Board of Education Adopts Retention and Promotion Policy Resolution

In response to the stay at home order due to COVID-19, which has resulted in the closing of public schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, the 19th Virgin Islands Board of Education (VIBE) recently adopted a resolution affecting promotion and retention for all enrolled students.

VIBE has pledged to work with the Department of Education to ensure that absences relating to COVID-19 do not negatively impact student achievement or the ability of any student with the potential for promotion despite not meeting the promotional requirements on March 17, 2020, to pass to the next grade level.

The resolution suspends the current retention and promotion policies to allow the Department of Education to continue instruction remotely provided the following conditions are met:

St. Croix Educational Complex students return to school
St. Croix Educational Complex students. (Credit: Taj McNamara)

a) The department shall, for the remainder of the school year, continue to provide substantial student learning opportunities on a remote basis to those students with internet access. It shall immediately design and implement a plan for providing such opportunities to students without computer access, including, but not limited to, engaging local media sources and providing by mail or personal delivery, instructional packets to such students

b) No child shall be retained who has not met the threshold requirement for promotion unless the child has been given an opportunity to meet the requirements by the end of the school year. The Department shall insure that teachers use their best efforts to provide opportunity through make-up work, projects, reports or extra assignments.

c) Students who would have been otherwise eligible for Summer School shall be given the opportunity to have substantial learning opportunities on a remote basis.

d) Each student shall be given the opportunity to improve their grades through remote instruction applied in a fair and consistent manner with all other students in the same grade level by the natural end of the school year.

The full resolution can be found on the Virgin Islands Board of Education’s website: