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GCSS releases Phase III reopening parent and staff survey results

In preparation for Phase 3 of its school reopening process, the Greene County School System surveyed GCSS parents and staff to gauge their response to a proposed 4-1 hybrid schedule for Phase 3, wherein students would attend school in-person and on-campus Monday-Thursday and participate in distance learning on Fridays, beginning with the start of the second semester on January 19th.

The parent survey received 310 responses, with 2.5% of respondents identifying themselves as a parent of a CBJ Preschool student, 22.5% of respondents identifying themselves as a parent of a Greene County Primary School student, 38% of respondents identifying themselves as a parent of a Carson Middle School student, and 37% of respondents identifying themselves as a parent of a Greene County High School student.

The survey asked parents, “If your student’s school implements a new hybrid schedule where all students attend in-person classes on campus Monday-Thursday and participate in distance learning on Fridays, beginning on January 19th,* how confident are you that you will send your student to school on campus?”

  • 52.5% of respondents stated they “definitely will send student to school on campus,”
  • 26% of respondents stated they were “unsure at this time,”
  • and 21.5% of respondents answered they “definitely will not send student to school on campus.”

(A note on the survey indicated that the proposed date of January 19, 2021 for beginning the new hybrid schedule is tentative and subject to change.)

The next survey question asked parents “If your student’s school implements the new hybrid schedule where all students attend in-person classes on campus Monday-Thursday, how important is it to you for the school to continue to provide a virtual learning option?

  • 65% of respondents answered that it is “very important” to them,
  • 18% of responded answered that it is “somewhat important,”
  • 9% of respondents selected “less important,”
  • and 8% of respondents selected “not important at all.”

The survey’s final question asked parents “If your student attends school in-person 4 days per week on the new hybrid schedule, would you be both willing and able to transport your student to his/her school?” to which 51% of respondents answered “yes,” while 49% answered “no.”

The staff survey received 141 responses, with 4% of respondents identifying themselves as a CBJ Preschool staff member, 35% of respondents identifying themselves as a Greene County Primary School staff member, 35% of respondents identifying themselves as a Carson Middle School staff member, and 26% of respondents identifying themselves as a Greene County High School staff member.

The survey asked staff, “Do you feel the mitigation strategies currently being implemented across the district are having a positive effect on the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings?” to which 88% of respondents answered “yes,” while 12% answered “no.”

The next survey question asked staff members “Do you feel student engagement is more difficult to maintain in a distance learning environment?" 

  • 37% of respondents answered that it is “Definitely more difficult,”
  • 33% of responded answered that it is “Somewhat more difficult,”
  • 14% of respondents selected “Not more difficult,”
  • 4% of respondents selected “Student engagement is easier to maintain in a distance learning environment,”
  • and 12% of respondents selected “I do not monitor student engagement data as a part of my job responsibilities.”

The next survey question asked staff members “Do you feel student attendance is impacted in a distance learning environment?”

  • 43% of respondents answered that it is “Yes, definitely,”
  • 29% of responded answered that it is “Somewhat,”
  • 16% of respondents selected “Not so much,”
  • 4% of respondents selected “I do not see any impact on student attendance,”
  • and 8% of respondents selected “I do not engage with student attendance data as a part of my job responsibilities.” 

The next survey question asked staff members “With potentially 100% of students attending Monday-Thursday, do you feel that social distancing will be a challenge?”

  • 84% of respondents answered “Yes, definitely,”
  • 14% of responded answered “Somewhat,”
  • 1% of respondents selected “Not so much,”
  • and 1% of respondents selected “Social distancing is not a concern for me.”

The survey’s next question asked staff “Do you feel your classroom is adequately sized to accommodate the number of students in your class when they all return to school full-time?” to which 16% of respondents answered “yes,” while 65% answered “no,” and 19% of respondents selected “I am not a classroom teacher.”

The staff survey’s final question included a free-response text box inviting staff to share any additional thoughts they had on the Phase III reopening proposals. While 38% of respondents skipped this question, 62% of respondents answered this question to provide input that is currently being utilized by the GCSS Return to School Task Force to develop the GCSS Phase 3 Reopening Plan.