Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503

Opening Well 2020

Here you will find up-to-date details for how we plan to provide in-person teaching, learning and residential life this fall.  We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students to campus the first week of September, with classes beginning Monday, September 7. 

Our "Opening Well" Plan & Answers to Your Questions

Since May 2020, the VES Opening Well Task Force—a subset of the VES leadership team—has been working to develop a comprehensive plan that will allow us to welcome students to campus this fall with the VES community’s health and wellbeing our utmost priority. Our goal is to not only Open Well but to Stay Well, so that we may deliver the most effective experience on-campus and online.

All decisions are guided by our paramount commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff.

  • Protocols are in alignment with the Commonwealth of Virginia, CDC and Virginia Department of Health mandates and guidelines.
  • The plan has been shaped with the insights and expertise of Dr. Chris Lewis, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Centra Health, cardiologist and current VES parent, who also serves as administrative lead for the regional health system's Covid-19 Clinical Task Force. 
  • Our plan was submitted in August for review by the Virginia Council for Private Education, the accrediting organization for private schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 
  • The cooperation of students and parents, along with our faculty, staff and vendor partners is crucial in helping to ensure that we are doing everything possible to safeguard the health of our VES community, while delivering an excellent student experience.

Please read the information below in detail as it details changes to the Student & Parent Handbook for the 2020-21 school year, required as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Opening Well at VES

View the Daily Academic Schedule

Fall 2020 Daily Schedule

Why In-Person, On-Campus Living & Learning?

VES believes that in-person teaching and learning, engagement in co-curricular activities, a fulfilling residential life, and meaningful, personal interactions among faculty and students create a transformational educational experience in which students can grow toward full stature.

Even though we will be living into a “new normal,” we are committed to delivering these hallmarks of a VES education. And while we cannot eliminate all risks, we are working diligently to mitigate risks in every way possible. 

VES Advantages for ReopeninG CAMPUS

Key Contacts

Questions or concerns about the Opening Well plan?
Contact Chris Button, Associate Head of School

Questions about academics?
Contact Mimi Csatlos, Academic Dean & Director of College Counseling

Questions about Student Life and Residential Life?
Contact Amy Kolman, Dean of Student Life

Questions about enrollment or tuition assistance? 
Contact Justine Button, Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance

Questions about health and wellbeing? 
Contact Teresa Poe, RN, Head Nurse

Questions about your international student? 
Contact Esther Johnson, Assistant Dean of Students

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