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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.
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.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin explains changes in school organizations. (Photo submitted by V.I. Department of Education)

Virtual Classes Possible But School System Hopes to Resume In-Person Classes for Fall

While school buildings are expected to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year, what that looks like will depend on the impact of the coronavirus in the territory in the coming months, said Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin

Public Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

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.
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Updated List of USVI Canceled Events, Agency Hours and Procedures Changed Due to Epidemic

The confirmed presence in the territory of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has led to a wave of closures, cancellations and postponements the territory has not seen outside of a natural disaster.
The Department of Education will begin meal distribution to V.I. students on Thursday. (Shutterstock image)

Meal Distribution Starts Thursday for V.I. Students

The Virgin Islands Department of Education will distribute breakfast and lunch to students attending public, private and parochial schools in its “No V.I. Child Goes Hungry” feeding initiative, beginning Thursday, the department announced.
Toilet paper at Plaza East on St. Croix. (Elisa McKay photo)

STX Shelves a Little Light but More Goods Are On the Way

Like many places across the country, some supplies like paper towels, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are sold out of many U.S. Virgin Islands stores, but the territory does not seem to have experienced panic buying and hoarding.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin urged families to stay at home and not socialize while schools are closed. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Public Schools to Close Through Easter – At Least

Beginning Wednesday, all public schools in the territory will be closed for at least three weeks, through the Easter holiday, to limit exposure and the potential spread of the new coronavirus.
STX MathCounts Top 10 Students with Coordinator & Deputy Commissioner - From left: STX Math Coordinator Juanita Boneque, Samir Boucenna, Zanyja Rodriguez, Andrew Thompson, Kristina Horsford, Keemar Crosky, Jaden Gonzalez, Lauren Jones, Nick Turk, Aundre Dolcar, Michael Atwell, and Deputy Commissioner Carla Bastian. (Source Photo by Elisa McKay)

Church of God Academy Ranks No. 1 in STX MATHCOUNTS

Four schools competed in a rigorous display of mathematical talent in four rounds of individual and team work as they vied for first place, but it was the Church of God Academy students who took the ultimate prize in the MATHCOUNTS competition. Held in the Great Hall at the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Thursday, Church of God Holiness Academy, Good Hope Country Day School, Ricardo Richards Elementary School, and John H. Woodson Jr. High School students came prepared with winning as their only option.





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