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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 Provides New Update on Territory-Wide Tablet Distribution

The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) is pleased to share significant progress in the distribution of tablets to students across the Territory, courtesy of Heritage Wireless, as part of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Spearheaded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this federal initiative aims to bolster internet accessibility for households, a critical need particularly emphasized during periods when home-based virtual learning is imperative.

A shipment of 1,584 tablets arrived in the Territory, courtesy of Heritage Wireless, as part of the ACP. Each family had access to one tablet, complete with a pre-loaded T-Mobile internet service SIM card. The distribution spanned across both the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix Districts.

In the St. Thomas-St. John District (STTJ), 785 tablets have already been distributed, with 732 allocated to St. Thomas and 53 to St. John. Of these, 613 went to public school students and 119 to non-public school students on St. Thomas, while on St. John, 46 were designated for public school students and 7 for non-public school students, achieving an overall distribution rate of 90.5%.

In the St. Croix District (STX), 535 tablets were distributed, comprising 454 for public school students and 81 for non-public school students, resulting in a district-wide distribution rate of 77%.

While a significant number of tablets have already been distributed, there remain some yet to be collected in both districts. VIDE staff continues their efforts to reach out to parents and guardians to ensure the retrieval of these devices. The distribution process has been streamlined, with designated locations and times established for collection. Parents are required to present a valid ID and sign a receipt acknowledging the terms and conditions of distribution during collection.

The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting the ACP, ensuring that families have the requisite technological resources to foster educational development and create equitable opportunities for all students.


Download press release here:  pdf PRESS RELEASE 0509 24 Virgin Islands Department of Education Provides New Update on Tablet Distribution (85 KB)

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The Virgin Islands Department of Education Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education is delighted to announce the conclusion of the "We Are All Stewards of Virgin Islands Culture and Heritage" campaign, which served as part of this year's 2024 VI History Month activities. This initiative successfully engaged students, teachers, and families across the Territory in a series of challenges designed to deepen their connection to our heritage and to embrace the role of stewards of Virgin Islands history and culture.

The award ceremony will be held simultaneously at VIYA retail spaces in both the St. Croix District and St. Thomas-St. John District on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 3:30 pm. Winners will be awarded prizes, photo opportunities, and interviews will be available for the media.

Jennifer Matarangas-King, Vice President of Public Relations and Governmental Affairs at VIYA, stated, "VIYA is pleased to collaborate with the Division of VI Cultural Education once again for the Annual VI History Month Challenges.  We always proudly support educational contests that link technology with important VI History initiatives. By providing devices such as smartphones and MiFi resources as prizes for deserving teachers and students, we encourage the use of technology to stay connected to VI Culture. Together, we honor our past, empower our present, and shape a vibrant future for the US Virgin Islands. Congratulations to the innovative students and teachers who participated in this year’s contests. May VIYA continue to keep them connected to our culture."

Students Digitized Storytelling Challenge: Students were tasked with sharing their family’s unique stories and oral histories. Zyah Rogers from the St. Croix Central High School won by submitting video vignettes interviewing his grandmother about his great grandfather, Louis E. Brown, a former Commissioner of Public Works and Agriculture. In the St. Thomas-St. John District, students Robyn Eddy, Ymani Rios, and Denaiya Smith from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School excelled in sharing traditional folk tales and personal valued memories of their family. They were supported by the guidance of Ms. Stacey McKay.

Environmental Stewardship Program Challenge: Mr. Josh Canning's class at the St. Croix Montessori School showcased their commitment to environmental stewardship and cultural preservation. The class won this challenge by documenting their journey of experiential learning about our environment and their responsibilities to conserve it.

Teacher's VI History Door Challenge: Teachers decorated their classroom doors with VI History Month themes for a chance to win MiFi devices with one year of service. This year's winners include Joie Byrd of the Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy, and Sharra Mae Estigo, winning for the second time from the Joseph Gomez Elementary School in the St. Thomas-St. John District. Also celebrating a second win are Karissa Thurland Perez in the St. Croix District, along with Jena Fuentes of the Lew Muckle Elementary School, and Arian Pineda Matzo. Stephanie Chalana Brown, Director of the Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education, emphasized the importance of this campaign: "Building both teachers and students with the tools and knowledge to be stewards of our culture is crucial. Traditions and community memories have long been vested in small pockets of cultural bearers. As we venerate our cultural bearers, we must also empower our educators and students with the knowledge of our community's memory, enabling them to carry forward the Sankofa principle—taking our past and moving forward with knowledge gained into the future." The Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education extends heartfelt gratitude to VIYA for their continued support in making these challenges possible and impactful, marking another successful year in celebrating and preserving the cultural legacy of the Virgin Islands.



Download press release here:  pdf Press Release 0508 24 WINNERS OF VI HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGES (139 KB)

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Virgin Islands Department of Education Expresses Profound Gratitude to FEMA for School Improvement Funds

The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) is pleased to announce the receipt of federal funding awards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for crucial school improvement projects. With deep appreciation, the VIDE extends its sincerest thanks to FEMA for their commitment to enhancing educational infrastructure across the Territory.

These grant awards signify a pivotal moment for education in the Virgin Islands, allowing for the development of much-needed new schools and the modernization of existing facilities with a focus on equity for all students. Through the flexibility provided by Congress in the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA), the VIDE is empowered to utilize these funds to address critical infrastructure needs and create an environment conducive to optimal learning experiences for our students.

It is important for the public to understand that the grant awards encompass various aspects of the improvement process beyond construction alone. In addition to funding for construction, resources are allocated for essential components such as land acquisition, project management, demolition, and design. This comprehensive approach ensures that every aspect of the improvement projects is meticulously planned and executed to the highest standards.

As part of this initiative, the Lew Muckle School and PreK-6 School, as well as the Eulalie Rivera PreK-8 School, will be merged into the modernized and expanded Alfredo Andrews and Alexander Henderson Schools. Concurrently, the decision has been made to shutter Leonard Dober Elementary School, which is currently not utilized for instructional purposes.

The VIDE recognizes the significance of these developments in shaping the future of education in the Virgin Islands and remains committed to transparent communication throughout the implementation process. As we embark on this transformative journey, we invite the community to join us in celebrating this milestone and supporting our collective efforts to provide the best possible educational opportunities for our students.




Download press release here:  pdf PRESS RELEASE 0418 24 VIDE Expresses Profound Gratitude to FEMA for School Improvement Funds (84 KB)

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

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

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