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With Virtual Classrooms Not Reaching All Students, Education Responds to Questions

Now that the fall semester has begun, Virgin Islands students, parents and educators are faced with the challenging realities of distance learning, not least of all that laptops designated for each of the territory's students have not reached everyone.

Senators Move to Extend Distance Learning Options Beyond the Pandemic

Options for distance learning may stick around long after the pandemic ends if legislation advanced Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development becomes law.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory tells the Senate it's time for the measure to move forward. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature)

Homeschooling Legislation Fails to Pass Committee

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee tabled legislation seeking to regulate homeschooling after the bill proved controversial with testifiers.

Public Schools Won’t Reopen Until 2021

Education officials informed senators Thursday that public schools will not be reopening in the fall as planned, and will be entirely virtual for at least the first semester of the school year from September to December. 
Michael Francois, chairman of the Virgin Islands Board of Career and Technical Education, testifies virtually before the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development. (Screenshot)

What Happened to Vocational Education in Territory, Senators Ask

The Senate Committee on Education and Work Force Development voted Monday to forward legislation that, if ratified, would strengthen vocational programs and allow high school students to gain experience in their desired career field.
Children and parents alike are eager for the return of safe summer camps. (Shutterstock image)

DHS Delivers Guidelines to Reopen Day Care Centers, Summer Camps

The Department of Human Services on Tuesday announced its guidelines for reopening child care facilities and summer camps.
Danielle Marie, dressed as a unicorn, is one of the instructors for Breathe Yoga for Kids. (Source photo by Shaun Pennington)

WTJX Airs ‘Breathe Yoga for Kids’

Breathe Yoga and WTJX have teamed up to offer “Breathe Yoga for Kids,” an interactive workout show that will air three times a week while residents are under the stay-at-home order during the pandemic.
Students All Saints Cathedral School students Nyla Vanterpool and Omar Brown fill their water bottles at the first refillable water station to be placed in a territory school. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Territory Schools Begin to Receive Water Refill Stations

All Saints Cathedral School is the first in the territory to be given a water refill station, along with a personal reusable water bottle for every student, a project that has been in the making for over two years.
Africah Harrigan: Granddaughter to Beulah Harrigan, Africah Harrigan, provides testimony during the a hearing of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Aging.q

Panel OKs Naming Library Children’s Room for Harrigan

A Senate committee voted Friday to name the children’s room at Charles Wesley Turnbull Regional Library in memory of Beulah Smith Harrigan, a longtime educator and librarian in the territory who died in 2011.

UNICEF: Hurricanes Are Scattering Caribbean Families

More than three million Caribbean people have suffered the permanent or temporary loss of their homes because of adverse weather events in recent years, and the numbers appear to be escalating dramatically.

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