Education board wants to move reopening of schools from Jan. 11 to Jan. 19

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education is planning to move the first day of school from Jan. 11 to Jan. 19.

In a meeting with the Education Board earlier today, there was much discussion and concerns regarding school reopening.

From training, maintenance, and ventilation issues at school campuses to COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff, the GEB says that Jan. 11 is still too soon for schools to re-open and they need more time for preparation.

The board proposed to move the first day of school to January 19.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez agrees with the board as he believes that by doing so, administrators and school staff will most likely appreciate the extra time for training and preparation.

Fernandez adds it would also give GDOE extra time to include student and parent orientations within the time frame for campus reopening so GDOE can also introduce parents to the new procedures.

The final GEB meeting regarding school re-opening will be on Dec. 22.