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New ESHS building completion delayed over material setbacks- Hon de Castro

New ESHS building completion delayed over material setbacks- Hon de Castro

When the new 2022-2023 school terms beings, the New Elmore Stout High School buildings will not be opening as previously planned as a result of delays in the arrival of materials for building construction.

Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) has announced that the scheduled completion time of the school has been delayed over the unforeseeable setbacks.

Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports, Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) has announced that the scheduled completion time of the school has been delayed over the unforeseeable setbacks.


Delays over arrival of doors & windows


“More specifically, delays surrounding the arrival time of windows and doors along with other fixtures has led the Ministry to implement a hybrid system for students for the next few weeks,” she detailed.

The Minister said just last week, the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) received some of the windows and doors, and next week they hope to receive the balance.

She said authorities are hopeful that the building will be completed by October 2022, and in the meanwhile, plans will be in place to facilitate learning.

Hon de Castro detailed that Students of Grades 7, 10, 11 and 12 will attend face-to-face sessions every day from Monday to Friday and that Students of Grades 8 and 9 will attend school in a hybrid fashion.

Hybrid learning adopted


On alternate weeks, students from Grade 8 and 9 will attend face-to-face sessions using the following pattern: Week 1: Grade 8: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; Grade 9: Thursday, Friday; and Week 2: Grade 9: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; Grade 8: Thursday, Friday

She added that Students and parents will be provided with a calendar to indicate the days on which they should attend face-to-face sessions.

“ Students in Junior grade levels will attend in the morning session and senior students will attend the afternoon sessions. The bell schedule for each session will be shared during orientation.”

Hon de Castro added that sure that the ministry remains committed to ensuring teachers and students are taken care of as their health and safety remains a first priority.

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