When the Virgin Islands emerges from complete lockdown and begins to reopen internally from next week, educational institutions across the Territory will remain shut, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has stated.
Teachers; however, will be allowed to attend school and engage students via online means.
Schools across the Territory have been closed for a month due to the threat posed by the global pandemic, COVID-19.
“During this initial internal opening, I wish to say here that Cabinet also decided that schools would remain closed to students, but teachers, in a limited capacity, can access schools and engage in online instruction,” Premier Fahie said in a live COVID-19 update on April 15, 2020.
He said Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), is expected to follow ‘soon’ with a “speech with more details in this area in regards to schools.”
Even before schools closed for the Easter break, students at public schools have been learning via google classroom.
Private schools have been utilising various digital means, including Google Classroom, Zoom, Youtube, Whatsapp and even direct calls to get their sessions with students done.
Dr Wheatley had said previously; however, that students who don't have access to technology remain a concern and that Government is working to address the issue.
Meanwhile, the 24/7 curfew will be lifted on April 20, 2020, and the Territory will be under a "soft curfew" from 7:00pm to 6:00am until further notice.
There is currently one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Territory.