All 41 GDOE schools to open on Friday – 11 schools to have a half day schedule

GDOE would like to remind stakeholders of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday schedule. Thursday, November 28, 2019 is the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no classes and the GDOE headquarters in Tiyan will be closed.

(GDOE) – The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) would like to inform the community that classes will resume at all 41 GDOE schools on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Eleven schools will be released early on Friday as part of the regular GDOE early release schedule.

Parent Teacher Conferences that were cancelled on October 24, 2018 and October 25, 2018 will also be rescheduled to a later date.

Additionally, budget stakeholder meetings that were canceled on October 24, 2018 at Harry S. Truman Elementary School, and October 25, 2018 at Inarajan Elementary School and Talofofo Elementary School will be rescheduled.

The following 11 schools will be released early on Friday in preparation for accreditation visits:

School Start Time Dismissal                                Dates



– Friday, October 26, 2018


– Friday, November 30, 2018


– Friday, December 14, 2018


– Friday, January 18, 2019

Adacao ES 8:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
Astumbo ES 8:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
C.L. Taitano ES 8:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
Capt. H.B. Price ES 8:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
J.Q. San Miguel ES 8:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
Liguan ES 8:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
Talofofo ES 8:30 a.m. 11:40 a.m.
Astumbo MS 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Vicente Benavente MS 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
J.P. Torres Success Academy 6:45 a.m. 10:15 a.m.
Southern HS 6:45 a.m. 10:15 a.m.

Tamuning Elementary School will also move to a half-day schedule beginning Monday, October 29, 2018.

The schedule change will help to address air-conditioning issues plaguing a majority of classrooms at the Tamuning campus. GDOE is working to install additional split units after the loss of two compressors supporting the Tamuning Elementary School chiller unit. This proposed fix may require additional electrical work in certain classrooms. Shifting to a half-day schedule will limit student exposure to heat during the school day until the air-conditioning issues are resolved.

The half-day schedule is effective on Monday. Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12 p.m. Lunch will also be provided.

Busing services will be provided to schools during all early release schedules.

“I want to thank our GDOE staff for preparing our schools and manning shelters throughout Super Typhoon Yutu, and I also want to thank all of our partner agencies that have worked throughout the night to support our schools and ensure the safety of our community,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said. “Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Saipan and Tinian who were devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu, and we will continue to pray for a quick recovery for all those affected throughout the Mariana Islands.”

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