GDOE urged to put all elementary school students under face-to-face learning


Some members of the Guam Education Board are encouraging the Guam Department of Education to no longer have elementary school students on the online learning option.

In preparations for the next school year, GDOE and the Guam Board of Education are having ongoing discussions on whether or not it makes sense for all younger students to just attend face-to-face instruction.

According to GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez, some members of the school board have brought up that discussion, even taking a step further to possibly issue a mandate for students to come to school.

“We know that the online model works better for older students because it requires some level of independence and in some cases, the parents can go ahead and have their students online while they go to work versus younger kids who still need supervision,” Fernandez said.

He added that if that’s the direction that the board wants to go, he wants GDOE to have additional opportunities to work with teachers and parents on their input before any final decision is made.

Fernandez says they want to make sure that they listen to their stakeholders as some might not agree with that decision and prefer the online learning platform.

GDOE is also currently accepting registrations for the next school year to get a better understanding of who will be on face-to-face instruction or online distance learning with the intent for teachers to focus on one model of learning only.

For those registering online, GDOE recommends committing to their chosen model of learning for one semester.