We have created a Learning Excellence Action Plan (LEAP) that provides a continuous community learning, teaching, and work experience steeped in Salesian tradition, committed to excellence and equity, informed by best practices, and responsibly aligned with current public health directives and guidance. 


We will regularly update the Visitation community through email about the school's preparation and responses. Please continue to check this page, as it reflects up-to-date correspondence.
Thank you, as always, for your partnership and understanding as we work together for the health and safety of everyone in our community. 
If you have any questions about school operations or health concerns, we are happy to answer them. Please use this form so we can direct them to the correct member of our leadership team.

LEAP In! Community Updates


The 2020-2021 school year is different, for both returning and new students. We are doing everything we can to ensure a vibrant academic experience as well as to foster the joyful community spirit that defines Visitation. 

In order to respond to the rapidly changing public health landscape, we have created two models: Distance Learning and Hybrid Learning. Which model we use at any given point in the school year will be determined by public health guidance and the School Board of Directors. Families will be given ample notice of which model will be in use when.

Visitation Health Pledge

In order to return to school, everyone in the community needs to work together to adhere to public health guidance, whether on campus or off. We are asking all students, faculty, and staff to read, sign, and honor the Visitation Community Health Pledge. This commitment to safe health practices will help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our community and protect the well-being of all.

Read the Pledge

Over the summer, we installed enhanced audio and visual resources all over campus, enabling us to stream classes from 35th Street into your home. In addition, there are enhancements to the Microsoft Teams platform that provide greater visibility and improved small group collaboration.




Health & Safety

Visitation will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our entire community as we maintain our continuity of teaching and learning.

In addition to our Visitation Community Health Pledge, we require that every student and adult complete the Daily Health Screening before arriving on campus each day.

Finally, science shows that the three most important measures that we can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus are wearing face masks, social distancing, and handwashing. To this end, all of these guidelines are central aspects of school life at Visitation in 2020 – 2021.   

Helpful Information on Covid-19 from the School Nurse

Distance Learning Guidance & Resources

Whether on campus or off, classwork information will continue to be updated using students' Veracross Student Portal. Students should be sure to check that as well as their email on a regular basis throughout the day. 

The resources students use to collaborate with teachers (Showbie, Socrative, Google Drive) remain the same, so they are already fluent with this technology.

Students should have downloaded Microsoft Teams from the Self-Service app. This app offers a more interactive element to learning if teachers choose to use it. Veracross remains the official means of communicating with students.

As is always the case, communication is key.  Students should reach out to teachers in the usual fashion (using Cubmail) with questions.

Spiritual Life, Community, & Co-Curriculars

The Covid Student Aid Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered grave economic conditions throughout the nation. We have Visitation families who have lost jobs or income and are now worried that their daughters will not be able to complete their treasured Visitation education.

This pandemic should not prevent a single student from graduating. We are committed to keeping our community whole - to not losing any students, faculty, or staff during this crisis. 

We’ve created the Covid Student Aid Fund to help families in need and ensure all current and incoming students can remain a part of the Visitation family. 

If your family is concerned about being able to pay tuition as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are here for you. Please complete this form, which will be sent directly to me and will help us distribute aid to the families in greatest need. Your request is personal and will be held in confidence. In addition, we ask that all families who have not previously submitted the 2020-2021 Parent Financial Statement visit the School and Student Services Family Portal to complete that document along with the form.

The strength of our faith and our community will carry us forward together.

Please reach out to Head of School Dr. Barbara McGraw Edmondson if you have any questions.

A Message from Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School wishes to acknowledge and express our appreciation for the hard-working, creative, and thoughtful leadership of Head of School Barbara McGraw Edmondson and Principal Mary Kate Blaine in shepherding the Visitation school community during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has disrupted all of our lives. From the time this spring when Visitation shifted to virtual operations through this fall as we are preparing to welcome students back to campus for the first time in months in hybrid virtual in-person operations, Visitation school leadership has demonstrated its commitment to protecting students, faculty and staff in line with local government guidelines while ensuring Visitation can continue to provide a quality education to its students. Throughout this period, Head of School Edmondson, Principal Blaine, and Visitation’s staff have been in frequent communication and consultation with the Board on strategies to continue school operations, transform Visitation traditions into virtual formats, and protect the school’s financial stability. We stand with Visitation’s school leadership in welcoming our students to campus and implementing strategies to build and maintain community during this challenging time. During this transition period, the Board invites Visitation parents to provide feedback and ideas to support Visitation’s over 200-year history of providing high-quality Catholic education for young women in the Washington, DC region.