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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.
Senators sent forward legislation to "establish" the "Virgin Islands Virtual Information System ... within the Department of Education" on Tuesday, reestablishing the centralized school and to revive the VIVIS system established during the tenure of Gov. John deJongh Jr.
Over 300 students from public, private and parochial schools in the St. Thomas-St. John (STSJ) District participated in STEAM Day (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics) at UVI on May 24.