Students are No Longer Required to Make Up Lost Instructional Periods

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Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

Awaiting to be signed into law by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, the Guam Legislature passed 2 forms of legislation that would not require students to make up for lost instructional days due to the pandemic.

PNC’s Don Sulat has the report on this story.

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Passed during last Friday’s Regular Session, Bills 286 and 287 seek to aid GDOE students.

Bill 286, introduced by Senator Telena Nelson, seeks to exempt the required 180 instructional days for Guam Public Schools students for School Years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022.

According to the bill, Guam’s Legislature recognizes that the development of various strains of COVID caused the closure of schools…which prevented students from being in classes.

And that although GDOE teachers are on track to provide 180 days of instruction, the shifting of in-person students to attend classes through cohorts had reduced the number of instructional days received by students.

Moreover, according to the bill – Although GDOE teachers did provide the number of instructional days in 2020 to 201, students in cohorts did not receive the required number of instructional days.

Meanwhile, Bill 287, also introduced by Senator Nelson, seeks to exempt service-learning requirements for Graduating High School Students, also for School Years 2021to 2022, and 2022 to 2023.

The bill also cites that due to the effects of COVID during that time, many GDOE students were unable to physically participate in service activities.

The bills are awaiting the Governor’s signature.

For PNC News.
I’m Don Sulat.

 

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Born and raised on the island of Saipan, Don moved to Guam in the Spring of 2016 to pursue higher education at the University of Guam. It was at UOG that Don discovered his passion for keeping his peers politically informed. Prior to joining PNC Don gained professional and life experience through a variety of odd jobs ranging from an administrative assistant to a bouncer to a luxury retail salesman. In his free time, you can find him flying his drone or doing landscape and portrait photography. Don joined the PNC News Team not only to broaden his writing skill but also to challenge himself to get in front of the camera, ultimately furthering his passion to promote an informed and politically engaged Mariånas. Don's beat is Court, Crime, and Regional and is also PNC's Lead Reporter.