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The results from the Bismarck Public Schools Reentry Survey are in.

Parents, students and the community were all asked a series of questions about the upcoming school year concerning the coronavirus pandemic, what they believe BPS should focus on, where their concerns lie and more.

12,035 parents, 1,613 staff and 108 community members responded to the survey.

Results:

Question: Once the school closure restrictions have been lifted, will you be comfortable sending your child to school?

Answer:

  • Among parents
    • 46.8% said yes, without a doubt
    • 42.1% said yes, with precautions
    • 11.1% said no, absolutely not

Question: Once the school closure restrictions have been lifted, will you be comfortable returning to work/school?

Answer:

  • Among staff
    • 33.8% said yes, without a doubt
    • 60% said yes, with precautions
    • 6.2% said no, absolutely not

Question: Once the school closure restrictions have been lifted, do you think parents will be comfortable having their children return to school?

Answer:

  • Among the community
    • 28.7% said yes, without a doubt
    • 63% said yes, with precautions
    • 8.3% said no, absolutely not

Question: Rate the following precautions that might maintain or increase your confidence in returning to work/school.

Answer:

  • Among parents, highest to lowest priority
    • 1-Sanitizer, 2-Illness Policy, 3-Visitors, 4-Lunch Location, 5-Modified School Day, 6-Modified recess/PE, etc., 7-Suspending Clubs/Activities
Parent results

Question: Rate the following precautions that might maintain or increase your confidence in returning to work/school.

Answer:

  • Among staff, highest to lowest priority
    • 1-Illness Policy, 2-Sanitizer, 3-Visitors, 4-Modified School Day, 5-Modified recess/PE, etc, 6-Lunch Location, 7-Suspending Clubs/Activities
Staff results

Question: Rate the following precautions that might maintain or increase your confidence in returning to work/school.

Answer:

  • Among staff, highest to lowest priority
    • 1-Illness Policy, 2-Sanitizer, 3-Visitors, 4-Lunch Location, 5-Modified School Day, 6-Modified recess/PE, etc., 7-Suspending Clubs/Activities.
Community results

Question: Considering the parameters explained above in each of the models, what is your plan for school in August of 2020?

Answer:

  • Among parents
    • 87.3% said my plan is to send my child to school to participate in face-to-face instruction
    • 12.7% said my plan is to keep my child at home and participate in Bismarck Public Schools’ provided distance learning

Question: Can you support a plan that offers a choice between in-person education or distance learning as school starts this fall?

Answer:

  • Among the community
    • 66.7% said yes
    • 22.2% said in person only
    • 5.6% said distance learning
    • 5.6% said not sure

Question: Rate your capacity to successfully deliver online/blended instruction.

Answer:

  • Among staff
    • 8.6% said I need support
    • 28.8% said I am somewhat confident
    • 44% said I am confident
    • 18.7% said does not apply to my position

Question: For those that qualify for district transportation, pick the plan that best describes your plan for the fall.

Answer:

  • Among parents
    • 24.7% said my child will use district transportation
    • 44.8% said my child will not use district transportation
    • 13.2% said we are uncertain at this time
    • 17.4% said this does not apply to our family, as we do not qualify for transportation

BPS will draft a Smart Restart plan between July 21-27 after discussing with staff and parents more, according to BPS Community Relations Director Renae Walker, although dates are subject to change.

The plan will then go to the BPS Board for consideration and approval on July 30. After a plan is approved, training and staff development in new health protocols will begin.

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