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Public Schools to Roll Out Hybrid Model Beginning in February

Between February and March, the V.I. Education Department will roll out a hybrid model for students, with some returning in-person and most remaining on virtual learning for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

Senators Critical of Absenteeism, School-Opening Plans

Members of the Senate Committee on Education and Work Force Development told Department of Education officials Friday they should be doing more about students who haven't been taking part in remote learning.

Unemployment Insurance Claims in the Territory Hit Record High

Unemployment in the territory is like an “invisible hurricane,” creating unprecedented amounts of unemployment benefits insurance claims in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy said.

Education Officials Fail to Show for Hearing on School Pandemic Closures

A Senate panel sat down on Tuesday for an update on the territory's public schools, but the officials from the Department of Education, who were expected to provide the update, did not attend.

Danish Students Want to Learn More About Colonial Past, Teachers Ready to Heed Their Call

Focus on Danish colonial history has surged over the past couple of years in not only public discourse but also in the country's educational system.

Sabrina Diaz Begins Six-Month Assignment at V.I. National Park

Sabrina Diaz began a six-month assignment as deputy superintendent of Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument beginning on Oct. 11, the park announced Monday.

Legislature Rejects Another Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill

History repeated itself during Friday’s Legislative session, where once again prohibiting the use of corporal punishment in a school setting was struck down by legislators, this time by a 12-2 vote.

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.

Water Testing Kits to Teach Kids STEM Skills from Home

Students in the U.S, Virgin Islands can practice science at home while seeing the real-world application thanks to youth-friendly home water testing kits, developed and being distributed by the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service and VI-EPSCoR.





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