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While health officials believe the ongoing stay-at-home order has been “effective” in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, the territory’s overall COVID-19 positivity rate and the number of current hospitalizations have prompted a one-week extension order.
New confirmed COVID-19 infections subsided a little over the weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands even as the virus killed the 15th resident. There were five new cases from Sunday to Monday, five from Saturday to Sunday and 11 from Friday to Saturday, according to the V.I. Department of Health's updates.
After receiving feedback from the public and union representatives, Education officials Thursday unveiled two reopening options for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, a hybrid option that rotates between two cohorts, and a "learn from home" option for families not yet ready for in-person classes.
Because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and in “abundance of caution,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday the opening of public schools has been pushed back from Aug. 10 to “at least” Sept. 8.
Public schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands will remain closed for the rest of the school year while students continue learning at home, V.I. Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin announced.
The V.I. Next Generation Network is planning to put volunteers in the field to help the territory's public school teachers with a five-week course in coding and programming.
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.
The Department of Education officially confirmed details of how St. Croix schools will be reconfigured for the fall. The new roster also involves some school uniform changes.