JIC #214: Astumbo Elementary closed after worker tests positive for COVID-19

Astumbo Elementary School (PNC file photo)
JIC #214

Astumbo Elementary School (AES) will be closed until further notice beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, after one Grab-N-Go School Meal Program worker tested positive for COVID-19. The Grab-N-Go School Meal Program at AES will also be suspended until further notice.

On Saturday, July 4, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) learned that a Grab-N-Go School Meal Program worker at AES tested positive for COVID-19. The worker had been tested as part of contact tracing.

Immediately after learning of the worker’s health status, Superintendent Jon Fernandez closed AES to allow for deep cleaning of the campus over the next several days. Testing will be coordinated by the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS).

Daily precautions are taken at GDOE school sites to safeguard the health and safety of employees, volunteers, and families. Not only are schools cleaned and sanitized daily, but all workers and volunteers are required to wear a mask while on campus. Additionally, those handling food items are also required to use both masks and gloves. Further, the cafeterias follow all safety and sanitary procedures and practices. Unauthorized personnel are not allowed in the cafeteria food preparation area.

Grab-N-Go School Meal Program distribution will continue at the remaining 11 sites this week and GDOE will continue to ensure that safety measures are followed at all sites. Participants are reminded to wear a mask when picking up meals, to stay in their vehicles, and follow directions. Anyone feeling ill or with COVID-19 symptoms should not pick up meals from a Grab-N-Go distribution site. School meals are distributed from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:


F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School

Maria Ulloa Elementary School

Wettengel Elementary School


Agana Heights Elementary School

B.P. Carbullido Elementary School

George Washington High School

John F. Kennedy High School

Jose Rios Middle School


Inarajan Elementary School

M.U. Lujan Elementary School

Southern High School

Meanwhile, Astumbo Elementary parents can pick up summer school Grab & Go learning packets at Finegayan Elementary School on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays from 11 am to 2 pm until further notice.

For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.