Greenville County Schools released the results of a parent survey on the re-opening of its schools on Friday, June 26. The school district based its results on 27,786 surveys completed by families.
The survey found 55% of parents said that they were either unsure — 43% — or would definitely not — 12% — send their students back to school in the fall. Eighty-four percent of respondents said that they would participate in eLearning through the district. Only 3.7% said they would not participate.
Almost 45% said they would allow their student to return even without a vaccine for the coronavirus.
The survey also found that parents believed that regular cleaning of surfaces, education about hygiene and temperature screening were the top three precautions schools should take. The lowest-priority precautions to take included maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks, not frequenting common areas and stopping field trips.
For 78.3% of families, a blend of eLearning and in-person instruction to 100% eLearning is preferable. Over 60% of parents said they had childcare options or the ability to work from home on the days that their children did not have school. Sixty-two percent of parents responded school should be 100% eLearning for the weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break.
Parents had been notified of the survey through emails, phone messages, social media and announcements from the district in the media. Postcards with the information about the survey were given out at the district’s meal sites.
Families could access the survey in both English and Spanish digitally. The district’s service center also completed surveys via phone for those families without Wi-Fi or a data plan.
“Parents were not asked their preference of an altered schedule versus a normal in-person, five days per week schedule. The purpose of this survey was to determine their preferences should a “normal” schedule be impossible,” district spokesman Tim Waller said in a release.
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