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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.

 

Viya Is Proud of the Mi-Fi Partnership With the V.I. Department of Education

Viya Continues Partnership With The VI Department Of Education For Virtual Learning

St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, USVI – October 21, 2021
Viya, the leading telecommunications provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands, continues to provide contractual service to all Virgin Islands Department of Education Mi-Fi (personal mobile hotspots) accounts.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Virgin Islands Department of Education contracted with Viya for Mi-Fi devices. These devices were required, as per contract, to provide 75Gbps of bandwidth for students to attend school remotely and complete educational activities.
Viya has had no issues with the Department of Education related to payment and no account was disconnected. Further, it is against Viya’s business practices and policies for employees to discuss billing matters with individuals who are not authorized on the account. There are isolated cases of Mi-Fis losing the settings for various reasons and, as such, Viya is committed to resolving these issues, if and when they occur, as with any other service that is provided.

Parents and students who are experiencing technical difficulties, especially if a red light is persistently displayed on the device, can have this resolved by visiting the Customer Experience Centers at Estate Diamond in St. Croix, Tutu Park in St. Thomas and The Marketplace in St. John.
“Viya has a long history of supporting educational initiatives and we are pleased to assist the VI Department of Education in their efforts to keep students connected to online learning platforms using our high speed 4G LTE network with the Mi-Fi service,” Chief Executive Officer Geraldine Pitt stated.
“The Department of Education is pleased to partner with Viya to provide internet access to families in need,” Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin said. “We want to remind students and parents that these devices are to be used for students to complete schoolwork. Usage outside of this may result in monthly overages, which can affect internet connection speed. We thank Viya for its ongoing support and partnership.”
“We are very proud of the work that the VI Department of Education and Viya’s team provides to ensure that our students have the necessary technology during a very challenging time in our history. We have and will continue to work diligently to keep the Virgin Islands connected”, concluded Pitt.

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About Viya: Viya is the largest telecommunications provider located in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), providing a full suite of telecommunications and entertainment services. Viya’s family of services, for both the
business and residential markets include wireline and wireless voice service, fixed and mobile broadband and cable television service offered over a hybrid fiber-coaxial wireline network and a state-of-the-art 4G LTE wireless network serving St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.

Viya Continues Partnership With The VI Department Of Education For Virtual Learning

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NOTICE | Classes Cancelled for STTJ District PreK – 3rd Grade Students on Oct. 22

Classes Cancelled for STTJ District PreK – 3rd Grade Students on Oct. 22

    
ST. THOMAS, USVI – Classes for St. Thomas-St. John District students in PreK-3rd grade have been cancelled on Fri., Oct. 22 to accommodate a planned in-service day for teachers. Students in 4th-12th grades are not affected and will attend classes as normal. PreK-3rd grade students will resume classes on Mon., Oct. 25. The Bryan-Roach Administration is investing in the Territory’s people, infrastructure, and future through transparency, stabilizing the economy, restoring trust in the government, and ensuring that recovery projects are completed as quickly as possible. Visit www.transparency.vi.gov.

Classes Cancelled for STTJ District PreK – 3rd Grade Students on Oct. 22

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St. Croix USDA Commodities Distribution Postponed Until Oct. 30 

October 15, 2021
St. Croix USDA Commodities Distribution Postponed Until Oct. 30 

 

ST. CROIX, USVI – The planned Oct. 16 distribution of USDA commodities on St. Croix has been postponed to Sat., Oct. 30 at 7 a.m. at the St. Croix Educational Complex High School.

Items will be given away, while supplies last.

To obtain commodities, proper identification must be presented. A self-certification form must be completed on-site, where participants are required to provide information about their gross income. Anyone unable to provide satisfactory information to the distribution site staff will not receive a commodity package. Participants should bring sturdy boxes or bags to assist with the transport of the food packages. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) uses income, not age to determine program eligibility. The distribution is for all needy persons meeting the criteria shown below. Distribution packages will be limited to one per household.

Individuals or heads of households eligible to receive the commodities must be identified as needy 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, 2021 thru         June 30, 2022 (see income eligibility guideline table below).
2. A person or Head of household that is a client of any of the following income certified assistance programs:
    1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
    2. Medical Assistance Program
    3. Be a Tenant of a Subsidized Public Housing program

ANNUAL Not more than $ 23,107 MONTHLY Not more than $ 1,926 WEEKLY Not more than $445
Household size 2 $31,284 $ 2,607 $ 602
Household size 3 $ 39,461 $ 3,289 $ 759
Household size 4 $ 47,638 $ 3,970 $ 917
Household size 5 $ 55,815 $ 4,652 $ 1,074
Household size 6 $ 63,992 $ 5,333 $ 1,231
Household size 7 $ 72,169 $ 6,015 $ 1,388
Household size 8 $ 80,346 $ 6,696 $ 1,546
For each add’l family member, add 8,177 $ 682 $ 158

For more information, call Federal Commodities Officer Correy Lettsome at (340) 774-0100 Ext. 2818.

The Bryan-Roach Administration is investing in the Territory’s people, infrastructure, and future through transparency, stabilizing the economy, restoring trust in the government, and ensuring that recovery projects are completed as quickly as possible. Visit www.transparency.vi.gov.

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St. Croix USDA Commodities Distribution Postponed Until Oct. 30 

CIVIL RIGHTS NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877- 8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

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St. Thomas

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

Curriculum Center:
340-775-2250
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM

          

St. Croix

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

Curriculum Center:
340-778-1600
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM

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