Thursday, Aug. 12, is the first day of school for Guam Department of Education students and except for a few hiccups, GDOE students are finally back to in-person learning at all of the island’s public schools.
There were some traffic jams in some schools, including JFK High School, as some light rain drenched parts of the island.
“We have some challenges, as I think we would, every school year, but especially now, where we’re all coming back from 18 months of not having to deal with these types of issues,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.
“The rain was coming down and somewhat slowed down some operations. But other than that, you know, I was, I was happy to be at the schools and welcome the kids back. It’s really good to have them back in school and to see them there. It’s our task and our responsibility to do what we can to keep thinking, and keeping you safe in the community, so they can continue to have this opportunity to be at school. So we welcome them back,” he added.
Fernandez said all the school children he saw had masks on as required by Public Health. Most of them, but not all of them, were in uniform.
“We will work with them to see what we could do to help them. But for the most part, you know, everything went smoothly as I could have expected on day one, at least for JFK. We’ll go and see how other schools are doing. But yeah, it’s a great day, we worked so hard to get to this point. And we’re so sad that we had to go through this situation over the past 18 months, but now it’s, you know, having the back, I hope we can keep this up. It’s a big breakthrough,” Fernandez said.
He added that so far, all of the school buses were running and there were no challenges at any of the temperature taking in the schools.