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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.


The Virgin Islands Department of Education Announces Device and Instructional Packet Distribution for the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School

The Virgin Islands Department of Education informs parents and guardians of students enrolled at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School (BCB) that due to the declared State of Emergency, in response to an ongoing fire at the Bovoni Landfill, the school will remain closed. We prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and as a result, the following arrangements have been made:


Device and Instructional Packet Distribution:


  • Date and Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.


  • Due to the poor air quality caused by existing smoke and odors from the landfill fire, the VIDE strongly encourages parents to collect devices and instructional packets during the specified time period, as the well-being of employees is a priority.


Alternative Pickup Date:


  • Friday, September 22, 2023, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm will serve as a secondary pickup date for those parents unable to collect devices and packets on Thursday.


  • Please note that these two days are the only designated pickup dates. If you cannot pick up on either day, please contact the school at, and the BCB staff will assist in finding the best possible solution.


Device Pickup Requirements:


  • Only parents, guardians, or individuals listed in PowerSchool will be allowed to collect devices on behalf of students.


  • Completion of the District Technology Form is mandatory before receiving a device.


  • Devices should not be retrieved if they are not needed.


  • Students still in possession of devices should log on to Microsoft Teams.


Instructional Packet Collection:


  • Instructional packets are to be collected from the student's Homeroom Teacher.


  • These packets will include pre-prepared assignments and previously covered class content.


  • Assignments will be dated back to Monday, September 18, 2023, encompassing the entire week until Friday, September 22, 2023, with due dates scheduled for the following week. This will allow the students an opportunity to complete assignments for this entire week.


Communication and Virtual Learning:


  • Teachers will communicate with students through Microsoft Teams and email once devices have been distributed.


  • Students will work on missing assignments and review concepts taught in each class during this time.


As a result of the Bovoni Landfill fire not being sustainably contained at this time, a modified asynchronous schedule will be provided for students to commence Monday, September 25, 2023.

While working virtually, faculty and staff will be responsible for fulfilling their normal responsibilities, which include:

  • Updating grades in the grade books after providing feedback to students.


  • Contacting students and parents via communication platforms to provide a praise report or to report intervention and corrective measures as needed.


  • Meeting with Team Supervisor.


  • Team and Content Area Planning.


  • Logging entries into PowerSchool.


The VIDE is grateful for the continued efforts of the Virgin Islands Fire Emergency Management Services and all other agencies and partners providing external assistance to extinguish the fire. This is a large-scale effort that initially began on Thursday, September 14, 2023, coinciding with the initial closure of BCB. As we navigate these challenging circumstances, we kindly request the support of parents as students continue their education virtually. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly valued.




Download press release here:  pdf Press Release 0911 23 VIDE Announces Device and Instructional Packet Distribution for BCB (1 KB)

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Virgin Islands Department of Education Adopts Measures to Address Heatwave Challenges in the St. Croix District by Adjusting School Hours

The Virgin Islands Department of Education is announcing schedule adjustments for six schools within the St. Croix District, effective Monday, September 25, 2023. These modifications to the operational hours of each school are a direct response to the challenges posed by the ongoing and severe heatwave that has been affecting the district. On September 18th, heat risks were updated for the U.S. Virgin Islands resulting in a Heat Warning being issued.


The recent heatwave has created unfavorable learning conditions for students, faculty, and staff across several schools in the St. Croix District. The health and well-being of students and personnel are paramount, and the district has taken decisive action to address the impact of the extreme weather by identifying schools most impacted.


Following comprehensive assessments of the school facilities, the district has identified and categorized six schools where more than 50% of the campus lacks functional air conditioning units. These schools require immediate attention to improve the conditions.


Effective Monday, September 25, 2023, the St. Croix School District will implement schedule adjustments aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of the heatwave on students, faculty, and staff. These changes to the daily schedule are designed to offer much-needed relief during the hottest hours of the day.


  • Revised Daily Schedules:

The following daily schedules have been updated since the VIDE Live announcement.


Ø  Juanita Gardine and Eulalie Rivera PreK-8 Schools: These schools will begin the school day at 7:30am and end at 12:30pm, with class periods lasting 45 minutes each. This earlier start time allows for instruction during the cooler morning hours, and lunch will be provided on a staggered schedule.




Subject Area


Start Time

End Time

Homeroom & Morning Announcements


7:30 AM

7:35 AM


7:35 AM

8:20 AM


8:25 AM

9:10 AM


9:15 AM

10:00 AM


10:05 AM

10:50 AM


10:55 AM

11:40 AM


11:45 AM

12:30 PM



    • John H. Woodson Jr. High School: Will begin at 8:00am and end at 1:15pm. Class periods have been reduced from 55 minutes to 45 minutes each.






