Majority of public school students may learn from home this upcoming school year

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez. (PNC file photo)

A majority of public school students may learn from home this upcoming school year, according to the Guam Department of Education.

Initial results gathered from 16,000 responses to GDOE’s models of learning survey say that 37 percent of students islandwide would like to learn online from home, 28 percent would like to learn from home using hardcopy instruction, and 35 percent would like to attend school on alternating days.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that these numbers aren’t final because the agency is still waiting for results from two to three schools. He says this information is important to help schools organize their resources.

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“That’s 65 percent of students – either online or using hard copy lessons – to be at home 100 percent of the time. I think that really underscores what we found in an earlier survey that parents, by and large, are really concerned about the safety of their students and because we’re just starting the school year, are going to want to be assured we have a safe environment and operations,” Fernandez said.

However, this data doesn’t apply to every school. For six to seven schools, 60 percent of students would like to attend classes face to face.

Fernandez also addressed concerns from teachers about in-person classes and says that school won’t start until they have PPEs and that campuses won’t be crowded this year.

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“If you can imagine, that 30 percent of our students that they will come to school and if you take that 30 percent and break them into three cohorts, you’re really looking at only 10 percent under that scenario of the students will be on campus at any one time,” Fernandez said.

Parents can still fill out the models of learning form by contacting their child’s respective school.


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Amanda Dedicatoria
Amanda is a reporter at the Pacific News Center and writes about issues concerning the military, environment, and education. She has a background in journalism that spans from her time as a VIBE intern for the Pacific Daily News and the editor-in-chief of Triton’s Call. As a college student, she studied journalism and graduated with honors from the University of Guam. She also has experience in photography as well as documentary work and strives to make sure that her stories are fair and engaging. When she isn’t on the job, she’s usually at the gym, playing video games, or baking a batch of cookies.