Hard copy, online learning options still available even if schools reopen

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The Guam Department of Education is reassuring parents that they will still have more models of learning options even if schools re-open.

The main concern brought on by parents is if they will still be able to choose their preferred model of learning if schools re-open.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says parents will still be able to choose from face-to-face, hard copy, and online learning options.

“We don’t see ourselves forcing parents going back to school, face-to-face because we recognize there’s going to be a lot of concerns about their kids and their kids’ safety and we don’t think it’s fair for parents to choose between keeping their kids safe and going to school for their education,” Fernandez said.

He added: “We still want to provide the choices to our parents but we know there will be some parents who will want their kids to go back to school, face-to-face, and we just need to know what those numbers are like in order to plan accordingly.”

GDOE has had two virtual sessions with parents this week where they discussed the planned campus re-openings in January.

Fernandez reassures parents that even if GDOE is given the approval, they will not open school campuses until they are deemed safe based on the CDC framework for the safe reopening of schools.

GDOE will continue to hold virtual meetings with stakeholders every day at 5:30 pm this week and sessions with parents of special needs students every Friday at the same time. Meetings are streamed via GDOE’s Facebook page.

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