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COVID-19 Distance Learning

Welcome to Distance Learning at Visitation School. Our priority is the safety of our entire community and the possible impact on our students, faculty and staff. Find the most up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions. Please check back frequently for updates. 

Although we are separated by physical space, we are together in heart and Visitation Spirit!

Distance Learning Guide

Watch Senior Mass
June 7 at 1:30 p.m.

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Events and Important Dates

Check the Visitation calendar for a full listing of upcoming events and important dates.

School News

June 3

A message to our community

May 12:

Please join us for Visitation's Upper School's Co-Curricular awards ceremony today, May 12, at 2 p.m. We will honor those students who engaged in learning and activities beyond the traditional classroom. VISTA Production's Elliott Hays and Wendy Short-Hays will host the event. See their teaser here! There will even be opportunities to win gift cards and more! Click on the link to watch the awards ceremony. 

April 29: Grandparents Day Mass is Live
Friday, May 1 is Grandparents Day and we are going virtual! We invite grandparents and the entire Visitation community to join us virtually for Mass on Friday, May 1, at 11:40 a.m. Father Nick Hagen, Visitation chaplain, will livestream Mass and honor our grandparents with a blessing. Watch Live Mass here.

See full message here. 

April 23: Distance Learning Extended Through End of School Year

Governor Walz announced that Minnesota schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. Accordingly, Visitation School will continue distance learning until Thursday, June 4, our scheduled last day of school. Seniors' scheduled last day of distance learning will still be May 22. We also learned today that the Minnesota State High School League has canceled the spring athletics season.

We understand how difficult this news is, and we know that distance learning is not the way any of us envisioned concluding this school year. We miss sharing in all the moments with you on our campus. While there is no substitute for coming together as a community, we are working to creatively reimagine these occasions. We will find significant ways to acknowledge all of the hard work that our students have put into this year, celebrate milestones, and share that joy with our Visitation community.

Read Mrs. Gavic's full message to families here.

April 23
Join Dr. Jules Nolan for a parenting information session on Thursday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. Click here to join. Add topics for discussion here.

April 21
Senior Parents Town Hall Meeting: Please join us at 7 p.m. for a town hall meeting with Head of School Rene Gavic, Director of Upper School Anna Barter and Dean of Student Life Ann Feitl. An email link was sent this morning. 

April 16
Join Dr. Jules Nolan for a parenting information session on Thursday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. Click here to join. Add topics for discussion here. 

April 14
Director of Campus Ministry Kathy Daniewicz invites the Vis community to celebrate the 50 Days of Easter. Learn more here. 

April 8
Watch a special Easter Message from Head of School Rene Gavic to Vis students

April 2
Join us for virtual Spirit Dress Day and for First Friday Mass on April 3. Mass will be streamed live on Facebook. 

See message here

March 27 

Distance Learning Update from Mrs. Gavic. Distance learning will continue through May 1. 

March 23, 3 p.m.

Welcome Back Message from Head of School Rene Gavic

March 23, 2 p.m.
Join Dr. Jules Nolan, school psychologist, for parenting information sessions each Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Add questions or topics for discussion here. Connect with Dr. Jules Nolan through Zoom --Zoom details will be shared in weekly e-news. 

March 17, 11 a.m.
Visitation begins distance learning on Wednesday, March 25. There is no school on March 23 and 24. All on-campus and events are canceled through April 12. 
See email from Head of School Mrs. Gavic.

March 16, noon:
Visitation Child Care, Extended Day and Montessori Plus is closed through Friday, March 20. 

March 15, 1 p.m. MSHSL Update

From the MSHSL: There will be no MSHSL activities and athletics at any member school through March 27. This includes all participation including, but not limited to training, practices, scrimmages, and contests. The previous MSHSL directive prohibiting scrimmages, contests and competitions with other MSHSL programs for Spring activities and athletics will continue until April 6.

March 15, 9 a.m.: Visitation Child Care, Extended Day and Montessori Plus Closed March 16 and March 17. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close Child Care, Extended Day and Montessori Plus on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.  We are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC, Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to determine next steps. 

March 15, 9 a.m. COVID-19 Update

March 13

Visitation School is aware of MDH recommendations  regarding school closures and is closely monitoring this ever-evolving situation. We will be in communication with families early next week in the event that we move to distance learning. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we respond to rapidly evolving circumstances. 

Today, the Minnesota State High School League announced limitations to spring sports and activities.
See full press release here. Effective immediately until April 6: 

  • Participation in spring sports and activities is limited to practice and tryouts only;
  • Scrimmages, competitions, practices, training sessions or participation with other member school programs is not allowed.

Please continue to check back for further updates. 


March 12: COVID-19 Update
March 6: Spring Break Travel
February 28

Distance Learning FAQs

Morning Prayer

Like we do each morning at Vis, Director of Salesian Studies Anne Williams leads us in morning prayer. Click the link below to pray with all of us. Archived prayers can be found here.

Thursday, June 4
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Monday, June 1

Upper School Updates

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