The Guam Department of Education hopes to decide by the end of the month how to welcome students back to school while ensuring that they maintain a safe social distance.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that plans for the next school year are not yet finalized, but that the agency is looking at staggered attendance which will involve dividing students into different groups that will attend classes on certain days.
“We hope that by the end of June, we’ll have enough input and deliberations to have them approved. And over the course of the remainder of the summer, allowing our households and families to adjust. To allow them to understand the changes that are in place,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez says that the agency is almost done finalizing their plans for summer school and is working to acquire cleaning supplies and authorization from Public Health.
The agency was looking at mid-June to start classes, but Fernandez says that an announcement for their plans will be released within the next few days.
“We normally have around 100 to 150 high school students who have one credit or are half a credit away from graduating. So we certainly don’t want them to miss out on that opportunity. Again, we have challenges getting adequate supplies and materials … face masks and so forth. But we are working very hard to get over that obstacle,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez encourages parents to stay informed about summer classes and the next school year by participating in their meeting with the Guam Education Board this Friday, June 12, at 11 a.m. on Facebook.