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GFT Takes Action on COVID-19 Concerns

GFT has written to the heads of the different agencies to gauge the measure of preparedness in response to COVID-19. Likewise, GFT has spoken to some members in various agencies to raise concerns with their management. A big THANK YOU to the nurses, doctors, and other first responders in maintaining the health needs of the island. You are our heroes on the front lines. To the school nurses who jumped in to assist in our times of crisis, God Bless you.

GDOE

As week one of school closures comes to an end, GDOE management has been working with GFT to address issues regarding the remainder of the school year and graduation requirements for the Class of 2020. School principals and teacher leaders have been involved in the discussions to offer equitable access to education. Moreover, the health and safety of the entire school community remain top priority. GDOE and GFT will provide more details in the upcoming week, bearing in mind that this unprecedented time in history is constantly changing.

GDOE recognizes that some households look forward to the free breakfast and lunch meal program offered by GDOE. Beginning Monday, March 23, GDOE will be providing Grab-N-Go lunches to children at one of 11 designated schools throughout the island from 11am to 1pm.

Healthcare Workers

Awareness: Covid-19 has gone global and we can learn from the mishaps of others. Healthcare workers are at greater risk because of their constant exposure. We need to learn from this experience. At this point, the nurses describe the situation at GMH as a war zone. Adequate training, proper coordinated response, and equipment are needed in the preparation of dealing with the situation. They are also urging people on the island to stay home to keep themselves and others safe and to mitigate the risk of the virus spreading. Read more here.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): In the U.S. the standards for PPE have drawn from guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Unfortunately, they have been weakened because of global supply shortages of N95 respirators. We believe any worker who is exposed to a possible Covid-19 case should be given an N95 respirator, or one with greater protection. Bonnie Castillo, the Executive Director for National Nurses United, said, “Nurses are working with inadequate protections, and that ranges from head coverings, respirators, appropriate gowns, covers for their legs and their feet. Instead, [they] are being given a surgical mask, a paper gown and a pair of surgical gloves. That is not going to protect the nurse and it’s not going to protect anyone else.”

She warned that nurses who become infected would have to self-isolate — thus risking a nurses’ shortage — in order to prevent exposing other patients to the virus, such as those with cancer or heart conditions.

“Right now, for them to be doing this in a pandemic, it’s not just affecting us, it’s affecting our whole communities; it’s affecting our nation,” Castillo said. Read more here.

Adelup assures the public that our front line caregivers are provided adequate PPEs. Read more here.

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority

Guam Memorial Hospital Authority confirmed on 3/20 that a patient who was originally admitted to the hospital for a non-COVID-19 related illness, has now tested positive. According to a release sent out by the Hospital Administrator to all hospital staff and employees, the patient was immediately placed under isolation.

Childcare

Some healthcare workers have young children. These children are not in school and require daycare or some form of babysitting. To alleviate the burden to our healthcare workers, some of our front line heroes need assistance in taking care of their children.

Port Authority of Guam

General Manager Rory Respicio remains proactive to safeguard our port employees to the fullest extent possible. With a national shortage on PPEs, let’s hope that the Port maintains its reserve of PPEs for the safety of its employees.

Guam Police Department

Effective Friday, March 20, all GPD precincts are closed to civilians. If you need to file a complaint, you are asked to call the precinct and an officer will meet with them outside. The memo can be read here.

Other Agencies

At the writing of this eUpdate, the other agencies have yet to respond to GFT on their plan to keep the employees safe at their worksite when they are called into work during this government shut down. Employees are encouraged to raise their work environment concerns with GFT.

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GFT OFFICE CLOSING AND CONVENTION CANCELLED AMID COVID-19 CONCERNS

Beginning, Monday, March 16, 2020, The GFT Office will be closed to the public for at least 14 days. This is in response to Governor Leon Guerrero confirming that twelve people on Guam have tested positive for COVID-19 as of March 19.

Given the Governor’s order to practice social distancing, this also means we have decided to cancel our 13 Annual Convention scheduled for Saturday, March 21. Safety for both our staff and members is our number one priority and we want to comply with all regulations currently in place.

Our staff is currently working from home and if you have questions, feel free to contact 735-4390 or email thelma@gftunion.com.

You can find a list of what businesses and agencies are closing here.

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SBG Parent Information and Input Meetings

The Guam Department of Education Division of Curriculum and Instruction is hosting more information and input sessions regarding the GDOE Standards-Based Grading Initiative. Two meetings have already been held and the remaining meetings are as follows:

Wednesday, March 11- 6 pm – 7:30 pm: Marcial Sablan Elementary School

Thursday, March 12- 6 pm – 7:30 pm: MU Lujan Elementary School

Monday, March 16- 6 pm – 7:30 pm: George Washington High School

The full press release from GDOE and more information about Standards Based Grading can be found here.

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Mary Jean Vigilante wins GFT Treasurer

GFT would like to congratulate Mary Jean Vigilante on winning the election for Treasurer. Vigilante currently teaches Math at Oceanview Middle School. She also serves as John Hopkins Talent Development Site Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Instructional coach, National Junior Honor Society Advisor, Curriculum Leadership Team member, Teacher Mentor, and GFT Site Steward. Previously, she taught at George Washington High School.

“It is with sincere gratitude for all of your support that I accept this position of Treasurer for the Guam Federation of Teachers. I will execute my duties to the best of my abilities. Thank you,” Vigilante said.

The uncontested winners from this election are Timothy Fedenko (President), Sanjay Sharma (Vice-President), and Corazon Mucho (Secretary). All officers will be installed at the 13th Annual GFT Convention on March 21.

 

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GFT T-SHIRT CONTEST WINNERS SELECTED

The winners from the GFT t-shirt contest have been selected.

1st place: Lucia Atienza- George Washington High School

2nd place: Ivory Usana- Tiyan High School

3rd place: Leonilyn Matsunanga- Tiyan High School

The winning t-shirt design will be unveiled at the GFT 13th Annual Convention on March 21st.