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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.

World Ocean School Premieres New ‘Community Days’ Program

World Ocean School will open the Schooner Roseway to the Frederiksted community for free dockside programming, Community Days, during the holiday season.

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.

UVI Confirms Two Staff Members had COVID-19 in August

Officials at the University of the Virgin Islands have confirmed that two staff members on St. Thomas contracted the novel coronavirus in August.
Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory tells the Senate it's time for the measure to move forward. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature)

Homeschooling Legislation Fails to Pass Committee

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee tabled legislation seeking to regulate homeschooling after the bill proved controversial with testifiers.

Public Schools Won’t Reopen Until 2021

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. 

Senators Push to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools

The Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services moved forward legislation Wednesday that, among other things, would strictly prohibit corporal punishment in school settings.
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.

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