Fernandez outlines GDOE’s use of Cares Act funding

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez (PNC file photo)

As of Sept. 30, Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez reported that 65.5% of the $41.5 million they received through the CARES Act Education Fund has been used to provide direct support for distance learning technology tools as well as the purchase of health and safety supplies and personal protective equipment.

In a virtual informational hearing conducted by Sen. Amanda Shelton, Fernandez said the support for distance learning includes the procurement of laptops, tablets, internet tools and resources, instructional supplies for teachers and students, hard copy instructional booklets for students and online subscriptions, and personal protective equipment procurement for students, teachers, and staff.

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In addition, there were procurements for thermal scanners, hand sanitizers, disposable and reusable masks, disposable gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant supplies, alcohol wipes, and sprays, plexiglass protective shield and plexiglass doors, and medical-grade supplies needed for nurses and isolation rooms.

The remaining $14.3 million represents the balance of funds for additional distance learning support and services for community learning center’s student instructional materials such as online subscriptions, laptops, and tablets as well as PPE supplies and services to get through the rest of the school year.