Education board votes to push back start of classes

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

With classes just around the corner, the Guam Education Board voted Tuesday night to push back the start of classes.

The Guam Department of Education pushed for the new schedule, saying teachers and staff need extra time to prepare for the upcoming school year by going through training regarding distance learning and safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first day of classes was tentatively scheduled for August 11th. But with the decision to push back the opening of classes, this has been pushed back to August 17th.

Students will participate in one of three education models this school year: on-campus learning one or two days a week, learning from home through online courses, or learning from home using hardcopy materials.

During an informational briefing Monday, GDOE Deputy Superintendent Joseph Sanchez says that the training will help ensure that the curriculum will be consistent throughout all the models.

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“We’re working very hard to make sure that three of the models have aligned content. The priority standards, the skills being taught are going to be the same for all three models whether they’re going to be technology or hardcopy based,” Sanchez said.

Out of 18,000 surveys, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that 65% of parents and guardians have stated they want their children to learn from home.