PSS suspends classes for 3 days


The Public School System is suspending all classes on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota for the next three days in response to three positive COVID-19 cases in Guam.

Also, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter announced last night that the Man’amko Center Congregate Services will cease beginning today, March 16, until further notice.

The Garapan Street Market (Thursday Market) will also cease until further notice. All after-school and weekend activities at the Tanapag Youth Center and the Kagman Community Center will cease until further notice. The Flame Tree Arts Festival that was initially slated for April will be postponed—the new dates will be forthcoming.

Hunter made a department-wide announcement that any other planned congregate activities of the DCCA must also be postponed until further notice and encouraged everyone to take the precautionary steps outlined by the Division of Public Health for their safety.

According to Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada late yesterday afternoon, he has decided to suspend all classes from March 16 to 19 to allow principals to come together and list all students who have travelled off-island to determine who should be monitored for possible COVID-19.

Ada said the three-day suspension is the initial step and classes could be suspended indefinitely depending on the principals’ findings.

Ada said he is also set to meet with his team today to discuss possibly shutting down classes for the remainder of the school year and moving all classes online.

Ada is encouraging all students to stay at home and practice COVID-19 preventative measures.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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