GDOE seeking more information and guidance before considering face-to-face instruction

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GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) will be hosting two virtual input sessions for GDOE educators/staff and for GDOE parents/guardians.

At both sessions, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and her medical advisors will be available to provide updates on the current COVID-19 situation and answer questions.

Members of the public are welcome to join the Zoom input session being held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Up to 500 participants may join the Zoom meeting; all others are welcome to view the Livestream on GDOE’s Facebook page facebook.com/DOEGuam.

Due to the increasing COVID-19 case count, remote online instruction will continue throughout the week of September 13.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Parent/Guardian and Community Stakeholders Input Session

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://zoom.us/j/91321456335

“With the number of new cases hitting a high of 325 yesterday, it’s important that we seek more information regarding the community health situation and the risks of continued spread and transmission of the COVID-19 virus,” said Superintendent Jon Fernandez.

“Reopening schools is our ultimate goal, but we need to be sure that we can do so safely, and based on the current data, we need the assurance of the Governor and her health care team that the community situation is under control and that it is safe to bring our kids back. Once we get that feedback, we all will be in a better position to determine when it is safe for GDOE schools to reopen for in-person learning.”

“Our employees and teachers have expressed numerous concerns over the past couple of weeks as COVID-19 cases have increased, and we need to address these concerns before we reopen our doors,” said Guam Education Board Chairman Mark Mendiola.  “Our stakeholders need to hear directly from the Governor’s advisors, so they can be fully informed and aware of the risks associated with returning students to the classroom. GDOE has always prioritized open communication with our teachers and parents, and we look forward to her joining us to make sure their concerns are heard and addressed.”

Laptop distributions at all GDOE schools are ongoing.  The  GDOE still highly encourages parents and guardians to submit a request for a laptop if they have yet to do so.  Parents and guardians may also submit an application for a MiFi, or portable wifi device.

“The return of our students to in-person instruction is a priority, but only when it is safe to do so,” said Fernandez.  “We plan to continue working with the Governor and her team to share information and to ensure that the interests of our children, families, and employees are prioritized when it is finally time to reopen our schools.  In the meantime, we urge everyone in the community to abide by all COVID-19 safety protocols, get vaccinated if possible, and work together to get our island’s health situation back under control.  By doing so, we can all do our part to help bring our kids back to school safely.”

For information and inquiries, you may send an email to info@gdoe.net. Family and community stakeholders may also contact the Interim Public Information Officer, Michelle Franquez, at (671) 300-1677 or, may send an email to matfranquez@gdoe.net.

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