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Schools ordered closed today

The Ministry of Education has ordered that all public schools be closed today November 6 because of inclement weather.

The ministry made the announcement just before midday today, which was scheduled to be the official start to the 2017/2018 school year for all public primary, and junior high school students.

School is expected to resume tomorrow if the weather improves.

Students have been at the mercy of bad weather since August 7 when the territory was first rocked by a major tropical wave which gutted a number of educational facilities and delayed the school year.

The school year was delayed further after Hurricane Irma caused greater devastation on September 6. That category 5 hurricane was followed by another not long after; pushing back the reopening of schools even further.

The Ministry of Education responded relatively quickly by getting senior high school students back in classrooms on October 5. It did so by creating a de facto school at the old CTL building for Elmore Stout High students .

The ministry then successfully lobbied for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to grant an extension to local students for submission of their School-Based Assessments (SBAs).

SBAs are school projects that are part of CXC’s examination requirements, and they contribute to students’ final CXC test scores.

The Department of Disaster Management, in the meantime, reported this morning that a low-level trough was expected to generate ‘unsettled weather’ across the entire BVI.


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