On Monday, August 17, 2020, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) became aware of a confirmed COVID-19 case at both Southern High School (SHS) and Tiyan High School (THS). On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, the GDOE learned of two additional COVID-19 cases at SHS, bringing the total number of confirmed cases at SHS to three.
GDOE is working closely with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS). The contact tracing effort is ongoing and close contacts of the confirmed cases will be contacted directly by DPHSS. A close contact is an individual who has come in face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 individual for at least 10 minutes or more and within six feet, or who has had direct contact with infectious secretions of the confirmed COVID-19 individual (e.g. being coughed on). Areas of the SHS campus have been identified for cleaning and disinfecting and will be off limits to personnel until those processes are complete. Parents are asked to contact the school via email at firstname.lastname@example.org while the main office is closed for cleaning.
All GDOE employees are reminded to adhere to health and safety protocols while on campus. Not only are schools cleaned and sanitized daily, but other safety precautions are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to include the following: required face coverings for all students and staff; temperature screening upon arrival; 6 feet physical distancing; regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and common areas; and encouraging employees to wash hands and sanitize often.