GDOE schools to continue online learning this week; in-person to resume Sept. 27

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

Following Thursday’s issuance of Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s Executive Order 2021-23, the Guam Department of Education would like to inform the public that GDOE students will remain in online instruction from September 20-24, 2021.

GDOE will then return to in-person instruction on Monday, September 27, 2021, with the requirement that students will be assigned to one of two cohorts and will attend school on alternating days.

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Over the coming week, school administrators, faculty, and staff will take the time to complete assignments and activities associated with their online learning plans; communicate with parents and students regarding the return to in-person instruction; assign students to their cohorts; and prepare school campuses for the return of students.

“We know many of our students have been waiting to return to in-person instruction,” said Superintendent Jon Fernandez. “At the same time, we are keeping our eye on the COVID-19 case numbers on island. Returning to campus in cohorts is our way of saying that we believe the right approach during our current high-risk situation is to temporarily reduce the number of students who can come to campus daily. Once the community situation improves, we look forward to returning back for face-to-face instruction five days a week for all of our students.”

Interscholastic sports for middle and high school students are also authorized to begin on September 27th. Under the executive order, all coaches and student participants who are age 16 and above must show proof of vaccination or else submit to weekly testing. More details will be provided over the coming week.

Additional guidance and instructions to parents regarding their child’s schedule is forthcoming from respective schools. You may contact them for any inquiries and information.