The Department of Public Health and Social Services and the Department of Education are starting a pilot program in which DOE can conduct school-wide inspections on their own.
Guam – Two departments are working together for a shared goal: to ensure health and safety in the island’s public schools.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says in this way, schools can be held more accountable and have more knowledge of what the issues are on their campus and what it takes to address them. He says the two departments have been planning this pilot program for about a year and a half. So far, Fernandez explains, DPHSS officials have been working with and training six schools: two high schools, two middle schools, and two elementary schools. The list includes George Washington High School, Agueda Middle School and MU Lujan Elementary School.
Fernandez says, “They provided us guidance, checklists, and uniform guidance for us to go to our schools and say these are what we need to be aware of. We have administrator, teacher and student checklists. These are information that we can compile them, inform both the department and regulatory agency but what steps need to be taken to ensure compliance and requirements for health and safety.”
Fernandez says they will continue to train with the six schools but he hopes in the future, all schools, especially the larger ones, will adopt DHPSS’s framework.