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Georgetown Visitation is eager to welcome students, faculty, & staff back to campus for the 2020-2021 school year. 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

Overview

We are eager to welcome students, faculty & staff back to campus safely. We know that the 2020-2021 school year will be 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

This 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. Students learning from home will feel more like they are in the classroom.

 

 

 

Health & Safety

As we prepare for an unprecedented school year, 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, when we return to campus, we will require that every student and adult complete the Daily Health Screening before arriving 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 will be 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.