Due to the continued unhealthy air quality in Seattle, Villa Academy's campus will be closed to all students through Friday, September 18, 2020.
There will be no preschool classes on campus and the supervised on-line instruction for students through the EDP program will not meet on campus.

On-line instruction will take place as previously planned and faculty/staff members will be allowed to use their Villa Academy classroom, if necessary, to provide on-line instruction.

Villa Academy Back to School 2021-2022 

Villa Academy is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all its students, parents, employees, and guests during this unprecedented time. Throughout the year, we will all need to remain flexible, collaborative, and committed as we adapt to circumstances beyond our control.

In developing health and safety protocols and practices we have followed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington State Department of Health, King County Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the National Association of Independent Schools, (NAIS) and the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).

Julie Grasseschi
Interim Head of School

Villa’s operational decisions regarding program, calendar, and campus plans are typically made by the Head of School with input from our leadership team, faculty, and staff. During this unique situation, we are grateful to have had considerable additional input from Villa’s Board of Trustees, and guidance from experts with backgrounds in epidemiology, pediatric care, public health, and laboratory medicine.

Villa is bringing all of its creativity, dedication, and joy to the important task of educating our students—whether online or in-person—and supporting their families!

Decision Process

King County’s data on key indicators of COVID-19 activity are only one factor for Villa Academy’s decision making about in-person instruction. While these data highlight general health indicators in King County as a whole, Villa Academy will make ongoing decisions in coordination with staff, community and other key stakeholders. Other considerations may include but are not limited to:

> Villa’s ability and readiness to implement health and safety requirements.
> Community context and local data about COVID-19 transmission.
> Villa’s staffing capacity and related concerns.
> Our ability to quickly and clearly communicate with families.

 Campus Health and Safety Protocols

ALL faculty, staff and volunteers are required to be vaccinated. ALL eligible students are encouraged to be vaccinated. We ask that IF your student is fully vaccinated, you begin submitting verification of their vaccination status to villa-office@thevilla.org (if we do not have this information and your student travels they will need to quarantine post travel):

  • CDC Vaccination Card or Photo of the Card (with name, type of vaccine, dates).
  • Documentation from healthcare provider.

Villa Academy is fortunate in having a 31-acre campus and extensive facilities that assist us in meeting stringent health safety guidelines:

  • Our 90,000 square-foot main building allows maximum flexibility for physical distancing in our spacious classrooms.
  • Expansive outdoor areas make possible a variety of classroom configurations, including the Villa Treehouse: a new 1500 square-foot structure specifically designed as a classroom.
  • Our “inside air” is fresh. Massive banks of double-hung windows in our vintage building supply natural convection ventilation

Before Arriving at School

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or knows that they have COVID-19 should isolate at home. In addition, parents should communicate with Villa Academy if one of them or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, experiences symptoms of COVID-19, or has close contact with someone who is positive or symptomatic of COVID-19. Parents should continue to report student absences, COVID-19 symptoms, close contacts and COVID-19 diagnoses to the Main Office. A face covering is meant to protect others. All employees, parents, visitors and students are required to wear a two-layer mask on campus.

Frequent handwashing is critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Hand sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60 percent alcohol) are at entrances and other locations throughout the school. Students, employees, parents and visitors should wash or sanitize their hands after entering the building. Everyone is instructed to frequently wash their hands throughout the day for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, but especially at the beginning and end of their time on campus, before and after mealtimes and after using the restroom.

Everyone will be expected to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette signage will be displayed throughout the School.

Regardless of vaccination status, all adults and children must wear a two-layer face covering while on campus—including during drop-off and pickup; students, parents and visitors to campus are expected to provide their own face coverings. Students should have two clean face coverings available each day at school. While not a substitute for physical distancing, the use of face coverings is crucial.

Villa Academy uses CDC-approved, eco-friendly, medical-grade disinfectants and has implemented updated cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation practices. This includes routine cleaning and disinfecting throughout the campus. We will administer frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas and items, such as toys, manipulatives, door handles, elevator panels, railings, copy machines and water fountains.

All students and employees will practice healthy hygiene, including frequent handwashing, throughout the day. If someone within the community contracts COVID-19, contact tracing will be used to identify and notify people who may have been exposed at school and also to determine the exposed areas and equipment within the building. These areas and equipment will be disinfected per CDC guidelines.

Teachers will limit sharing of classroom materials and workspaces between students and will sanitize items as needed. Only items that can be easily disinfected will be used. No personal toys will be allowed on campus. Students and employees should bring and use a refillable water bottle labeled with their name and use the water bottle refilling stations as well as faucets in classrooms. Water fountains will be available for refilling bottles only.

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance

Villa Academy's protocols are based on requirements and guidance from Washington State Department of HealthPublic Health Department of Seattle and King County and the decisions of Villa's administration team based on the unique needs of Villa's campus, grounds and student population.

Washington State K-12 School Testing Guidance

Infographic: When Can I Be Around Others Again?

> K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year

> CDC After International Travel Guidelines

Travel Protocols

Villa Academy ’s COVID-19 protocols are based on requirements and guidance from the Department of Health Requirements for Schools, Washington State DOH Travel Recommendations and Requirements and the decisions of Villa’s administration team based on the unique needs of Villa’s campus, grounds and student population.

  • Please note that travel guidelines are different than exposure protocols.

  • Villa families, faculty and staff will continue to follow Washington state guidelines and quarantine restrictions for travel during the pandemic.

  • Please note that Villa is distinguishing the travel guidelines by mode of transportation and vaccination status.

Regardless of vaccination status, travel via private transportation does NOT require quarantine.

Vaccinated people who have submitted vaccination records DO NOT need to quarantine after travel via public transportation.

Unvaccinated people traveling domestically via public transportation such as commercial airlines, trains or cruise ships will require a negative COVID-19 test taken between day 3-5 of return and a full 7-day quarantine before returning to school. These requirements do not apply to fully vaccinated individuals.

International travel for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals requires a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to departure from the international country and a negative COVID-19 test 3-5 days after return to Washington before returning to school. Unvaccinated individuals are required to complete a full seven day quarantine before returning to school after international travel.


COVID-19 Related Communications

Update from the Head: Important Start of School & COVID Mitigation Information

August 2021 Updates for Start of School.

Update from the Head: 2021-22 School Year

If we have learned anything from the last fourteen months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that plans, protocols and policies will change on a regular and frequent basis. With this reality as context, I want to give you a sense of what the start of the 2021 - 2022 academic year will look like as of June 25, 2021.

Updated COVID Quarantine Protocol

Villa Academy's current post-travel quarantine protocol has changed to include two options, effective April 1, 2021:

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