Public schools reinstate full uniform policy after dengue outbreak declared over

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

On Monday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero announced in the State of the Island Address that the dengue fever outbreak Guam experienced last September is now over.

In October of last year, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) relaxed its uniform policy to accommodate the need for parents to dress students in long-sleeved clothing.

The temporarily relaxed uniform policy aimed to help students and families in efforts to protect against mosquito bites and the dengue virus. Members of the community should be aware that dengue still exists in neighboring islands. However, with the outbreak in Guam declared over, all GDOE schools will return to enforcing the full uniform policy beginning next week.

The GDOE uniform policy requires students to come to school in full uniform, to include uniform tops, uniform bottoms, and closed-toed shoes. Students will no longer be permitted to wear long-sleeved undershirts, and all students are expected to be in full uniform by Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Dress code violations are considered Level I offenses, and repeated violations may result in progressive discipline. However, parents who need support with uniform compliance are encouraged to reach out to their child’s school principal to discuss available options.

“We want to continue to remind parents and students that it is their obligation to come to school dressed in uniform,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said. “We look forward to working with them to make this shift back to our regular uniform policy and to ensure we have a successful rest of the school year.”

For more information, contact your child’s school directly. (GDOE press release)