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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.
The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee tabled legislation seeking to regulate homeschooling after the bill proved controversial with testifiers.
Education officials informed senators Thursday that public schools will not be reopening in the fall as planned, and will be entirely virtual for at least the first semester of the school year from September to December.
The Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services moved forward legislation Wednesday that, among other things, would strictly prohibit corporal punishment in school settings.
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.
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.
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.
All Saints Cathedral School is the first in the territory to be given a water refill station, along with a personal reusable water bottle for every student, a project that has been in the making for over two years.
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