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Students and Teachers Will All Work from Home; Parents Face Deadline

The V.I. Department of Education is once again shifting plans for the start of school following Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s announcement Thursday afternoon that all non-essential government workers will be working from home in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin heralds the release of the Education Department’s new master plan for facilities during a press conference Monday. (Screen capture)

Education Building ‘Schools of the Future’ Guided by New Master Plan

The Department of Education has released its new facilities master plan, a more than 500-page document available on the department's website, and announced it will hold a virtual public forum on the plan Thursday.
Drawings of the proposed school on St. John, presented at the virtual townhall meeting on Facebook last week, include a water feature, shown here running from the bottom right of the drawing to the upper left.

Proposed K-12 School for STJ Designed for New Location

When the Department of Education went on Facebook Live on June 9 and 16, to update the community of its plan to build a new school for St. John, two critical guiding notions jumped out.

Youth Summer Programs Go Virtual

Many parents were hoping to send their children to summer camp, but with social distancing guidelines in place, the tedious task is figuring out what to do instead.
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.





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