GDOE Proposes May 17 as Last Day of School for 8 Schools

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These are the schools that will house FestPac delegates.

Guam – The Department of Education has a big role in the upcoming 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts. They have to house the incoming delegates from 27 Pacific island nations and provide school buses for transportation.

With the current school schedule, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says those tasks would be impossible.

Because of this situation, Fernandez proposes that the students at the eight schools selected to house the delegates be released earlier than the proposed date of May 20th. He recommends releasing them on May 17th because May 20th is when the delegates are expected to check in.

Those eight schools are: Agueda Johnston Middle School, Astumbo Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, Jose Rios Middle School, Southern High School, Tiyan High School, and Untalan Middle School.

However, for the rest of the schools, which are mostly elementary schools, Fernandez recommends they continue classes until May 20th as originally planned.

Then for teachers, he proposes to release them on May 23rd, which will also be a teacher work day.

Fernandez explains that these recommendations were made after the department considered all options and with the interest of all stakeholders, including teachers, parents, and students in mind.

In a release, Fernandez states that without GDOE’s participation, FestPac is unlikely to be successful.

Overall, Fernandez pointed out that while the proposed school schedule is atypical compared to a “normal” school year, it is fair and allows the Guam Education Board to meet its legal obligations to students, its commitment to FestPac, and its commitment to meeting the needs of parents, students, and teachers.