GIPS release survey results on what parents think about in-person classes
Grand Island just entered phase two of re-opening and as things open up the question on whether in-person classes will start in the fall, is on people's minds. Grand Island Public Schools during their board of education retreat Thursday, released survey results taken by parents on whether or not they would allow their kids to attend in-person classes during a pandemic.
The survey went out to every parent in the district. It was sent through email, phone or text on June 14th, 2020, and parents had until June 19, 2020 to respond. All the GIPS schools survey participation rate was 40 percent or higher. 3, 589 parents took the survey. 3053 people took the English survey and 536 people took the Spanish one.
They asked several questions about returning back to school. It was asked by grade level. Here are some of the questions:
1. If GIPS is permitted to open buildings with restrictions will you send your kids to school?
Yes, my students will attend
No, my students will utilize e-learning
2. Which of these best describes your thoughts on GIPS students in your household wearing masks while at school?
a. My students can and will wear masks or face coverings at school.
b. My students are willing to wear masks but I'm not sure how well they will follow the rules.
c. My students probably won't wear masks or face coverings at school.
d. My students will not attend school if they are required to wear masks or face coverings at school.
These two questions are what the school board focused on in the meeting because this will determine whether or not parents will send their kids to school. The results are very telling.
If you look above the graph shows survey results. Dark purple, yes my students will attend. Light purple, yes my students will attend but not if they are required to wear masks. Black, my students will utilize eLearning.
The meeting also mentioned ways they will approach the fall semester if in-person classes will resume or not. The school board mentioned they are taking precautions to make sure everyone stays safe. They hope to resume classes but will monitor how the pandemic affects the country and Grand Island.
Dr. Tawana Grover, superintendent of GIPS said they will not force parents to attend in-person classes if they don't feel comfortable, "There will be opportunities for us to have students on sight but the virtual option is still there."
For more on what GIPS is planning for the next school year watch the meeting