Facilitating Decisions on Empirical Evidence
Why an Educational Facility
The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) supports all public schools on the islands, providing resources and leadership for more than 44 instructional and support locations, and nearly 10,000 students territory wide.
USVI Public Schools are currently offering some powerful educational experiences within their classrooms, but in many cases are challenged to provide the resources and support needed for future-ready learning. In September 2017, two Category 5 hurricanes caused catastrophic damage across the Territory. Now, in 2020, communities are still recovering.
In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the VIDE wants to reflect upon teaching and learning within its classrooms and modernize or build infrastructure to support a future-ready vision for public schools, as documented in the VIDE Mission Statement and Guiding Principles.
This Educational Facility Master Plan will inform the proposal of modernized and new construction in U.S. Virgin Islands Public Schools over the long-term to provide 21st century learning environments for VIDE students. The Master Plan will outline the tactical input required to appropriately implement the vision of the citizens of the Virgin Islands.
Given the funding that is possible for Virgin Islands educational facilities damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 to be brought up to Industry Standards that have been approved by FEMA, and the high cost of operating schools, now is the time to develop the Educational Facilities Master Plan to change the footprint of Education as we know it to provide flexible learning and community spaces that support 21st century learning for all students.”
VIDE District Leadership