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New COVID-19 Guidance and School Orientation Schedules Announced

Students arrive for the first day of school – at last! – Monday at St. Croix Central High School.
Students arrive for the first day of school at St. Croix Central High School in 2017. (Source file photo)

Here are the Health Department’s new COVID-19 guidance for when schools reopen Aug. 8 and the Education Department’s finalized orientation schedules.

For COVID-19:
• Masks are no longer required to be worn in schools; however, personal choice should be respected and encouraged for those who choose to wear a mask.
• Mass testing of students and staff will no longer be required before returning to school after extended breaks; testing is recommended for anyone that is symptomatic.
• Please social distance as best as possible on school campuses.
• Contact tracing will be conducted by the Health Department for every positive case; in the event there is an outbreak in a specific school, there is the potential to test that entire school.

The main strategies for preventing COVID-19 in schools are:
• Staying up to date on vaccinations;
• Staying home when sick;
• Optimal ventilation systems to improve indoor air quality to reduce risk of germs;
• Good hand hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes;
• Cleaning and disinfection at least once a day to reduce risk of germs.

Detailed guidance is also available at this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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A virtual orientation will be held for all V.I. Virtual Academy students at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4 via Microsoft Teams. A meeting invite will be shared with students enrolled in the program and their parents ahead of the orientation date.

2022-2023 Orientation Schedules – St. Thomas/St. John District

Ivanna Eudora Kean High School
Location: Gymnasium (arrive early; late admissions will not be allowed)
Aug. 2, orientation will be held for 12th graders 9-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 2, orientation will be held for 11th graders 11:30-1 p.m.
Aug. 3, orientation will be held for 10th graders 9-10:30 a.m.
Aug. 3, orientation will be held for 9th graders 11:30-1 p.m.

All students must be in full uniform and accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please bring your child’s immunization card/waiver card, parent/guardian insurance card, and be prepared to pay for fees.

Charlotte Amalie High School
Students must attend orientation in their full school uniform and at least one parent or guardian must be present. Classes begin for all Charlotte Amalie High School students on Aug. 10.
Orientation Location: Auditorium
Aug. 8
8:30 a.m.- 9th Grade
1 p.m.- 10th Grade
Aug. 9,
8:30 a.m.- 11th Grade
1 p.m.- 12th Grade

Ulla F. Muller Elementary School
Location: Cafeteria
Kindergarten 10 a.m. – July 29
3rd and 4th Grades 9 a.m. – Aug. 2
5th and 6th Grades 11 a.m. – Aug. 2
1 and 2nd Grades 9 a.m. – Aug. 3

Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School
Location: Auditorium
Aug. 5
7th and 8th Grades
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
6th Grade and all new students
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fees:
ID – $15
Insurance – $18

Jane E. Tuitt School
Location: School Campus
Aug. 3 – 1 p.m. – 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grades
Aug. 4 – 1 p.m. – Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Fees will be collected at orientation.
Fees:
$18 School Accident Insurance
$10 PTSA dues (one payment per family)
$10 tech/$12ea. P.E. shirts/pants (available onsite)
Please provide a copy of the student’s updated immunization card and insurance card (in lieu of insurance fee). Students must be in full uniform and accompanied by an adult for the first day of classes.

Joseph Sibilly Elementary School
Location: School Campus
Aug. 3
PreK–2nd Grades 9-10 a.m.
3rd–5th Grades 11 a.m.-noon
6th Grade 1-2 p.m.

Addelita Cancryn Intermediate and Junior High School
Date: Aug. 5
Location: Cafeteria
All students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Students should be dressed in full uniform.
4th and 5th Grades – 8:30 a.m.
6th Grade – 9:45 a.m.
7th Grade – 11 a.m.
8th Grade – 1:30 p.m.
Fees will be paid by parents online unless they do not have access to online accounting. Copies of all immunization records will be collected by the school nurse; please walk with a photocopy for the school’s files.

Yvonne E. Milliner-Bowsky Elementary School
Aug. 8
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Cafeteria
Who should attend: All new students, including PreK and kindergarten students and parents
Activity: Registration only (parents of new students in grades 1st to 5th will report to the primary or intermediate orientations)
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Cafeteria
Who should attend: PreK and kindergarten students and parents
Activity: Orientation Meeting
Special Notes, Fees and Requirements:
• Parent to accompany students
• Uniform required
• Must have official placement letter from the Curriculum Center
• Up-to-date immunization card
• Insurance Fee of $18 or insurance card
• One passport-sized photo for students utilizing school bus service
Aug. 11
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Cafeteria
Who should attend: Parents of primary students (Grades 1st to 3rd)
Activity: Orientation Meeting
Aug. 12
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Cafeteria
Who should attend: Parents of intermediate students (Grades 4th and 5th)
Activity: Orientation Meeting
Special Notes, Fees and Requirements:
• Up-to-date immunization card
• Insurance Fee of $18 or insurance card
• One passport-sized photo for students utilizing school bus service
Additional Notes/Explanations: Physical Education uniforms and student insurance will be available for purchase from July 27, (shirts/pants – $11 each; insurance – $18). All students must report to school on Aug. 8, in full uniform for a full day of instruction.

