Fernandez on distance learning: ‘We’re all in this for the first time’

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GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that although there were last-minute changes, he wants to reassure parents that the schools are doing everything they can and encourages parents to continue working with them and making home a productive school environment.

Monday was the first day of the new school year for Guam’s public schools. With PCOR1 being in effect, it means students must strictly have to do home learning.

Schools had to immediately revamp their academic plans to cater to the home learning program.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that although there were last-minute changes, he wants to reassure parents that the schools are doing everything they can and encourages parents to continue working with them and making home a productive school environment.

“If you are online, those schedules will be put out for you and your kids need to be online at those scheduled times and when the hard copies get distributed, there is going to be time frames for you to pick up your work and then to return the work to school,” Fernandez said in an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo.

He added: “So really for the parents, again, we’re all in this for the first time, this massive shift to home learning and we really appreciate the cooperation, really it’s going to be about routine, setting the expectation for the kids that there is going to be time to do school work, and really creating that environment where, for us right here (his home), there is no yelling, no speaking out loud when I’m online or in class so just making the adjustments to allow the kids to focus and communicate with their teachers.”

GDOE is advising parents of students who are having issues with the online home learning program — to contact the schools directly. There is also the central office hotline for assistance, the number is 300-1536 or info@gdoe.net if e-mail is preferred.

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