Guam – The Guam Department of Education has decided to extend double sessions at George Washington High School because the on going renovation of 17 classrooms at the school will not be completed by Friday as originally planned.
According to a release Sunday from Guam DOE, construction of the STEM classrooms is continuing and the double sessions “will be extended in order to ensure optimum safety and quality for its students.”
The statement from Guam DOE does not give an estimate of when the project will be completed nor does it indicate when the the double sessions will end.
Instead, the statement concludes by saying : “DOE officials plan a walk-through of the STEM classrooms this week and will issue another update to the public.”
Since the start of the school year in August, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors have been starting classes at 7 am. Freshman have begun classes at noon.
READ the statement from Guam DOE in FULL below:
The Department of Education announces that double session at George Washington High School will be extended in order to ensure optimum safety and quality for its students.
Construction is continuing on 17 state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classrooms at GWHS. In order to ensure sufficient space for students, GWHS last August decided to hold a double session through early October with incoming freshmen attending classes in the afternoon.
Phase I of the project has been completed and overall construction at the Mangilao campus is progressing well. Officials were targeting October 5 for the end of the double session at GWHS.
After reviewing the status of the project recently, DOE officials decided to extend double session in order to ensure full and quality completion of the project and give ample time for the process involving safety and occupancy permits.
“We thank the students, parents, staff and faculty of GWHS for their patience as we make improvements to their campus,” said Superintendent of Education Jon Fernandez.
“I want to ensure them that work is progressing very well and that in the near future, the learning environment at GW will return to its normal schedule and that in fact, it will be greatly enhanced by the improvements in classroom technology.”
DOE officials plan a walk-through of the STEM classrooms this week and will issue another update to the public.