Since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the main concerns education stakeholders have had was the academic progression of students.
During a recent Guam Education Board meeting, GEB board member Fely Angel asked whether GDOE’s summer school program will be a recovery of education loss or an enrichment course for students.
Guam Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Joe Sanchez says that it will be both.
“If the student already has the skills, it could be a reinforcement of those skills, where the teacher can work with them on making sure they are fluent and really solid with those particular school sets. Or if the schools have the ability to move them up, they can move them up to a higher grouping so they don’t have to stick with that particular grade,” Sanchez said.
He added: “Our overall intent, really, is to maximize contact with schools, whether it will be face-to-face, or, if it’s online, we’re trying to maximize video conferencing time so that students are actually online and get them up to speed.”
Sanchez encourages schools to be more creative with the summer school program in order to bring in more students.
“They have not just their laptops but they have all of their STEM and robotics equipment and just a bunch of things. If you haven’t gotten a chance to use all of that equipment that you’ve had for a number of years, just dust them off, pull them out, clean them, and design a program during the summer that can really keep kids active and engaged,” Sanchez said.
He added: “You want kids to kind of feel active and really want to come because ultimately, summer school is voluntary. So you would want to encourage them to come and participate.”
As for high school students, the summer school program will only be eligible for those missing credits.
GDOE’s summer school runs from June 7th to mid-July, with schools voting for a 5-hour Monday to Thursday schedule.