Fall Planning Survey Results

Posted by Abbey Lang on 7/24/2020

The Fall Planning Survey was sent to all district families with the intent of creating a baseline, "a finger on the pulse", of how our families were feeling about school this fall.  The questions asked were kept basic for two specific reasons, one - we wanted as large of a response as possible and knew we'd have a better percentage by keeping them short and concise, and two - we had limited shareable details that weren't subject to change.  Much of what is being planned, within each of the three scenarios, depends on the number of students we have this fall. (This is explained more in the 7/24 video message from Mr. Powers.)
The Fall Planning survey generated 752 responses, both through online submissions and direct calling efforts made over three days.
We learned:
  • 441 families will send their student(s) back to school this fall, regardless of the scenario
  • 113 families will participate in In-Person or Hybrid learning but NOT distance learning
  • 103 families will ONLY attend In-Person learning
  • 16 families (59 students) are intending to UNENROLL their students this fall regardless of the scenario.
  • 35 families said they will NOT return in-person but would participate in DL
  • 33 families said they will NOT return in-person but would participate in Distance or Hybrid learning.
  • 4 families will only participate in Hybrid learning.
  • The remaining families answered in ways that were inconclusive for these purposes.
What does this mean?
  • We received a 67% response rate from families which is probably the highest ever and helped give us a good idea of how families were feeling...at that moment in time.
  • We know 59 students are planning to unenroll regardless of the scenario and additionally, another 159 students are either unable or unwilling to return to in-person learning.  Keep in mind these numbers are based on the 67% we heard from.  If we look at these numbers in comparison to our entire student population we're estimating the number to be closer to 330 students unable or unwilling to return to in-person learning this fall, approximately 15% of our student population.
  • We heard from many vocal families who are only willing to attend in-person, but they only want to do so if there are no masks or other restrictions.  At the time of the survey, we didn't have a statewide mandate.  EO 20-81 has changed things.
  • If we are required to do the Hybrid model we will require help with student transportation in order to offer in-school instruction to all the grades. Fortunately, 60% of families said they would be willing to drive their students to and from school.
In summary, while the majority of families want to return to school this fall there is a significant portion of students who are either unable or unwilling to return to in-person learning at this time.  We know our days will look different than those before March 16, 2020, and most families are understanding but there is also a significant portion frustrated with the mask-mandate, restrictions, and the uncertainty of everything.  All of these factors are being taken into consideration as we continue to plan for each scenario and work to meet the needs of both families and staff.