DoDEA schools to reopen Oct. 26 for in-person instruction


Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) has announced that its schools on Guam will be reopening on Monday, Oct. 26, for in-person instruction.

This follows the announcement last week by Joint Region Marianas that it is lowering the military’s health protection condition level.

According to DoDEA’s Facebook page, there will be an at-home pre-screening requirement for students and employees when in-person instruction begins to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into the school environment.

To aid in prevention, DoDEA will require parents to perform a short check each morning within two hours of arrival to school. Students without a copy of this signed form on file will be prohibited from attending school in-person.

In addition, students will be required to wear a face-covering that covers the bridge of the nose and under the chin.

DoDEA has adopted mitigation strategies in place for the health and safety of all students and employees. Each teacher has sanitation stations in their rooms and will ensure classroom surfaces and other objects are disinfected throughout the school day.

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all water fountains will be used as filling stations only, and throughout the school, hand sanitizers are available in high traffic areas.

DoDEA has also installed protective barriers in high traffic areas where social distancing, furniture configuration, and other administrative controls are not sufficient strategies to maintain the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.