Blyth Academy’s Cawthra Estate campus had a successful “Socks4Souls” fundraiser before the Winter Break. The students at the campus raised over 1,100 socks for the homeless in the GTA and were awarded a certificate of appreciation from the organization for their efforts. The Cawthra Estate campus is the first private school to support the “Socks4Souls” organization. The entire campus was able to fundraise enough socks to reach one fifth of the organization’s goal of 5,000 socks for the year. The grade ten foundations students, along with their foundations teacher Mr. Panchyshyn and head of lower school Tania Freire, worked assiduously to bundle and wrap the socks, while students from grades seven to ten were extremely generous with their donations of socks. Their efforts were outstanding. Thank you to all who participated in this worthwhile cause!

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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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