SURVEY: Majority of Jefferson City parents want daily temperature checks for fall classes

1 month 1 week 3 days ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:07:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
By: Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District announced an update to families on Thursday about fall classes. The district's goal is to release its re-entry plan on July 15, according to an email to parents.

3,534 parents representing 4,915 filled out the school's survey. The results will be used to inform the districts decisions on re-entry.

"As we have since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we are continually monitoring this changing situation to put in place what we believe is the best re-entry plan for our students, families, and staff," the email said.
A full detailed report of the survey results can be found on the JC Schools COVID-19 Updates webpage. 
Summary of the back to school survey results from families:

-81 percent said they would be likely or very likely to send their students to in-seat school this fall if daily temperature checks are required for students, teachers, and staff.

-77 percent of respondents said they would be likely or very likely to send their students to in-seat school this fall if schools increased sanitation. However, there is concern whether increased sanitation is plausible based on the number of custodians in buildings and the frequent movement of students.
-77 percent said they would be likely or very likely to send their students to in-seat school if schools practiced social distancing.
-53 percent said they would be likely or very likely to send their students to in-seat school if JC schools were to develop a hybrid education model where students attend in-person school two days per week and virtual education the other three days. There are mixed feelings about hybrid education. Some families love the idea, other families dislike it, and some families think it is a good option because it might keep students in school longer in case of another outbreak.
-26 percent said they would be likely or very likely to enroll their students in 100% Virtual Learning over in-seat instruction, if given the option. Some families would like this option as they have students or family members with illnesses or underlying conditions.
"We also understand that every family’s circumstances are different, and so our work includes looking for ways to provide alternative options that meet a wide variety of family needs," the email said.
At this time, the district has no plans to alter the August 24 start date of the 2020-2021 school year.
 
"We remain in touch with the local health department and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for their guidance as well as consulting available state and federal public health guidelines."

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