Thank you to everyone who responded to our in-person school survey. We received 448 responses! Of these 72% were very likely or likely to return to school buildings part time, and 65% full time. These numbers were slightly lower when schedule or teacher changes were considered. About 16-21% of respondents were unlikely or very unlikely to return to school under any of these conditions. We also found that 44% of 88 special education families who are not currently receiving in-person services feel that it is important or very important that they receive those services. Lastly, the majority of families indicated that they are not receiving enough information from the district about plans and procedures for a return to buildings. We also read all of your thoughtful comments! From these it is clear that many of you want to see teachers vaccinated ASAP, need more information from the district to make up your minds about whether to send your children back into buildings, and are concerned that the district doesn’t have a clear plan to reopen buildings now or in the fall. Download the complete survey results here.
We will now take this information to the School Board and District leadership, and continue to advocate on your behalf for a safe return to buildings. Continue on to read the letter the Eckstein and Roosevelt PTSAs have sent to SPS leadership.
Dear Superintendent Juneau and School Board Members,
Our school families are concerned that there is no comprehensive plan for in-person school for ALL interested students. Many school districts across the state and country have already reopened with the proper precautions and without causing significant viral spread. And, at some point this calendar year, once COVID transmission rates are in line with Washington State Department of Health guidelines, it will be time to reopen school buildings to everyone who is ready to go back.
The demand for in-person services is real and, at least at Roosevelt and Eckstein, widespread. Our PTSAs recently surveyed families about in-person instruction. We found that 73% of 1,043 respondents want to bring their children back to school in-person when Washington State Department of Health guidelines allow, and 38% of 170 special education families who haven’t yet received in-person services say it is important for their children to receive in-person services. Only 24% of families say they are receiving enough information from the district about plans and procedures for a return to buildings. Many commented that they are concerned that the district doesn’t have a clear plan for re-opening in the fall. Attached are the combined results of the surveys, as well as results separated by school.
Based on our surveys, we would like to see the following actions:
Although district-wide communications with the above information will be necessary, we feel that it would also be helpful if some of the communications come to parents through school principals. That way, the information would be tailored to the school community, which differs significantly in age/grade, schedule, and physical state/capacity from building to building. We look forward to hearing about your plans soon.
Eckstein Middle School PTSA Board
Roosevelt High School PTSA Board
Please direct responses and questions to Eckstein MS PTSA Vice President and Roosevelt HS PTSA Advocacy Chair Natalya Yudkovsky.