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Art conveying the theme "Love & Change in the Time of Corona" adorns the Virgin Islands lottery tickets that went on sale Friday. The images were selected as winners in the online student art contest and exhibit.
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.
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.
Officials at the University of the Virgin Islands have confirmed that two staff members on St. Thomas contracted the novel coronavirus in August.
Amid a myriad of pandemic-related challenges, Chief Justice Rhys Hodge announced at Wednesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing that, on Aug. 31, the V.I. judicial branch launched a long-awaited electronic filing system for the Superior Court and Supreme Court.
Never underestimate the human desire to create and share their creations. Some art organizations and individuals are making their work available through cyberspace for no or little fee.
Tylur Arvidson, one of the owners of Rock Life Crossfit on St. Thomas, formed a Facebook group where local fitness instructors can post free at-home workouts with minimal equipment so people can stay active while they have to stay at home.
Now at the end of the second week of online education, teachers and students in 14 public, 10 religious, and four private on St. Croix are adjusting to their new way of life. Some are going with the flow, while others are feeling thrust against the current.
Carnival on St. Thomas may have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Virgin Islanders can still have fun while maintaining social distancing. The Department of Tourism’s Division of Festivals launched “Home Wuk,” a series of online social gatherings designed to create a sense of community, camaraderie and a “virtual” Carnival experience.
“Sarah & Addie” will premiere at a VIP red carpet affair at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Croix Caribbean Cinemas.