USVI: Students from Grades 4-12 to return to in-person learning in Jan 2022

By Rumi Samuel Published on November 09, 2021
USVI: Students from Grades 4-12 to return to in-person learning in Jan 2022

School campuses in the US Virgin Islands will be a bit busier in 2022 as  Grades Four to twelve students return to in-person learning.

Classes are expected to resume on January 10, 2022.

Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin said, “it is the right time to begin moving toward a greater sense of normalcy for all of our students” since new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the territory have been declining and restrictions are lifted.

“Our students are thriving on campuses which have been retrofitted to meet all of the requirements by the [Centres for Disease Control and Prevention] to meet all of the COVID requirements,” she added.

Among the measures implemented at school include plexiglass barriers for the desks, hand-washing stations, automatic soap and hand sanitiser dispensers, temperature check instruments, safety signage, and designated isolation rooms.

Students in Pre-K through Grade Three, career and tech education, and Special Education returned to September 7.

St Croix Superintendent Carlos McGregor said all students enrolled at the Lew Muckle Elementary School, Ricardo Richards Elementary School, Alfredo Andrews Elementary School, Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School, Eulalie Rivera, Claude O Markoe, and Juanita Gardine schools would attend classes in-person five days a week.

Seventh and eighth-grade students at John H Woodson Junior High will attend school in-person two days per week and two days virtually.

Wednesdays will be set aside for deep cleaning.

Ninth-grade students attending the St Croix Educational Complex and the St Croix Central High School will have four days of in-person learning and one day virtual.

Tenth, 11th, and 12th-grade students at both high schools will have two days of in-person learning and three days of virtual learning each week. 

Students at the Positive Connections Alternative Education site will attend school three days in-person and two days virtually. 

The St Croix Career and Technical Education Centre will offer in-person learning every day.

St Thomas-St John Deputy Superintendent Symra Dee Brown revealed ninth-grade students attending the Charlotte Amalie High School and the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School will report to campus Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades have two days of in-person learning and three days of virtual learning each week.

School cafeterias will also be reopened, with children being served at different times throughout the day.

Masks will be mandatory on campus.

Students presenting COVID-19 symptoms will be tested using antigen tests once parental consent is given.  

Between 10 and 15 per cent of the student population will be tested monthly, as part of a COVID-19 survey, to determine the virus’ spread among students.

Parents, who decline to test, must present a negative test after their child is quarantined.

Rumi Samuel

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