USA Today: Parents, teachers are apprehensive about reopening schools

Parents and teachers are in agreement: They expect to see schools reopen this fall, and they’re apprehensive about the idea.

USA Today Tuesday published results from two parallel polls on public education and the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Fifty-nine percent of parents said they will pursue keeping their kids out of a traditional classroom, either by enrolling their kids in online courses or by home-schooling. Parents from lower income households and parents of color were more likely to embrace these alternatives.
  • Meanwhile, nearly 20 percent of teachers said they were unlikely to teach in the fall. For teachers over the age of 55, that number approached the 25 percent mark.
  • About four in 10 parents and teachers say classrooms should not reopen before a coronavirus vaccine is available.

Still, parents and teachers seemed to be in agreement on two possible solutions, USA Today reported. By roughly two-thirds majorities, parents and teachers supported a blended school model, splitting time between in-class instruction and distance learning. By similar majorities, both groups also supported allowing teachers at highest risk of developing COVID-19 to teach online.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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