3 schools to divide face-to-face classes into 3 groups

The exterior of the Guam Department of Education in Tiyan Barrigada in Tiyan, Barrigada. PNC file photo

After the Guam Department of Education announced its plans to offer face-to-face instruction this month, three schools have announced it will divide classes into three groups.

Vicente Benavente Middle, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle, and Simon Sanchez High are the three schools that will have the three groups in reopening their campuses.

Although the reason for Benavente Middle School and F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School is because they’re known to have the biggest population of students, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says Simon Sanchez’s reason is due to the conditions of the school’s structure.

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“Now with the high schools, the numbers of students were very low, all the schools should’ve been able to do 2 cohorts but Simon Sanchez students, there was a concern with faculty and staff utilizing the main building at Simon Sanchez. It’s an old building, it’s had ventilation challenges over many number of years. So in an effort to try to address that, we wanted to utilize as much as possible just the outside classrooms and the quad and the fast track classrooms,” Fernandez said.

With the low numbers, this will enable GDOE to reinforce their safety practices and procedures.

As time progresses, Fernandez hopes more students will be interested in coming to school.

By then, GDOE will be able to accommodate the incoming students and be able to do so with even more community safety and health measures in place.