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Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin urged families to stay at home and not socialize while schools are closed. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Plans in Place for Start of the School Year – and Subject to Change

Questions were flying at a rate of 12 per minute as close to 700 viewers tuned into The Press Box on Thursday night to hear the V.I. Education Department’s plans for safely reopening schools amid the ongoing pandemic.

Live and in Color: Government House Reaches Out to the Community Via ‘The Press Box’

When Government House launched its weekly “The Press Box” live broadcasts in January, the words COVID-19, pandemic and social distancing were yet to become a part of the everyday lexicon of Virgin Islanders.
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.
Architect's drawing of a new Charlotte Amalie High School. (By the DLR Group)

Education Officials Say New Schools Territorywide Will Happen

The V.I. Department of Education wrapped up a series of virtual public meetings held on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John that aimed to garner community feedback about the master plan for the territory’s new schools.
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.

Education Pushes Forward on New Schools; No FEMA Funds Received Yet

In January, the V.I. Department of Education teamed up with design firm DLR Group to create a master plan for the potentially millions of dollars in FEMA funds the department expects to receive to reconstruct the territory’s derelict public schools. But no funds have been received so far.
Allen Stewart volunteers at the VIFA booth during Agrifest 2020. (Photo submitted by VIFA President Nate Olive)

V.I. Farmers Unite to Fight for a Voice

A group of the territory’s farmers have created the Virgin Islands Farmers Alliance to fight for their voice amid big agriculture and local government, but they say they need the public’s help.

Virgin Islands Youth Shine in Online Art Gallery

The 12th annual Youth Art Month exhibition of student art from the U.S. Virgin Islands looked like it might have to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but instead the artwork has moved online where the whole world can see it.
A lionfish scavenges a reef off Secret Harbor, St. Thomas. (Source photo by Dave MacVean)

Virtual ‘Science Saturday’ Serves Lionfish and Kids

This Saturday, May 9, Kitty Edwards of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources will host her second virtual edition of Science Saturday. Interested children and families are invited to watch the dissection of a lionfish.
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.

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