A Letter From Your Principal

 
Dear Blyth Academy Families

I hope this finds you and your family well. It is a difficult time but as a community we can support each other.

It has been an eventful week. We have seen lots of success—happy students, engaging classes, and teachers and students adapting to the new virtual classroom. The highlight of my day is going into the classes and seeing the students. They are eager to share their experiences with me. I know that Ms. Karai and Ms. Daminato feel the same. I also recognize that this may be challenging for the students. Reach out to the teachers and staff if there is anything we can do to help with the students’ education.

One of the initiatives of our school is to become a certified Ecoschool. One of the events celebrated by Ecoschools is Earth Hour. This takes place this Saturday at 8:30 pm. Our Photography and Foundations classes have been asked to take part in this initiative and take photos of themselves during this time. Other students are also encouraged to participate. Here is the link for more information: https://www.earthhour.org/

Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding as we transition into our new current reality.

Lorie Guest

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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