The unscientific survey of local parents that we conducted over the past 24 hours has yielded some fascinating results. Parents at both public and private schools are clearly struggling with their decision on whether to send their kids back to school in person this fall.
With just over 300 responses in as of early Tuesday afternoon, about 45% of parents expect to send their kids back, and another 9% are leaning in that direction, while 26% expect to go full remote and 12% are leaning that way. Meanwhile a little less than 8% are split.
Even more fascinating are the answers explaining why. Several “returners” point to the benefits of in-person learning and some point out their dissatisfaction with remote learning in the spring.
They hated remote leaning and crave human interaction with teachers and friends.
A “full remote” parent expressed frustration with the Department of Education:
The DOE and in particular our school has not given us any info on who the teachers will be or how the school day will look. There is zero creativity among the administration and this is crippling the system.
One “50/50” parent said their family tested positive for antibodies, but they remain concerned:
We all tested positive for the antibodies in our household, but there’s too much uncertainty about its effectiveness, overall safety guidelines from the school aren’t clear and information/ data changes daily -hourly it seems, about its transmission, long lasting side effects or morphing capabilities. Kids at school have always been a Petrie dish, there’s no guarantee of safety.