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2020-2021 School Year Planning Survey Results
(07-15-2020)
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STPPS conducted a survey to assess the needs of our families, students, and employees as we continue to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The results are in and provide valuable input as decisions are made moving forward.

"The positive response to our surveys is a testament to the collaboration it takes to begin the school year safely. In STPPS, we are proud to have families who are actively involved in their children's education and employees who know they are respected and have a voice," said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. "We hear the ideas, concerns, and feedback of our stakeholders, and we are taking them into consideration as we move forward with making plans. We are continuing to carefully and prudently make the best decisions for all 55 of our schools, 39,000 students and their families, and almost 6,000 employees."

The parent/caregiver survey yielded 29,234 responses and the employee survey yielded 5,566 responses. Approximately 75 percent of our students, 93 percent of our employees and all 55 schools were represented. All grade levels were uniformly represented in both surveys.

Key takeaways from the parent/caregiver survey:

  • 65.6% of respondents would feel comfortable sending their child to school in person
  • 75.9% of respondents said they are planning for their child to return to school in person
  • 6,502 respondents said they would consider enrolling their child in the STPPS Virtual School
  • 51.4% of students who would normally ride a bus may be able to be dropped off/picked up instead of riding the bus if capacity has to be reduced for social distancing
  • The most common open-ended general feedback response was an interest in virtual school and remote learning

Common open-ended responses about what would make respondents more comfortable were knowing the schools are following and enforcing safety protocols including face coverings, reduced capacity and class sizes, screening, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting

Some respondents questioned how safety protocols including face coverings, social distancing and scheduling would be feasible in a school setting

Some parents/caregivers responded that they need to know a more finalized plan for the beginning of the school year before they can make decisions for their children

Key takeaways from the employee survey:

  • 78.9% of employees who responded feel comfortable returning to work in person in August with currently recommended safety protocols being enforced
  • 27.7% of respondents have concerns about childcare or other personal situations that would make reporting to work a challenge
  • 28.2% of respondents said they would be considered high risk for COVID-19 and 17.5% of those at high risk said it would limit the essential function of their job
  • 91.8% said they have a computer or device at home and 95.4% have internet to work remotely if needed

Common open-ended responses include the need for more information about the plan, more communication, need to know what is expected of them and they need further training on remote teaching and new safety protocols. High-risk employees explained their unique situations and safety modifications that would make them feel comfortable.

The survey results are being evaluated along with guidelines from the Louisiana Department of Education, health officials and the Governor's Office to develop districtwide plans and school-level plans for a variety of scenarios depending on any new guidance that is received and the phase our state is in when the school year begins.

The surveys were open July 6-10 and were emailed, posted on the STPPS website and social media. Employees and parents/guardians also received a robocall and app notification. All responses were anonymous.

Updated plans will be made available as soon as possible to assist families and employees in planning for the beginning of the school year.

The complete survey results can be found at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus.




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