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Natalia Barnes of the St. Croix Educational Complex in her cap and gown. (Photo provided by Natalia Barnes)

St. Croix’s Class of 2020 Makes the Most of Quarantine Graduations

The COVID-19 pandemic put a screeching halt to all social gatherings, and for the Class of 2020 that included graduation ceremonies and all the other parties and events that go with them.
Addelita Cancryn Junior High School Principal Lisa Hassell-Forde (V.I. Department of Education photo).

Distance Learning Webinar Gives Resources to Parents, Students, Educators *Update*

“Parents, you got this!” Principal Lisa Hassell-Forde from Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School called out those words of encouragement during a one-hour webinar on distance learning for parents, teachers and students.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin urged families to stay at home and not socialize while schools are closed. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Public Schools to Close Through Easter – At Least

Beginning Wednesday, all public schools in the territory will be closed for at least three weeks, through the Easter holiday, to limit exposure and the potential spread of the new coronavirus.
From left, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel, Office of Disaster Recovery Executive Director Adrienne Williams-Octalien, Education Department Chief Operating Officer Dionne Wells-Hedrington, Education Commissioner Racquel Berry Benjamin and Government House spokesman Richard Motta announce Monday the approval of industry standards that will guide the reconstruction of new schools in the territory. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Industry Standards Will ‘Transform’ V.I. Education, Officials Say

V.I. Education Department officials announced that a set of industry standards that will drive the long-awaited construction of new schools throughout the territory has been approved by federal regulators.
A school bus and a private vehicle are locked together after an accident on Cassie Hill. (Photo supplied by a Source reader)

School Bus Involved in Accident on STT; None Injured

No injuries were reported to students or the school bus driver when Bus No. 7, transporting students from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School at 4 p.m. Friday, was involved in a traffic accident with a vehicle on Cassie Hill.
DOE architect Chaneel Callwood-Daniels talks about plans for new schools in the Virgin Islands. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Education Pushing Ahead with New or Modernized Schools

During a half dozen community meetings on St. Croix and St. Thomas, Education Department officials announced construction proposals and enlisted public support for ideas to improve education at all levels.

V.I. Film ‘Sarah & Addie’ to be Shown on the Big...

"Sarah & Addie," a new film directed by Valrica Bryson and produced by the V.I. Department of Education's Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education and the V.I. Public Broadcasting System, will be showing in Caribbean Cinemas theaters in November.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory at Wednesday's hearing: 'To see two women opening businesses is very encouraging.' (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Panel OKs Reestablishing Information System; No Funds Included

Senators sent forward legislation to "establish" the "Virgin Islands Virtual Information System ... within the Department of Education" on Tuesday, reestablishing the centralized school and to revive the VIVIS system established during the tenure of Gov. John deJongh Jr.

‘New Schools’ Open House Draws Crowd on St. John

The crowd that gathered on St. John Wednesday evening to discuss plans for the construction of a new school differed on what grades it should serve and the kinds of programs it should offer, but there was one area of consensus: the school should be relocated to property now owned by the Virgin Islands National Park in Estate Catherineberg.
At a packed community meeting Thursday, Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin details the department’s plans to move three schools. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Two Schools Moved, One More to Go, Officials Tell Community

Following a news conference earlier this month that ended in uproar, Education officials held a second meeting to discuss the reorganization of three public schools on St. Thomas after more deficiencies were found in the main building at CAHS.

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