Joseph A. Gomez Elementary School
Location: School Campus
Kindergarten and 1st Grades – July 28 – 8-10 a.m.
2nd and 3rd Grades – July 28 – noon-2 p.m.
4th and 5th Grades – July 29 – 8-10 a.m.

Lockhart Elementary School
Location: Sprung
Aug. 3
Kindergarten 9 a.m.
Aug. 4
1st Grade 9 a.m.
2nd Grade 11 a.m.
Aug. 5
3rd Grade 9 a.m.
For more information, call (340) 774-2133.

Julius E. Sprauve School
Aug. 8
Location: Cafeteria
• 8:30 a.m. – 7th and 8th Grades only
• 10 a.m. – PreK to 2nd Grades only
• 11 a.m. – 3rd to 6th Grades only

2022-2023 Orientation Schedules – St. Croix District

Eulalie R. Rivera PreK-8 School
Date: Aug. 4
Location: School Pavilion
PreK – 9-10:30 a.m.
K-5th Grades – 9:30-11 a.m.
6th-8th Grades – 1 – 2:30 p.m.

John H. Woodson Jr. High School
Grade 7 Date: Aug. 3
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Grade 8 Date: Aug. 4
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Auditorium
All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bring the student’s Immunization Card. Parents will be asked to complete a demographic information form and a media release form.
Fees:
School ID: $15
Students are required to come to the orientation wearing a white polo or buttoned-down, collared shirt/blouse to take their ID pictures.
School Insurance: $18 (or provide proof of insurance)
Physical Education T-Shirt: $12

Ricardo R. Richards Elementary School
Date: Aug. 5
Location: Cafeteria
• Granny PreK: 9-9:45 a.m.
• Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades: 10-10:45 a.m.
• 4th, 5th and 6th Grades: 11-11:45 a.m.
Additional Activities
• Sign up for Parent Portal
• Update Demographic Form
• Sign Media Form
• Pay School Fees (School Accident Insurance $18)
• Device Distribution (Parent/Guardian must present valid ID)

Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School
Date: Aug. 4
Class schedules and devices will be distributed after each orientation.
8:30-9 a.m.: First-time parents
Location: Library
9-9:30 a.m. – Orientation (Spanish speakers only)
Location: Library
10-10:30 a.m. – Orientation (English for returning families)
Location: Auditorium

Lew Muckle Elementary School
Date: Aug. 5
Location: Cafeteria
PreK – 9-9:45 a.m.
Kindergarten-3rd Grades – 10-10:45 a.m.
4th- 6th Grades – 11-11:45 a.m.
Devices will be available for pick up. Parents must have ID available. School Accident Insurance – $18 (please have exact change). If you are using private insurance, you will be given a waiver to complete (a copy of the insurance card is required). If your child will be playing sports, we strongly recommend that you purchase the school’s insurance. A copy of students’ updated immunization card is required.

Alfredo Andrews Elementary School
Date: Aug. 4
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Auditorium

Juanita Gardine K-8 School
Date: Aug. 4
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Auditorium

Claude O. Markoe Elementary School
Date: Aug. 4
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Cafeteria

St. Croix Educational Complex High School
Aug. 3
9th Grade
8-11:30 a.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with A-L
1-3 p.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with M-Z
Aug. 4
10th Grade
8-11:30 a.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with A-L
1-3 p.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with M-Z
Aug. 5
11th and 12th Grades
8-11:30 a.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with A-L
1-3 p.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with M-Z

St. Croix Central High School
Aug. 3
9th Grade
8-11:30 a.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with A-L
1-3 p.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with M-Z
Aug. 4
10th Grade
8-11:30 a.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with A-L
1-3 p.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with M-Z
Aug. 5
11th and 12th Grades
8-11:30 a.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with A-L
1-3 p.m. – Students with Last Names beginning with M-Z
St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center
Aug. 15 and 16
Orientation will be held during class periods
Aug. 24
Back-to-School Night
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium

 

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