GDOE assures health and safety protocols will be in place for in-person learning

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GDOE Chief Nurse Julieta Quinene briefed stakeholders on the COVID-19 protocols that will be implemented not just during school hours but even before students and staff set foot on campuses. (PNC photo)

The Guam Department of Education assures that there are health and safety COVID-19 protocols in place for students and staff once they come back on campus for face to face instruction.

In a meeting with the Guam Education Board on Friday, GDOE Chief Nurse Julieta Quinene briefed stakeholders on the COVID-19 protocols that will be implemented not just during school hours but even before students and staff set foot on campuses.

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“We will also be implementing pre-screening. That means that it’s everyone’s responsibility as adults and we will encourage our parents to please screen your kids before you head to school for the day and we’ll do temperature checks at the school,” Quinene said.

Quinene also says that school nurses are trained and will initiate contact tracing should they are notified of a COVID-positive case.

“In the event, we get a notification that someone tested positive, then we will definitely zoom in to where the student has been. Whether it’s a student or a teacher. We will look at class roster, we will look at employees signed in, classes that person teach and where the person moves to determine if there are any 15 minutes cumulative contact. What is of the utmost important is that can we establish this contact. Once we have that information — clear-cut information, efficient communication with the parents, identified contacts — they are not allowed in school,” Quinene said.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that other than nurses, GDOE has social workers, attendance officers, and a number of staff trained to help with the contact tracing and enforcing of Covid-19 protocols.

He also says that GDOE is building a contact tracking team so once a positive case has been identified, they can act promptly without having to wait for Public Health.

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