Despite spike in Covid cases, schools to reopen as scheduled

Despite the spike in the number of young people testing positive for Covid-19, the Guam Department of Education is still pushing forward with the opening of schools on Aug. 17.

“Right now, we’re following the superintendent’s recommendation and his plan,” Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio said at Friday’s press conference.

He noted that some jurisdictions, where lawsuits are looming, have made decisions that forced schools to open with face-to-face instruction.

“Here from the get go, the option is to give parents the opportunity to have online learning for their children and for the decision making to be part of that based on the situation of their individual households and their capacity of their children,” Tenorio said.

At Father Dueñas Memorial School, the Archdiocese of Agana said it continues its communication with the Department of Public Health and Social Service regarding an investigation into a Covid-19 positive case at the school.

FDMS remains closed and students will continue attending classes remotely.

"The Archdiocese will make sure to update parents, families and everyone in the FDMS school community as further guidance is provided by Public Health. The safety of students and all members is of the highest priority," the archdiocese said in a statement.