Dear Students & Parents:
Although the SJSM campus is currently operational between 9 am to 4 pm, the issues that still remain are power, running water, and debris clean-up in certain areas of the island. Information coming out of the island suggests that Anguilla is working towards restoring normalcy. Our primary concern is the safety of the students on Anguilla, so please review the following information about the state of the campus and evacuation efforts:
- The SJSM campus received a generator over the weekend and the campus is now operational.
- There are showers installed on the campus so feel free to use them as needed.
- We have limited refreshments and food at the campus that are currently available.
- The clean-up efforts are nearly complete at the campus; however some AC units were damaged during the storm and will need to be repaired.
- Charter flights are now operating to neighbouring islands. There is also news per Radio Anguilla that there will be evacuations from Anguilla to San Juan soon.
- We are working closely with several private charter companies to arrange evacuations of US & Canadian students. The issue that we have encountered is larger aircrafts are unwilling to land on the Anguilla runway without communications. We have identified a few charter companies that may be able to assist us and the coordination process is underway.
- We have also communicated with the US & Canadian governments to assist us in the evacuation efforts. For those students and families who have requested, we have submitted the names of students to each respective government. The US government has arranged an evacuation at the Tortola airport; however they have not established an evacuation route from Anguilla to Tortola. Information is periodically updated at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/news/HurricaneIrma.html. The Canadian government is aware of the status of our students and has informed us that they will prepare evacuation plans.
- In consideration of the extended timeline it will take to restore essential services, and keeping in mind the safety and comfort of our students and faculty, we have concluded that the best course of action is to suspend classes at SJSM-Anguilla until January 2018.
We sympathize with the unforeseen ordeal our students suffered this semester and for that reason we are offering all Anguilla campus Basic Science students the following options & incentives:
- Students can move to the SJSM campus on St. Vincent & the Grenadines for the Fall semester
- You can resume your current semester on Monday September 25, 2017 in St. Vincent.
- A one-time $3,000 tuition credit will be applied to your student account (further details will be provided on the student portal).
- We will offer extra classes outside of regular school hours to ensure you complete the curriculum on time.
- All flights to and from St. Vincent are in full operation and many routes from US and Canada are currently available. If you need information about booking your flights, please contact us.
- We will assist you in locating housing for a smooth transition.
- You have the option to return to Anguilla in the Spring semester.
- For SJSM-Anguilla students who start in St. Vincent for Fall, but return to Anguilla in January 2018, we will provide them with an additional one-time tuition credit of $3,000.
- An information webinar will be held on September 18th at 12:00 pm CST.
- Seats will be limited, so please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
- Apply for a Leave of Absence for the current semester and resume classes at the Anguilla campus in January 2018
- Apply for a Leave of Absence by downloading the form at https://www.sjsm.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Leave-of-Absence-Request-Form.pdf.
- Your September 2017 tuition will be applied towards the January 2018 semester.
- A one-time tuition credit of $1,000 will be applied to your student account. The credit will be applied towards future charges.
- We anticipate the rebuilding process to be efficient and a full recovery in the near future.
Students who would like to help relief efforts, you are welcome to donate to our Go Fund Me for the Anguilla Red Cross https://www.gofundme.com/sjsms-anguilla-relief-fundraiser.
Remembering Dr. Jay K. Pandit, Dean Emeritus of Saint James School of Medicine
Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts on Anguilla