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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.


Early Dismissal at Claude O. Markoe Elementary

November 17, 2021
Early Dismissal at Claude O. Markoe Elementary

ST. CROIX, USVI – The Claude O. Markoe Elementary School is being dismissed early, effective immediately, due to a water service interruption impacting the campus. Students will revert to virtual learning for the remainder of the day. Parents are asked to pick up their children from the school, as school-bus service will not be available.
Crews are addressing the situation. The Department of Education will provide an update on the status of the Claude O. Markoe campus for Nov. 18.


Early Dismissal at Claude O. Markoe Elementary On November 17

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STX District Receives Donation of 250 Backpacks from Local Church

November 4, 2021
St. Croix Students Receive Donation of School, Safety Supplies from Local Church

ST. CROIX, USVI –The St. Croix District received a donation of 250 backpacks filled with school and safety supplies, courtesy of St. Croix Christian Church, as part of the church’s efforts to continue its service to children.

District Director of Curriculum & Instruction Pedro Parrilla accepted the donation on behalf of the district from Pastor David Claeys at a brief ceremony held at the Curriculum Center on Oct. 29. Ten of the district’s schools will receive 25 backpacks each, with the purpose of providing the supplies to students in need.

“We were just trying to be a blessing,” Claeys said of his church’s decision to make the donation. He explained that in light of the church’s Jericho Road Project afterschool program not operating this school year, the congregation wanted to help students in some way. Soon after the decision was made to donate the backpacks, Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty called and offered its support.

“They called and wanted to partner with us to provide the backpacks,” Claeys said. “We just wanted to be a blessing to the community, and hopefully this helps.”

Each bag contains three folders, loose-leaf paper, a glue stick, a ruler, crayons, pencils, a pencil sharpener, earplugs, a mask, and hand sanitizer.

Parrilla thanked Claeys for the charitable gift.

“On behalf of the Office of the Insular Superintendent and the District Office of Curriculum and Instruction, we want to thank you for this gracious donation,” he said. “The church has always been seen as one pillar of the community and the school as the other. So, to have that partnership is very important. Thank you on behalf of the children of the Virgin Islands.”

St. Croix Christian Church plans to continue supporting the district’s schools through additional donations when the need arises.

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STX District Receives Donation of 250 Backpacks from Local Church





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Meal Distribution Postponed at Ed. Complex High School and Eulalie Rivera K-8 School

Meal Distribution Postponed at Ed. Complex High School and Eulalie Rivera K-8 School
November 3, 2021

The V.I. Department of Education's "No V.I. Child Goes Hungry Feeding Initiative" will postpone public distribution of meals at the St. Croix Educational Complex High School and the Eulalie R. Rivera K-8 School until further notice.

Students attending in-person classes at Eulalie Rivera are not affected and will be fed breakfast and lunch at the scheduled times.

Affected families may pick up meals from any of the other open sites:

  • Juanita Gardine K-8 School 
  • Lew Muckle Elementary School
  • Alfredo Andrews Elementary School 
  • John H. Woodson Jr. High School 
  • St. Croix Central High School
  • Arthur A. Richards K-8 Modular Campus 
  • Claude O. Markoe Elementary School 

The Department will provide an update on when the two sites would resume meal distribution, and thanks to parents and students for their patience.

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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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