In response to the ongoing inclement weather that continues to batter the British Virgin Islands, all public schools will remain closed today, Wednesday, May 8.

The decision, communicated by the Ministry of Education in a public announcement, aims to prioritize the safety and well-being of both students and staff members amid challenging weather conditions.

The Ministry of Education underscored the necessity of the closure, citing forecasts indicating a high likelihood of showers, with a seventy per cent chance of precipitation. The recent heavy downpours have already resulted in significant disruptions and potential hazards across the territory, prompting authorities to exercise heightened caution.

“This decision is crucial for ensuring the safety of our students and staff,” the ministry emphasized in their statement, highlighting the paramount importance of prioritizing the welfare of individuals within the education system. The closure serves as a preventive measure to mitigate risks associated with adverse weather conditions.

In lieu of in-person classes, the Ministry of Education assured the public that teachers will facilitate lessons and issue assignments via online platforms. This proactive approach ensures that the continuity of education remains uninterrupted despite the closure of physical school campuses.

The H.Lavity Stoutt Community College also announced the closure of its campuses on Tortola and Virgin Gorda with staff and students urged to remain at home, while the essential staff report to the campus.

As weather conditions are monitored closely, updates regarding the reopening of schools will be communicated to the public in due course.