GDOE implements 14-day excused absence policy as a precaution against the coronavirus

GDOE headquarters in Tiyan. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education has decided to implement a 14-day excused absence policy for any student or staff member who has recently returned from mainland China.

The two-week excused absence policy will also apply to students or staff who are exhibiting symptoms of the disease after having contact with someone who has recently been in China.

Those symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath or fever, according to a  memo announcing the new policy issued Wednesday by Guam DOE.

The memo was sent to all staff, parents, and students yesterday in light of the growing concern about the spread of the disease.

The memo states that the excused absence policy is being instituted as a precautionary measure “to prevent the potential spread of the novel coronavirus within the school community.”

In recent days, health officials on island have repeatedly stressed that there are no confirmed or suspected cases of novel coronavirus on Guam.

According to the memo, all school nurses and school administrators took part in an informational briefing on the disease conducted by the Guam Department of Public Health.