Department of Education Commissioner Sharon Ann McCollum (Jamie LeonaDepartment of Education Commissioner Sharon Ann McCollum announced that three public schools will open on St. Croix on beginning Monday, and those three will hold double sessions.
According to McCollum, who spoke at Wednesday’s Government House news con-fence updating progress in hurricane recovery, the three schools and their schedule are:
– St. Croix Central High School: Central students will attend class from from 7:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Students from Elena Christian Junior High School and John Woodson Junior High School will attend class at Central High School from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
– St. Croix Educational Complex High School and C-Tech: Complex students will attend from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Arthur Richards Junior High School students will attend at Complex High School from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
– Juanita Gardine Elementary School: Gardine students will attend from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Students from Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School will attend classes at Gardine Elementary School from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Alternative education, the Youth Rehabilitation Center and adult education also will resume Monday.
Breakfast will be served to all students who attend the morning sessions. Lunch will be scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to noon for morning session students and from noon to 12:30 p.m. for afternoon session students.
The bus company that services St. Croix’s public schools only has six operable buses. McCollum said the Department of Education will use VITran buses but that they need the public’s help for the current lack of transportation.
All students who have uniforms have to wear uniforms to school.
“A grace period will be given to those students who do not have uniforms,” McCollum said, but uniforms are not optional for those who have them.
Most of the St. Croix public schools buildings not mentioned above have been condemned due to asbestos and/or water damage, but some are still being assessed.