GDOE eyes wifi hotspots for public school students

The exterior of the Guam Department of Education in Tiyan Barrigada in Tiyan, Barrigada. PNC file photo

More online accessibility is on the way for students enrolled in public schools with the Guam Department of Education planning to set up community hotspots all over the island

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez, in an interview with PNC, says that GDOE wants to improve accessibility to students who are attending classes online.

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“So one part of that equation is looking at building an islandwide network of community hotspots. In one of our parent meetings, it was mentioned there would be 23 schools that would have expanded wifi access around or/and in the campus so that we can provide access to students to come on campus for the purpose of downloading and uploading, you know, materials and sending out communication and so forth,” Fernandez said.

He added: “So we’re looking into talking to the mayors and identifying facilities whether it be public libraries or even GHURA. You know, with GHURA, we’re looking at, their housing areas for potential opportunities to build that hotspot.”

In addition, GDOE is also working on getting laptops for online learning.

With the distribution of the laptops, according to GDOE spokesperson Isa Baza, “Our target is to begin the process of distribution in the next couple of weeks and we should be able to announce more information by next week.”