Return to School Survey Results
As part of plans for the start of the 2020-2021 School Year Scottsbluff Public Schools conducted a Return to School Survey for parents. The short, anonymous survey was created in partnership with the Nebraska Association of School Boards who adopted it for use by districts across the state. The survey was distributed in English and Spanish to parents grades PK-12 via Remind, email and SBPS social media channels.
The survey had 1,674 responses. Below is a summary of the results:
- 54% of parents surveyed were comfortable with in-person classes resuming in August. 17% were neutral and 29% were uncomfortable.
- Safety protocols deemed most important to parents included:
- Frequent hand washing and sanitization
- Cleaning and sanitizing classrooms and common areas
- Temperature and symptom checks for anyone entering the school building
- Adjustment of protocols based upon the number of cases in the community and/or positive cases of students in schools
- The biggest concerns parents had about returning to school included:
- Risk of a student carrying the virus back to family members
- Classrooms and common areas being properly disinfected
- Some parents were concerned that there would not be enough protocols put into place, others were concerned that there would be too many protocols
- When asked about face coverings 50% of parents were comfortable with their student wearing a mask at school with 48% of parents being uncomfortable and 2% medically unable.
- When asked about remote learning 49% of parents preferred a mix of online learning and paper packets as a delivery model
- Parents listed student disengagement as the largest concern of students learning from home.
The feedback from this survey has been used in the District Return to School Planning process. In addition, a staff survey has been conducted and focus groups have been held with parents and staff.