SAFETY AND SUPERVISION
Our most important responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of our students. Nothing is more important.
We aim to strike a balance between fostering independence and making good choices. That said, with our small classes and average student-to-staff ratio of 7 to 1, we can ensure there is always an experienced and empathetic adult on hand so that every student is well cared for.
DIRECT STAFF SUPERVISION
Our teachers, support staff and program managers are always nearby. They stay in the same hotels and residences and provide plenty of structured, supervised group activities that students can join during their free time.
NIGHTTIME SAFETY AND SUPERVISION
After dinner, students can use their free time to participate in one of our organized activities, visit local sites, study, or stay in their room. If they decide to leave the hotel, students must sign out in groups of four or more. They must state where they are going and the names of the students in their group. The entire group must then sign back in together before the curfew.
Since Grade 9 and 10 programs are fully supervised, all students are accompanied by staff at all times. Therefore, curfew and sign-in procedures are not necessary, as staff can personally ensure students have returned to their rooms.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
All programs are alcohol free – drinking is not permitted. Blyth Academy also has a zero-tolerance policy toward student drug use. Expulsion from the program is not common, but it does happen. Blyth Academy and Blyth Academy International reserve the right to dismiss any student for alcohol and/or drug use or for continued disobedience of the rules, and to send the offending student home from the program at their own or their parents’ expense.
DAYTIME SAFETY AND SUPERVISION (WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND)
When our Grade 11 and 12 students aren’t in class or volunteering, they can use their free time to participate in one of our organized activities, visit local sites, study, have lunch in restaurants or cafes, or shop.
Blyth Academy students are required to travel in groups of four or more at all times.
Our Grade 9 and 10 programs are fully supervised and students are accompanied by Blyth Academy staff at all times.
Grade 9 and 10 Programs
Curfew is set at 10:00 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Grade 9 and 10 students do not receive sign-out privileges.
Grade 11 and 12 Programs and Community Service Programs
Curfew is set at 11:00 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Program staff ensure that sign-in and sign-out procedures are carefully explained and adhered to. Overnight stays away from the program are not permitted. There are no exceptions. Students who return past curfew will be grounded.
If parents have any concern or need to reach their child while they are on the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Student services closely monitors students while they are abroad.
We also have a 24-hour phone line in case of emergency.