GDOE shares plans for the next school year; staggered schedules eyed

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

With the next school year starting in just a few months, the Guam Department of Education is discussing how to welcome students back to school while also ensuring that they maintain a safe social distance.

In a virtual informational briefing this week, GDOE officials told senators about their plans for the next school year.

Depending on social distancing regulations, public school students may expect to be placed on a staggered schedule that would have them attend classes every other day.

According to Joe Sanchez, GDOE Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, this would allow for more space between students.

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Based on school capacity and the current population, there’s really no way to do social distancing if 100 percent of the student population were to attend school on that day. We’re prepared for three scenarios: 50 percent capacity, one-third capacity, or even one-fourth capacity…and the schools are looking at their numbers right now to see what that looks like,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez also said that a portion of the $41.5 million from the Education Stabilization Fund will be used to bolster distance learning to improve the accessibility of educational resources to students.