Start Time

End Time


8:00 AM

8:45 AM


8:48 AM

9:33 AM


9:36 AM

10:21 AM


10:24 AM

11:09 AM


11:12 AM

11:57 AM


11:57 AM

12:27 PM


12:30 PM

1:15 PM


    • St. Croix Central High School; St. Croix Educational Complex; and the Career & Educational Technical Center: These schools will begin the school day at their regular start time of 7:40am, but will end earlier, at 1:05pm. Class periods have been reduced from 75 minutes to 65 minutes.






Start Time

End Time


7:40 AM

8:45 AM


8:50 AM

9:55 AM


10:00 AM

11:05 AM


11:10 AM

11:55 AM


12:00 PM

1:05 PM


For all schools, bus transportation will continue to be available daily for students commuting to and from each school campus. It is important for the public to note that for the following schools,

morning routes can commence as early as 6:45am to accommodate students:


  • Juanita Gardine, Eulalie Rivera PreK-8, and the John H. Woodson Jr. High School.


In the afternoon, buses will also be provided as each school dismisses. Parents are welcome to also begin pickups at scheduled dismissal times.


The St. Croix District wants to assure the public that these measures are temporary and have been implemented to create a more comfortable and conducive learning environment for students during the current heatwave period. The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) will closely monitor temperatures and heat conditions, to assess when regular school hours will be resumed.


The Department acknowledges that these adjustments are not an ideal long-term solution and is actively working to address the operational needs of schools within the district. The VIDE seeks the support and cooperation of parents, students, faculty, and staff during this challenging period.


Together, we can navigate the heatwave and continue our mission of transforming today's learners into tomorrow's leaders in safe and comfortable environments.




Download press release here:  pdf Press Release 0910 23 Virgin Islands Department of Education Adopts Measures to Address Heatwave Challenges (1 KB)

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Virgin Islands Department of Education State Office of Special Nutrition Programs Announces USDA Commodity Distribution

The Virgin Islands Department of Education State Office of Special Nutrition Programs informs the public of its upcoming drive through distribution of USDA commodities for the territory. Distribution will take place across both districts on the following days for all eligible persons.


St. Thomas - St. John District

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023        Location: Lockhart K-8 School

Start time – 7:00 a.m. until supplies last (all eligible persons are asked to report on this day).


St. Croix District

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023        Location: St. Croix Educational Complex High School

Start time – 7:00 a.m. until supplies last (all eligible persons are asked to report on this day).


The Emergency Food Assistance Program or (TEFAP) uses income; not age to determine program eligibility. The St. Thomas-St. John District and St. Croix District distributions are for all eligible persons meeting the criteria listed below. Distribution packages will be limited to one per household. 


Individuals or heads of households eligible to receive these commodities must be identified as in need by meeting one of the following criteria:


1.      A person or head of household whose gross family income does not exceed the 185% of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for July 1, 2023 thru June 30, 2024.


2.      A person or head of household who is a client of any of the following income certified assistance programs:

(a)      Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

(b)      Medical Assistance Program

(c)      Be a Tenant of a Subsidized Public Housing program.


3.      Individuals are also permitted to self-declare their income using the self-certification portion of the application if they do not fall into the established categories stated above.


To obtain commodities, proper identification must be presented. Persons completing the Self Certification Form should be prepared to provide information relative to their gross income.  Any person not able to provide satisfactory information to the distribution site staff will not be able to receive a commodity package.


For additional information, please call Federal Commodities Officer, Correy Lettsome at (340) 774-0100 ext. 2818.


                                             INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINE TABLE



Not more than $ 26,973



Not more than $ 2,248



Not more than  $519

Household Size 2



$ 3,041


$ 702

Household Size 3

$ 45,991


$ 3,833


$ 885

Household Size 4

$ 55,500


$ 4,625


$ 1,068

Household Size 5

$ 65,009


$ 5,418


$ 1,251

Household Size 6

$ 74,518


$ 6,210


$ 1,434

Household size 7

$ 84,027


$ 7,003


$ 1,616

Household size 8

$ 93,536


$ 7,795


$ 1,799

For each additional family member

add $9,509


$ 793



$ 183





Download press release here:  pdf Press Release 0906 23 Special Nutrition Programs Announces USDA Commodity Distribution (377 KB)

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St. Thomas

1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: 340-774-0100

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM


St. Croix

2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820
Phone: 340-773-1095

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM

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