GDOE issues back-to-school guidance for parents

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

All Guam Department of Education (GDOE) classes for school year (SY) 2020-2021 will begin on Monday, August 17, 2020. However, instead of using three different instructional models, the school year will begin using 100% distance learning. Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Guam, all face-to-face classes will be canceled for the next two weeks.

All GDOE students will begin the school year in one of the two home learning instructional models: (1) Home Learning Online Instruction; (2) Home Learning Hard Copy Curriculum.

Parents/guardians of students enrolled in the traditional face-to-face instructional model should contact their child’s school to select which one of the two home learning models their child will participate in.

“While we have delayed face-to-face classes due to the health situation in Guam, we are committed to our mission of teaching and learning and will do everything we can to ensure our kids continue to receive the education they deserve,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said.

Parents/guardians are asked to contact their child’s school for information on their child’s class schedule, teacher contact information, hard copy distribution schedule, and to ensure their child has access to their student email account.

Additionally, parents/guardians of children turning five years old by July 31, 2020 are reminded that they should register their children for kindergarten as soon as possible if they have not done so already.

In preparation for the opening of SY 2020-2021, the GDOE Federal Programs Division – State Educational Agency is also pleased to announce that instructional and administrative supplies and materials are being procured to support teaching and learning and will be distributed to the following schools:

All Guam Department of Education Schools

Guahan Academy Charter School

iLearn Academy Charter School

SIFA Learning Academy Charter School

All 14 Catholic Schools under the Office of Catholic Education

St. John’s School

St. Paul’s Christian School

Harvest Christian Academy

Guam Adventist Academy

Providence International Christian Academy

Japanese School of Guam

The types of instructional and administrative supplies include pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, construction paper, staplers, tape, and other materials. Funding was made available through the Education Stabilization Fund – State Educational Agency under the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

For more information, please contact your child’s school directly.

(GDOE News Release)