Congratulations to Blyth Academy Whitby student Victoria Lacey for winning the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award!

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award winners are chosen “in recognition of having demonstrated the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship and humanitarian service while in pursuit of excellence in academic, amateur sport, fitness, health, and voluntary community service. In so doing has reflected those ideals of courage, humanitarianism, service and compassion, which Terry Fox embodied.” – Terry Fox Awards.

Victoria joined Blyth Academy in Grade 10 and was our Whitby school’s Valedictorian at graduation last week. Victoria was instrumental in prom planning at her campus and designed the prom poster used school-wide. As Blyth Whitby Guidance Counsellor Kelly Jamieson-Drachenberg said in her Valedictorian introduction speech, “Tori is the type of student that teachers dream of teaching. She has the ability to fully immerse herself in the subject matter. I have been constantly in awe of her creativity, talent and awareness. She quietly commands respect from her peers and admiration from her teachers.”

We are blessed to have had such an incredible student at Blyth Academy, and we wish Victoria all the best in her post-secondary education.

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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