Education board requires students to return to 5-days in-person instruction starting November 29

The following is from a news release from the Guam Department of Education:

Last night, at its regular meeting, the Guam Education Board (“GEB”) passed GEB Resolution 2021-12, which requires the return to five days of instruction for all Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, effective November 29th.  The resolution, introduced by GEB member Maria Gutierrez, passed by a 6-3 margin.

“It’s important that we return our kids to the classroom and maximize instructional time in school,” said GEB Chairman Mark Mendiola. “We feel that we are now safe enough for children to go to school everyday, and it’s time that we focus on recovering the learning that was lost due to the pandemic.”

On Monday, November 29, 2021, all schools will continue to be open at their regularly scheduled time, and buses will continue to operate on their set schedule and routes. However, students are required to attend school every day, instead of in cohorts.

Schools will also continue to implement a multi-layered safety approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes universal face mask requirements, good handwashing and respiratory etiquette, frequent cleaning and disinfecting of commonly used surfaces, physical distancing, and contact tracing.  In addition, GDOE will be working with the Department of Public Health and Social Services and other private providers to facilitate vaccination efforts in the community.

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