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The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Office of Public Relations and Communications exists to heighten the public’s awareness of the Department’s mission to ensure that all students are prepared for college or the career of their choice upon graduation from high school.

In support of the mission, the Public Relations Office provides publicity for events, activities and the many successes of the Department’s schools, students, teachers, employees and leadership through internal and external communication.

The Office of Public Relations and Communication, through an integrated marketing communications approach services the marketing, branding, public, and media relations, advertising and graphic design needs of the Department, districts, and schools.

The Public Relations Office reports directly to the Commissioner of Education.


First Monitor Retreat Aims to Enhance, Professionalize Role and Training of School Monitors

ST. CROIX, USVI – In an effort to enhance, streamline, and further professionalize the role and practices of school monitors, the Department of Education hosted the first School Monitor Professional Development Retreat, June 6-8, at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Albert A. Sheen Campus Great Hall on St. Croix. The event is expected to be held annually.  

The three-day, in-person gathering brought together 85 school monitors from across the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts with representatives from VITEMA, V.I. Bureau of Corrections, LSU, V.I. EMS, Department of Health, and other entities for hands-on training and workshops on mass violence and active threats, self-defense, CPR/First Aid, social-emotional wellness, de-escalation techniques, incident report writing, and the rollout of a new evaluation system.  

In a written statement to attendees, Assistant Education Commissioner Victor Somme III, whose office organized the event in conjunction with the Department’s Division of Disaster Planning and School Security, said, “Post COVID-19, school security has become more important than ever before. Today, school security goes beyond sheltering students from violence, bullying and protection from harmful elements, such as drugs, guns, and gang activity. Therefore, it is critically important that you receive professional development and training for standardization and consistency across schools and districts, improve and increase your knowledge of school safety and security measures, and learn and apply best practices.”  

Education Commissioner Dr. Dionne Wells-Hedrington, in remarks to the group about the importance of fostering good working relationships and building trust, said, “I could relate to anyone. It’s about building relationships. When it comes to you, I don’t just see people, I see destiny, I see gifts, I see potential. I see beyond just the physical person.”  

She continued, “We are really here to support the work that you do, because it’s not easy. But times are changing, and we have to make sure that our people are prepared and that they are safe and have what they need to get their jobs done.   

“You have my commitment, and we are moving things forward, slowly but surely. You are a priority for me,” she concluded.  

St. Croix Educational Complex High School Monitor Winston Marcus, who has worked in the profession for eight years, said the training was a refresher for him.  

“This training comes as a refresher course for me, as many of us have had this training before, but it’s always good to have a refresher,” he said. “I learned some new things they are trying to implement, and I would like to see those things happen. I think it’s a good thing that monitors from St. Croix and St. Thomas are in the same building and are learning the same things at the same time.” 

Kenya Blyden-Selwood, who has worked as a school monitor for 17-1/2 years and is stationed at Joseph Gomez Elementary School, said the training was beneficial to keep monitors abreast of the latest in responding to various campus security threats.  

“For this retreat training, I hope to gain more knowledge in areas of active threat shooting,” she said. “So far, we have taken up that we need to continue with the training because as we progress and move along, there will be new processes and changes, and more training will be necessary.” 


Blyden-Selwood also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with her peers from St. Croix. 


“It was a great experience to meet all the other monitors from St. Croix and we came together as one family,” she said. “As we leave from here, we hope it continues where we interact more, bring ideas to the table, and learn more from one another.” 

The retreat, which will be hosted in the St. Thomas-St. John District next summer, culminated with a banquet to recognize monitors for their dedication to their profession. 


Download press release here:  pdf First Monitor Retreat Aims to Enhance, Professionalize Role and Training of School Monitors (1 KB)


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St. Thomas-St. John District Announces Changes for SY 2023-2024

ST. THOMAS, USVI – St. Thomas-St. John District Insular Superintendent Dr. Stefan Jurgen has announced a series of changes that will take effect at schools across the district for the 2023-2024 School Year. 


Raphael O. Wheatley Skills Center 

  • The Raphael O. Wheatley Skills Center will move to its newly renovated location at the former Gladys A. Abraham Elementary School  

Lockhart & Addelita Cancryn Schools 

  • Lockhart Primary School (K-3) will merge with Addelita Cancryn Intermediate & Junior High School (4-8) to become the Lockhart K-8 School 
  • Uniforms will remain the same   

Joseph A. Sibilly & Ulla F. Muller 

  • Sixth grade for Joseph A. Sibilly and Ulla F. Muller elementary schools has been transferred to Lockhart K-8 School and Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School  

All Other Elementary Schools 

  • All other elementary schools, with the exception of Jane E. Tuitt (K-4), will cater to students in grades K-5  

Sugarapple Prekindergarten 

  • Two additional Prekindergarten programs will be added to the district—one at Ulla F. Muller Elementary School and the other at Joseph A. Gomez Elementary School 


Download press release here:  pdf St. Thomas-St. John District Announces Changes for SY 2023-2024

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Planned Hospital Demolition Poses Minimal Impact to Gardine School, Adult Ed. Center

VIDOH assures implementation of mitigation efforts to minimize disruption to schools   

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Juanita Gardine PreK-8 School and the St. Croix Adult Education Center are not expected to be impacted by the Charles Harwood Memorial Complex demolition, which is set to begin on Monday, April 24. Gardine’s promotional exercises, scheduled for May 23 in the school’s auditorium, are not expected to be affected; the Adult Education graduation will be held off-site on May 16.  

According to the V.I. Department of Health (VIDOH), for the duration of the demolition, work will be conducted between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. To avoid noise pollution, there will be no blasting on the site. Movement of building materials will be concentrated during the middle of the school day and after student pick-up times.  


VIDOH has also announced that demolition contractor Lemartec USVI will implement mitigation measures to include privacy and dust screens around the work areas, the use of a water dust suppression machine and wind direction monitoring. Furthermore, Lemartec has developed a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan and will use best management practices to monitor and prepare for inclement weather. 


For more detailed information about the demolition process, see the press release disseminated by the Department of Health on April 13, 2023. 


Download press release here:  pdf Planned Hospital Demolition Poses Minimal Impact to Gardine School, Adult Ed. Center (174 KB)

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