GDOE is still trying to figure out the school housing situation, but now, they also have to find out how they’re going to accommodate high school graduations during Fest Pac.
Guam – While the Festival of the Pacific Arts housing situation remains in limbo, the Guam Department of Education is faced with another challenge of hosting graduation activities while their campuses are supposed to be closed to the public.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says, “The discussion yesterday was about accommodating graduation practices because the recent decision was made to ensure as much as possible that the housing are close campuses. No one would have access to those sites besides the housed delegates and the staff.”
Out of the eight schools set to house the incoming FestPac delegates, four are high schools which are now faced with the graduation dilemma. The schools are Tiyan, Okkodo, Southern and JFK. Fernandez says they met with the Guam Education Board and Fest Pac officials to iron out plans for housing accommodations and graduation activities for the four schools.
“The discussion yesterday was to figure out alternatives or ways to provide access to students who will be graduating even just to the gym, so we can accommodate graduating practices prior to the ceremony. At Tiyan and Southern, making accommodations for the graduation day,” he says.