More days may be added to face-to-face instruction as more students sign up

The exterior of the Guam Department of Education in Tiyan Barrigada in Tiyan, Barrigada. PNC file photo

The Guam Department of Education is mulling whether to add more days for face-to-face instruction due to the rise of sign-ups.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said: “We’re going to get to a point where I believe if everything stays safe in the community where there may be a demand for more days, more cohorts, I will cross that bridge when we get to it. But definitely, the interest is there. As parents start to assess the safety of our schools, we can probably expect more parents to be interested in face-to-face instruction. So hopefully, in the next two weeks, we’ll get a grip on where we are and what we’re going to do,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez believes the additional factor for not just parents but also employees to feel more comfortable with a possible expansion in the face-to-face period will be when the GDOE staff who got their first dose of the vaccine receives their 2nd dose on the 20th.

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In the next couple of weeks, Fernandez says GDOE will have a big discussion about their capabilities for expanding face-to-face instruction further.