challenge in the Weekly Challenge Edsby group! Students, parents and staff are encouraged to complete the challenge and post a video/picture in the Edsby group to motivate one another and have some fun!

Student of the Week
Each week our staff will be recognizing one student as our Student of the Week! Staff will look at academic, athletic, and student life participation. In order to be considered for Student of the Week, you will be required to complete the Weekly Challenge!

Blyth Downsview Social Media Pages
As our school is now fully virtual, we thought it would be a good time to create Blyth Downsview Instagram and Facebook pages to post about what is going on in our school! Please visit the links below to Follow/Like our posts!

Instagram – @blythdownsview

Facebook – Blyth Academy Downsview Park

As we continue to live in a different world, we encourage you to go out of your way each day to make a difference in someone’s life! Whether that be calling a friend or family member to check in on them, sending a nice text message to someone, or helping out around the house, I am sure it will all make a difference!

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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