Fall 2020 FAQ Updated - July 31, 2020
The Task Force has been working diligently to prepare for the opening of school. Much of our work has been in anticipation of providing in-person learning, and more recently online learning with the Governor's mandate announced on July 17.
Reopening Plan for Fall - July 13, 2020
Villanova’s Fall Reopening Focuses on In-Person Learning, Safety and Flexibility
First day of school is August 19, planning for in-person learning.
Villanova Preparatory School will open with in-person learning in the fall. In a letter to parents and students, Headmaster Brian Grisin announced a tiered structure to school days that allows the school to be ready to make adjustments as conditions warrant.
“Our plan is to be in classrooms as much as possible during the upcoming school year. This is something our students and teachers both value and miss, and is integral to our Augustinian Catholic approach to education,” said Grisin.
In addition to social distancing and sanitizing, the school has outlined school days that have staggered start times to allow for health screening in the morning and minimize contact with other students during the day. In the case of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the county, Villanova also plans to offer hybrid learning where only a designated portion of the students are on campus, while the remainder learn from home.
“Due to our small class sizes combined with our large campus, we are able to safely operate our school with in-person learning while ensuring we follow the national, state, and local guidelines to protect the health and safety of every member of our community. We realize that projections show the potential of county-wide school closures during the year and we will be ready if that does become a reality. For now, we are excited to move forward with in-person learning starting next month.”
Grisin has been a teacher at Villanova for over twenty years and was named Headmaster by the Augustinian Order just months prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a boarding school, much of the planning has also centered around maintaining a healthy and safe place for students around the clock. Residents will be quarantining on campus for two weeks prior to the start of school.
“All students, day and resident, will need to be tested and receive a negative COVID test result prior to arriving on campus. We are also requesting all students to perform daily health checks at least two weeks prior to the start of classes on August 19,” said Grisin.
Faculty have been preparing for the upcoming school year and participating in online professional development classes throughout the summer learning best practices for both hybrid classes and online learning. “I am grateful for the dedication and extra work of our teachers to prepare themselves for the various scenarios that we may face during the upcoming school year.They were fantastic in our quick and successful transition to online learning last year and now feel even more prepared if we need to provide online or hybrid classes during the year. We live in unprecedented times and am so proud that our school has been able to adjust and adapt as necessary,” said Grisin.
CIF Cancels Spring Sports - April 3, 2020
CIF has officially canceled all athletic events during the spring season. Please read the press release from the CIF State office:
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Based on the recent statements issued by Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, regarding schools turning to distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) does not see an avenue for the spring sports season to continue. As such, in consultation today with the 10 Section Commissioners, the decision has been made to cancel spring Section, Regional, and State Championship events.
We understand this is disappointing for everyone involved in education-based athletics and empathize with our student-athletes and all who are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. As always, our top priority is everyone's ongoing health and safety during this challenging time, and we all look forward to the day when education-based athletics resumes.
CIF Executive Director
May IBDP Testing Canceled - March 23, 2020
To our Villanova IB Students and Families,
The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.
The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Careerrelated Programme candidates will no longer be held. Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes. We know parents and student will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by March 27, 2020.
For any other questions, please contact Brian Roney (Broney@villanovaprep.org).
Thank you and stay well.
Brian M. Roney