GDOE briefs its plans to use $41.5 million in federal funding

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

Guam Department of Education officials met with members of the island’s parent-teacher organizations to discuss what the agency will do with the $41.5 million in federal funding to provide relief and support for educational activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rachel Duenas, Senior State Program Officer, said: “With these funds, there are three priorities the district is looking at. The first priority would definitely be the distance learning, the second would be socio-emotional and mental health support, and finally, personal protective equipment and supplies and services.”

Mika Labadnoy, IBOGS Representative also participated in the online meeting.

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The PTO members were advised that they can provide input about how GDOE will use the funds by the end of this Friday, May 22.

Around $54 million from the CARES ACT will be given to Guam to provide relief and support for educational activities in the midst of the pandemic.

Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez told K57’s Patti Arroyo earlier this month that the department, as the state education agency, will receive around $41 million to support distance learning and other issues.

The remaining $12 million from Guam’s allocation will go to the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to address continued learning for students in all schools, including post-secondary institutions.