Middle School Plan

As we approach the start of the new school year, I would like to share our Middle School reopening plan. This is a very fluid situation, so these plans are subject to change. Our goal is to have our students on campus in an environment that is as safe as possible. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our students. Please click here for the most recent remarks from the Head of School on our campus re-opening.

Middle School Town Hall Meeting
Meeting recorded on July 28, 2020
Middle School Camp—VIRTUAL EVENT
  • Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Free of charge! This event is now virtual instead of on campus due to the change regarding St. Louis County Youth Sports Guidelines. Please contact Ms. Lisa Studnicki at lstudnicki@visitationacademy.org to register.
Middle School OrientationON CAMPUS
  • Monday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for all Grade 6 and new Grade 7 and 8 students
  • Tuesday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for all Middle School students
  • Mrs. Ashley Giljum, Middle School Counselor, will be sending more information to parents the first week of August.
Back-to-School NightVIRTUAL EVENT
  • Thursday, August 27 from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • This event will be held virtually this year. Parents will receive a video link to the teachers’ recorded presentation prior to the Back-to-School Night meetings. On the scheduled night and time, parents will be invited to meet their daughter’s advisor on Zoom for a question and answer session. Zoom-specific links will be sent closer to the meeting date.
  • The Parent Tech Orientation also will be held virtually that night. Details will be shared later.
Middle School Calendar EventsREVISIONS
  • August 17: Welcome Back Picnic – Canceled
  • September 17: Grade 8 DC Trip Parent Meeting – Virtual Meeting
  • September 17: MS Counseling Night – Virtual Event
  • October 8: Dr. Brady’s Girls to Women Presentation for MS Moms and Daughters – Virtual Event
  • October 15: Parent-Teacher Conferences – Virtual Event – Conferences available upon request either via phone or Zoom. More details will be shared later.
  • October 29 and 30: Grade 6 OTB (Outdoor Team Building) Trip to Trout Lodge – Canceled
  • December 4: St. Nick’s Nook & Café Noel – Canceled
Returning to the Classroom
  • Classroom Set-Up: To maximize physical distancing as much as possible, teachers will be spreading out desks/tables in the classrooms. Additional furniture is being temporarily removed from classrooms when possible to allow for more space. Teachers also will make use of outdoor learning spaces.
  • Masks and Handwashing/Hand Sanitizing: During MS Orientation and on the first day of school, students will be instructed on proper handwashing and wearing of masks. All students and teachers will be required to wear a mask within the building when they are not able to be socially distant. Students must bring their own mask and are welcome to keep a personal hand sanitizer with them. In addition to hand washing in the restrooms, new hand sanitizers will be provided throughout the building.
  • Backpacks: Middle and Upper School students will be allowed to carry a backpack along with their Viz laptop bag with them throughout the school day. This will enable students to carry their water bottle(s) and books for multiple classes so they can reduce their frequency to the lockers.
  • Sanitizing Throughout the Day: Visitation is providing teachers with materials to sanitize desks, doorknobs, light switches, etc., throughout the day. Desks will be sanitized after each class period. There are Viz-wide policies for daily and weekly deep cleaning.
  • Water Fountains: Water fountains are closed. Students should bring their own water bottle(s) from home and may bring them to class.
  • Lunch: Lunch service will not be provided by Visitation. Students may either bring their own lunches and drinks, or they may purchase from the new refrigerated vending options through an app or swipe-card. More details about this new option will be shared later. Additional microwaves will be available in Viz Café for student use. No food deliveries from parents or outside services will be accepted. Students will be spread out in Viz Café and the Lower School Dining Room during lunch to allow for appropriate distancing.
  • Before School: Students arriving before 7:30 a.m. will go to designated areas based on grade level and number of students. No lingering/sitting in hallways before school will be allowed. After 7:30 a.m., students will go directly to their first period class after gathering their items from their lockers.
  • After School/Extended Day: Students who are not picked up by 3:30 p.m. will report to the Extended Day rooms which are supervised by a faculty/staff member. Students will stay socially distant, practice regular hand sanitizing and disinfecting procedures, and spend time outside when possible.
  • Advisory/Birthday Treats: Students will need to bring their own snacks for advisory (no sharing or purchasing for the entire advisory). No birthday treats will be passed out in advisory or lunch.
  • Masses/Prayer Services: All will be held virtually and live streamed from the Chapel or other location.
  • Assemblies/Class Meetings: Depending on the assembly, some may be canceled or held virtually during advisory.
  • Field Trips/Overnight Trips: All first semester field trips and overnight trips have been canceled. We will make a decision regarding those occurring in second semester after assessing our situation this winter.
  • Clubs/Activities: The Club Fair on Wednesday, September 2 will be a pre-recorded video highlighting each club and will be shown during advisory. Students will sign up for clubs through a Google form that will be shared with them after the virtual fair. MS Choir and Handbells will still occur as a class that meets before school on designated days at 7:15 a.m.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility with our reopening plan. It is not ideal, but we want to provide our students with the best possible experience. As stated previously, our goal is to be on campus with our students in the safest environment possible. If we are forced to move to distance learning due to government restrictions, we will share our distance learning plan at that time. We have been working on multiple distance learning schedule options and plans based on feedback from teachers, students, and parents from this past spring. None of them are ideal for all families, but we will do our best to provide a quality Visitation Academy education for your daughter.
Lastly, please visit the Middle School Resource page on the Viz Portal as a reference to required forms that are due, summer math and reading packets, book lists, past communications, etc. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Angie Jung
Middle School Principal