To the Saint James School of Medicine Community
4/20/2021: The La Soufriere Volcano located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues its steady volcanic activity. While the St. Vincent Government has deftly managed the situation to avoid a catastrophe, the air quality and general infrastructure may come under severe strain if the situation persists. At this juncture experts advise us that there is no sign of abatement of such volcanic activity. This raises concern for the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students who are on the island in the near term.
Keeping this in mind, we have decided to move our May semester entirely online. We are fully expecting to be back in the Fall semester of 2021 in person. More details on the Summer 2021 term will be forthcoming.
We have all the people of St. Vincent in our hearts and pray that the situation does not deteriorate. We are working with the local authorities to see how Saint James School of Medicine can be of service in these times of need.
Today, April 9th 2021, around 8:40AM local time, La Soufriere Volcano located in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has erupted. The Saint James School of Medicine (SJSM) Emergency Committee has been meeting over the past few days to monitor the situation and to advise the students, faculty and staff on campus.
The government has divided the entire country into color coded zones with varying impact. People living around the base of the volcano, which is categorized as the red danger zone, have been evacuated. However, the school, the staff, and the students are all within the green safety zone. At this time, everyone is safe and the program continues to run. The SJSM Administration, along with the Deans at the campus will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses. We are working closely with the Government of St. Vincent, as well as officials from the US/Canadian Governments, and following any protocols set in place.
At this point, the situation is well under control and there is no immediate cause for concern. Please watch this space for further developments.
If you have any questions please call us at 847 375 0543.