Updated: September 6th, 2022
Based on the most recent guidance from the Ministry of Education, all Blyth Academy campuses we will be returning to regular, in-person learning for the academic year 2022-2023. If you or your child is hesitant to return to campus we encourage you to reach out to your school's principal to explore alternative learning options. Our school's principals will be meeting regularly to discuss the current state of affairs and contingency plans and will keep parents informed throughout this process.
Beginning in September 2022, Blyth Academy will no longer require proof of vaccination for staff or students. Additionally, there will be no masking requirement on campus. Individuals who wish to continue masking will be allowed to do so. In keeping with Ministry guidance, we will continue to provide enhanced sanitation and cleaning schedules.
As we look towards a new year, we are preparing for a variety of scenarios. The government is prioritising education, aiming to keeping schools open. We know there may yet be further disruption however our team will strive to deliver the same high-quality education as always.
If you have further questions about how we are managing Covid-19 please refer to the content below or reach out directly to your school's principal.
Thank you for your support as we work to help keep our communities healthy and safe.
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What protocols are in place for students or staff who develop symptoms at school or who test positive?
In cases where students develop symptoms or who test positive, Blyth Academy will follow the guidance provided by the local Public Health Unit.
What cleaning protocols are in place?
Blyth Academy has arranged for enhanced cleaning protocols for all campuses on a daily basis. Washrooms and high touch surfaces will be cleaned more frequently.
Will masks be required?
Masks are not mandatory at this time. Individuals who wish to continue masking may do so.
Will visitors be allowed on campus?
Visitors and campus tours will be allowed to continue as normal.
Will families be able to choose between in person and virtual learning?
Students who are uncomfortable returning to school have the opportunity to attend Blyth Academy Orbit, our fully synchronous, face to face, virtual campus.
Is student mental health being considered in the planning?
Staff are aware that this has been a difficult time for our students and that many are feeling anxious. Our small, personalized environments, commitment to regular communication with families and dedicated guidance counsellors are among the strategies that we believe will assist students this fall. All guidance counsellors are participating in a dedicated PD session on mental health prior to the September school start up.
How do you anticipate communicating to parents?
Blyth Academy is committed to regular and timely communication in all circumstances.
Are there special requirements for private schools?
As a private school, Blyth Academy is committed to following all recommendations from both the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario Public Health.
Will international students be allowed to attend?
International students who have been granted student visas will be able to attend classes, with no additional requirements.
Are there any changes to graduation requirements?
The community involvement graduation requirement of 40 hours has been restored for 2022-23.
The literacy graduation requirement has been restored for students graduating in the 2022-23 school year. Students in Grades 10 and 11 and non-graduating students, including those who are learning remotely, are required to work towards the literacy graduation requirement, through participating in the OSSLT.
Will field trips occur?
Field trips have been reinstated for the 2022-2023 school year.
Will clubs and extra-curricular activities be provided?
Extra-curricular activities have returned to in-person for the 2022-2023 school year.
What procedures are in place to keep students safe on campus?
As a private school, Blyth Academy is committed to following all recommendations from both the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario Public Health. These will vary from campus to campus and over time as direction from these experts changes.
Are COVID-19 vaccines required for in-person learning?
There is no vaccination requirement for the 2022-2023 school year.