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.

Health & Safety 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

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 Symptom Decision Tree

> 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.


COVID-19 Related Communications

COVID Vaccinations for Children: 5-11 years of age

We are excited to share that some five through eleven-year-old Villa students have received their first dose of the now approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this week.

Update from Head of School - September 30, 2021

Important Details about COVID Exposure and Schools.

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:

Update from the Head of School

This communication contains important reminders about morning and afternoon drop-off/pick-up, and the guidelines for students returning to campus after travel.

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