As GDOE schools reopen for classroom learning, 260 students still prefer online mode

There are still a number of GDOE students and parents who prefer online education.

As the first day of the Guam Department of Education’s face-to-face return to the classroom starts today, there are still some students and parents who prefer the online mode of learning.

According to GDOE deputy superintendent Erika Cruz there are about 260 elementary, middle, and high school students who have requested to continue online learning.

Cruz said they are looking and researching other school districts to find out what these districts are doing to help those who want to remain in the online mode of learning.

“You know, at this point, we don’t have enough teachers to teach online learning. Obviously, the face-to-face teachers are exclusively face-to-face teachers. In fact, to maximize the number of online teachers, we have adopted the ‘regional’ concept. For example, if you’re a student at John F. Kennedy High School, you could actually have an algebra one teacher over at Simon Sanchez High School. So we’re trying to maximize the number of our teachers who are able to teach online learning,” Cruz said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

Cruz pointed out that the online model is not simple and it’s not a very easy model of learning to teach.

“It takes a special type of teacher to be able to teach the online mode. Just the technical technology component of teaching online is difficult. And so, we can’t just assign a teacher and say okay you’re doing online teaching. Some are just not technologically capable of teaching online,” Cruz said.

She added that they are trying to accommodate as many valid requests for online learning as possible, especially those that have medical issues who are medically compromised, like students who have asthma.

“We are hoping that when students come back from Christmas break, we will be able to provide a platform for our students who are requesting for accommodation for the online model of learning,” Cruz said.