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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.


Virgin Islands Department of Education Issues No School Reminder Due to Professional Development Day and Thanksgiving Holiday

The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) is issuing a reminder to all parents, guardians, and students that there will be no school on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, due to a scheduled Professional Development Day for all faculty and staff. All schools territory-wide will be closed.


Professional Development Days play a crucial role in the continuous improvement of education quality. During these sessions, educators engage in specialized training, collaborative workshops, and strategic planning. The VIDE recognizes the importance of fostering a learning environment that thrives on innovation, and dedicated Professional Development Days contribute significantly to achieving this goal. By investing in the professional growth of our educators, we aim to provide students with an enriched and effective educational experience.


Schools will also remain closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23, 2023, and on Friday, November 24, 2023. While students enjoy these days off from school, parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to engage with their children in meaningful discussions and activities outside the classroom.


The Virgin Islands Department of Education appreciates the understanding and support of parents, students, and the community during these scheduled breaks, as they are instrumental in our commitment to delivering a world-class education to the students of the Virgin Islands. Normal school operations will resume on Monday, November 27, 2023.



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The St. Thomas-St. John District extends a warm invitation to the public for the 2023 Teacher of the Year Honoree Luncheon Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2023. Tickets for this event are priced at $50.00 and are available for purchase at various locations: Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Main Office, Charlotte Amalie High School Main Office, Ulla F. Muller Elementary School Main Office, St. Thomas-St. John District Office located at Tutu Park Mall (former Scotia Bank location), or directly from the honorees.


Mark your calendars for this special occasion to be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Columban Hall-Holy Family Church. This year's theme, "Teach, Love, Inspire," will be celebrated during the luncheon, where we will pay tribute to the three exceptional Teacher of the Year Nominees: Dara Battiste from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Chevell Simeon from Charlotte Amalie High School, and Candeya Turnbull Brown from Ulla F. Muller Elementary School. Join us in recognizing and celebrating the outstanding contributions of these dedicated educators.



Download press release here:  pdf PRESS RELEASE 1104 23 St Thomas St John District Teacher of the Year Luncheon Ceremony (63 KB)

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The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) released its 30-Day Project list for public schools within the St. Croix School District in October. This list was comprised of maintenance repairs and ongoing projects that were actively being managed by the operations, facilities, and maintenance divisions of the St. Croix District. As part of our commitment to transparency, VIDE is sharing updates on the status of these outlined projects with the public.


Each school had its own specific set of projects to be accomplished within the 30-day timeframe. The detailed documents (attached), which include the project type and status for each school, can be accessed online at or via the Virgin Islands Department of Education's Facebook page.


Considering the nature of these projects, multiple phases are involved before work can commence for some tasks. Some projects necessitated the solicitation of bids, development of scopes of work, securing of contracts, execution of purchase orders, and requests made to the United States Department of Education for the reappropriation of federal funds. The process from start to finish for certain projects is still ongoing.


Additionally, some scopes of work are currently under contract and will extend beyond the initial 30-day period, potentially taking 60 to 90 days to complete. As previously announced, certain projects began within the 30-day period and will continue to be actively worked on until they are finished.


It is important for the VIDE to inform the public that when contracts are in place for scopes of work, completion time can vary based on the nature of services rendered. In instances of scopes of work requiring purchase orders (POs), that PO process can take 7 -10 business days once the scope description is submitted. Lastly, regarding projects that are awaiting approval from the U.S. Department of Education, the request to reappropriate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds was made to the USDE and approval is dependent on several factors to include the requirement for contractors to have 100% bonding as collateral.


The work in the St. Croix District is progressing and remains a top priority for the Virgin Islands Department of Education. The VIDE will continue to provide the public with regular updates on the advancement of these projects as they move towards completion.




Download press release here:  pdf PRESS RELEASE 1103 23 ST CROIX DISTRICT ANNOUNCES UPDATE ON 30 DAY PROJECTS (66 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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