GDOE assures parents school facilities are ready for face-to-face instruction

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education has assured the education board and parents that they are addressing all the issues related to school facilities for face-to-face learning.

In a Guam Education Board work session earlier Thursday, GEB chairperson Maria Gutierrez brought up concerns from parents expecting GDOE to be ready to open for face-to-face instruction, even making suggestions that GDOE should go to each school with a checklist and see if they meet their requirements for readiness.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez reassured Gutierrez and the rest of the board that they are addressing all the issues, especially concerns with school facilities.

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“Because we’re opening in the middle of the year, you know, all of the things have already been addressed. The planners, the schedules and items like that are mostly handled. It’s really the getting the understanding of where we are with HR and then with maintenance,” Fernandez said.

He added: “There are air conditioning concerns at some of the schools so we’re trying to address as many of those as possible and we will provide an update of that to the board.”

Another issue that GDOE is getting a handle on is the budget that they currently have. Despite the budgetary shortfall, GDOE has already placed requests for additional funding for air conditioning replacements.

GDOE will be presenting more updates with school readiness and face-to-face instruction at their next virtual GEB meeting.