Throughout this process, our community has made clear that the most important factors for returning to school are the district’s ability to reduce class sizes and promote social distancing as best as we can.
The School Reopening Task Force reviewed data from a scientific survey conducted by the district’s partner Hanover Research. Close to 5,000 parents, students and staff participated in the survey, including:
- 3,972 parents
- 213 students
- 794 staff
Lindbergh Schools shared the results of this school re-entry survey publicly during a Board of Education workshop on June 9. The presentation starts at minute 35.
Key Findings: School Re-Entry Preferences
- Parents across school levels have similar general preferences regarding in-person vs virtual learning, broadly preferring the former. Approximately two-thirds of elementary, middle, and high school parents would choose in-person, socially distanced learning in comparison with between 16 and 19 percent of parents who favor full-time virtual learning. Across school levels, 14 to 18 percent of parents are not sure which general model they prefer.
- Parents indicate that, regardless of their child’s school level, they are prioritizing similar factors when considering whether to send their child to school in the fall. Over two-thirds of elementary, middle, and high school parents are likely to send their child back to school if class sizes are reduced substantially. In comparison, slightly over 40 percent of parents across grade levels are likely to do so if schools open as normal with no changes.
- When asked about specific reopening models, elementary school parents are less supportive of models relying on online learning. For example, 19 percent of elementary school parents are very or extremely supportive of full-day online learning in comparison with 31 percent of high school parents. Similarly, elementary school staff members (27% very or extremely supportive) are less supportive than middle school (37%) and high school (42%) staff members.
Key Findings: Transportation and Child Care
- Approximately half (47%) of parents and students indicate that their child or they would take the bus to school at least once a week if schools reopen in the fall. Of these, approximately half indicate that it would be somewhat easy (22%) or very easy (26%) to arrange alternative transportation. Less than a third (27%) of parents and students who indicate that their child or they would not take the bus in the fall took the bus to school in 2019-20, suggesting that most parents and students do not plan to stop using district-provided transportation if it is available. Most respondents (74%) who did not (or whose child did not) walk to school this year did not do so due to distance.
- Approximately a fifth of elementary school parents would plan to enroll their child in district-provided before- and/or after-school care. Specifically, 8 percent would plan to enroll their child in after-school care only, 8 percent in both after- and before-school care, and 4 percent in before-school care only. Another 11 percent of parents are unsure of their plan. Notably, less than 15 percent of interested parents would find it somewhat or very easy to arrange alternative childcare arrangements and more than a third (37%) indicate that it would be very difficult to arrange an alternative.