GDOE encouraging more students to switch to face-to-face instruction this 4th quarter

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Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

For the fourth quarter of School Year 2020-2021, which begins March 12th, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) is offering parents the opportunity to change their child’s current Model of Learning (MOL) to face-to-face instruction.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GDOE has offered three Models of Learning for SY 2020–2021, which include online, hard copy, and face-to-face instruction.

These three MOLs have provided flexible options for families in order to accommodate the needs of their children. However, as the public health situation has improved for the island as a whole, GDOE is encouraging parents and students to consider a return to face-to-face instruction.

“We believe that face-to-face instruction is the best and most effective Model of Learning available,” said Superintendent Jon Fernandez. “We need students back in the classroom to be able to interact with teachers and with each other as part of the learning process. The online and hard copy options do not quite replace the academic and socioemotional benefits that come from having kids back in school. Over the past quarter, we have demonstrated that GDOE can safely handle the return of our students to the classroom, and we encourage more families to consider this option for fourth quarter.”

To enroll in face-to-face instruction, parents should contact their respective schools to register. Hard copy registration forms are available at the school sites and an online fillable PDF form may be downloaded at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/42xrx7ra. The online form may be emailed or physically submitted to your child’s respective school.

Enrollment will be dependent on each school’s overall capacity, and available slots will be filled on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Students enrolled in face-to-face instruction will then be assigned to a cohort and informed as to which days of the week to report to campus.

Bus services will be available through the Department of Public Works for students reporting to school, and school breakfasts and lunches will be served in the cafeteria.

Face-to-face students will still be able to participate in the Friday school meals distributions. Schools will continue to follow the CDC’s COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines and protocols for social distancing.

The deadline for enrolling students into face-to-face instruction for the fourth quarter is Thursday, March 11, 2021.

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