Message from Head of School, Brian Grisin


Dear Villanova Alumni,
 
First and foremost, we want you to know that we are thinking of you and praying for your health and safety. As valued members of our family, we would like to keep you informed with the most recent information regarding how Villanova has made adjustments to our program in order to ensure the health and safety of our community.
 
Last Friday, the Villanova administration made a difficult but prudent decision to extend the campus closure and continue with distance learning for the remainder of this school year. The administration based this decision on a number of factors including the recommendations from Governor Gavin Newsom, the Ventura County Office of Public Health, and Ventura County Office of Education. The most important consideration is the health and safety of our Villanova community and, in good conscience, we could not consider putting anyone at risk of infection if we reopened campus this semester.  
 
The good news is that Villanova has successfully transitioned from on-campus to online learning in a matter of days. Our talented faculty, dedicated students, and supportive parents were instrumental in making this transition to distance learning. Our school prayer and announcements continue to take place every morning, classes meet through Zoom and Google Classroom, and ways to engage as a community beyond the classes include fun Instagram competitions and prayer services with the students and faculty.  These are important ways that help us to keep our community connected.

During this difficult and unprecedented time, Villanova remains strong and vibrant and is continuing to follow our mission of “…providing a challenging college preparatory curriculum and Catholic environment that promote the development of mind, heart and body.”

On the right is a photo of Rhys Anderson, a freshman Villanova student, engaging in distance learning.  This photo was part of a feature article about Villanova’s successful transition to online learning in last week’s Ojai Valley News. We would love to hear from you, how you are doing and how your family is getting through this challenging time.

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Let us pray for one another during these difficult times and pray for those who have been affected by COVID-19. May God bless and protect you and your family during this unprecedented time.

Rhys Anderson
 

Brian Grisin
VPS Head of School