Blyth Academy Waterloo Celebrates National Child Day

On November 20th, 2018, Blyth Academy Waterloo celebrated National Child Day with our neighbour the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

National Child Day is about celebrating our youth as active participants in their own lives and in our community. It is about recognizing that our children are active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to decision-making.

This year, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation spent time with our students and had them participate in a brainstorming session about philanthropy aimed at youth. The students shared their ideas and provided input into how the Foundation can support philanthropy in a way that matters to them.

It was a great day for all!

Tweet by Elizabeth Heald of the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

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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