The Guam Department of Education will keep all school facilities closed and cancel daily classes through the end of school year 2019-2020, according to Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez.
“Based on the latest projections by the Covid-19 task force, the current pandemic is not anticipated to peak for several weeks, necessitating the continued adherence to limitations on large social gatherings and to social distancing policies over this period of time,” Fernandez said.
"This means that any proposal to return 30.000 children and 4.000 employees to normal operations at our school facilities would run counter to the advice of our medical professionals and would be a cause for greater concern regarding the health and safety of our community, especially our students, employees and their families, he sated in his memo to the board.
The education board authorizes the superintendent to close schools in the event of an emergency that threatens the health and safety of students and staff members.
Fernandez wrote a letter to Guam Education Board members to inform them of his decision earlier today. Fernandez clarified that the Grab-N