It is back to school time for Guam’s private Catholic schools. With Covid-19 still active, schools must take the proper precautions needed to ensure the safety and well-being of their students and staff.
With the new Covid-19 precautions and the emphasis on social distancing, some may find it difficult to adjust to these new rules of social interaction.
But the students and staff at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam will follow the new protocols and will not be discouraged by the limitations of the social aspects of their school year.
Sister Mary Angela Perez, president of the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, said: “In addition to the academics that we’re known for, we need to also work on themselves in terms of their growth, their social, spiritual, emotional well-being and I think the focus on the joys of friendship especially with isolation, social distancing, missing half of the student body — because we can only take half at a time — so we can find ways to enjoy and know the joys of friendship without being very physically present.”
Alyssa Cruz, a senior at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, said: “It’s pretty difficult not being around, like not being able to be around my friends in the same way because this is our last year here and for some of us, it’s going to be our last year together for a while but we started distance learning towards the end of last year and I think we were able to adjust pretty well.”
Celia Cesa, another senior at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam said, “I feel like we’ll adjust, especially since we’re a generation that relies a lot on technology. I think that our ability to use that as a platform will make the transition a bit more easier.”
Eight out of the 11 Catholic schools opened their doors today. All schools have sanitized their sites thoroughly to assure parents, students, and family members that they have taken the proper protocols to protect against Covid-19.