Governor reiterates decision to move GDOE reopening by one week

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Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, on Monday, repeated what she already announced during Saturday’s virtual parent input meeting — that she would ask the Guam Department of Education to postpone the return to classroom instruction by one week.

GDOE, along with the private schools, was supposed to return to classroom instruction on Monday, Sept. 20. But the governor said she has asked GDOE superintendent Jon Fernandez to move the opening date by one week because of the continuing rise in COVID cases.

“So we have been communicating with the Department of Education, and also with the administrators of the private schools across the board, and our discussions were that we were going to delay for, I think a week. So the private schools will probably see opening this coming Monday, and the GDOE schools will probably be open the following week,” Leon Guerrero said.

However, the governor again stressed the importance of being very flexible as well as adjusting and making quick decisions and actions based on the constantly shifting COVID situation.

“And so, if the numbers are not stabilizing and we still see an increase, that discussion will have to be made again. And the teachers know this, the administrators know this, and the Guam Department of Education also knows this,” the governor said.

Krystal Paco-San Agustin, the governor’s communications director, said in-person learning would remain suspended until the situation improves, during which time the governor will sign an executive order to reauthorize in-person learning. However, the decision of whether to open or not will ultimately be up to the individual schools.

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