July 08, 2020
Philadelphia parents have mixed feelings about sending their children back to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, the School District of Philadelphia released the results of a survey taken by more than 36,000 students, parents, guardians and staff members between June 15-22.
Of the 15,000 parents and guardians who completed the poll, 47% said they would send their kids back to schools under the current circumstances. If safety measures are put in place, 62% said they would let their children return.
That still leaves a significant portion of parents who aren't totally comfortable with the reopening of schools this fall.
Another 21% of parents and guardians said they prefer kids attend school daily but in staggered shifts – an effort to reduce group sizes and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread. Among the 12,000 school staffers surveyed, 24% echoed that sentiment.
The survey found that the top three safety measures respondents believe will help with a safe return are mask wearing (30%), daily building cleaning (14%) and the installment of hand washing and sanitizing stations (14%).
The district also is hosting a virtual program this week to address school safety. The remaining sessions of the "Advancing Education Safely Town Hall Series" take place Thursday. More information is available here.