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Most Americans expect schools to reopen in the fall, but a stunning number of teachers and students may not be there.

In an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos poll, 1 in 5 teachers say they are unlikely to go back to school if their classrooms reopen in the fall, a potential massive wave of resignations. Though most teachers report working more than usual, nearly two-thirds say they haven’t been able to properly do their jobs in an educational system upended by the coronavirus.

A separate poll of parents with at least one child in grades K-12 finds that 6 in 10 say they would be likely to pursue at-home learning options instead of sending back their children this fall. Nearly a third of parents, 30%, say they are “very likely” to do that. . . .

The surveys underscore how concerns about the coronavirus will complicate efforts to resume daily routines in American life, from work to leisure to commerce, at least until a vaccine is widely available. . . .

The challenges in the past few months have sometimes been overwhelming, the language arts teacher said in a follow-up interview. “I feel very disconnected from my students,” she said, “and I feel like they’re falling behind.”

To explore the views of teachers and parents, USA TODAY and Ipsos conducted parallel online polls May 18-21. In one, 505 teachers of kindergarten through high school were surveyed. The other national survey polled 403 parents of a K-12 child. . . .

Teachers are struggling

Almost all of them, 83%, say they are having a harder time doing their job, and two-thirds say they have had to work more than usual. Two-thirds say they haven’t been able to do their job properly since starting to teach remotely, a task that most say they hadn’t been prepared well by the district to do. . .

Children’s progress is in peril

Three-fourths of teachers say having to rely on distance learning is making their students fall behind in their classwork, although most predict that they will be able to make up lost ground. By 6-1, teachers say they are worried about their students; half of teachers are “very” worried. . .

Both parents and teachers acknowledge how difficult it has been for the other group to support distance learning. A 52% majority of parents say teachers have struggled; 85% of teachers say parents have struggled.

Technology is working for most

Almost all parents say their children have access to reliable internet service at home that allows them to study; just 3% say they don’t. Eighty-six percent of parents say their children have the software and equipment they need; 10% say they don’t. Generally, parents report that the technology has been easy to use. . . .

Getting a vaccine is seen as critical

A significant share of parents and teachers, about 4 in 10, oppose returning to the classroom before there is a coronavirus vaccine. (Slightly more support returning to school without a vaccine, but in each case less than a majority.)

That day isn’t close. The most optimistic predictions say a vaccine might be developed by the end of the year; the less optimistic ones say it may take well into next year or even longer.

There’s a search for solutions  

Roughly two-thirds of teachers and parents support the idea of returning to the classroom for two or three days a week and using distance learning the other days. About two-thirds of both groups endorse having teachers considered at high risk for the illness continue to teach online, while teachers at low risk teach in person. . . .

Social distancing at school? Good luck with that

Teachers are ready for changes in the school routine next fall. Nearly 8 in 10 teachers say they would be likely to wear a mask while teaching, and nearly 6 in 10 say they are likely to work longer hours. Nearly 9 in 10 warn that they foresee difficulties in enforcing social distancing among their students.

Parents agree. Seven in 10 would ask their child to wear a mask at school, but more than two-thirds say their child would find it hard to comply with social distancing. . . .

Sara Waugh, 37, who teaches computer skills at a high school in Omaha, spent the last week of the school year in the district’s mandatory training on how to teach online, so she can be better prepared for that possibility in the fall. The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the community, in part because of outbreaks at meatpacking plants. “We have no idea what’s going to go on in the fall,” she said. “I can’t even speculate. I’ve heard a hundred different rumors.”

She’ll be there no matter what, she said. “I love what I do, and I feel like what I do can be adapted to a remote learning environment,” perhaps more easily than subjects such as English or science, she said. “I feel like it can be done.”

(Excerpt from USA Today. Written by Susan Page. Photo from tvo50.)

What are your thoughts about reopening schools?

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Jana D.
July 14, 2020

I’m encouraged to see that many parents are considering continuing schooling at home. What is taught in public schools these days is a horror.

Those who are anticipating a save-all vaccine, read some of IFA’s earlier articles on vaccines.

Mel Teoh
July 13, 2020

Father, Your will be done in this situation with teachers not going back to school and parents pursuing homeschooling. Father God You know what best for them. Please allows these people to know You and accept Jesus as their personal savior… In Jesus’ name we thank You.

C D McCage
July 12, 2020

I really don’t like the way the writer pushes the idea of a vaccine being critical. 40% say it is, but more say no? What does that even mean?
We all know the stats on COVID are exaggerated and a rushed vaccine is suspect at best (especially if Bill Gates is involved)!

Janet Orman
July 12, 2020

Schools should re-open as usual. Wearing masks will be impossible to enforce,however, no one ever wore masks during flu season. Masks are really sort of silly, especially for lower elementary. I taught in public school for 32 years, and one of the greatest gains I can see from all this is that there will be more homeschooling, and less government indoctrination.

    July 14, 2020

    I was just going to respond with your same thought, it’s actually better at this time for the kids to be schooled at home to keep them from more government indoctrination that has currently been taught. Maybe, this is the blessing on the flip side of a curse. Just my thought.

July 12, 2020

Father we thank You for Your Sovereign control over our schools. In Jesus name for You are Lord over the little ones, Father I ask that You would prepare Your servants, the ones that call You Lord and submit in obedience to You, that they would find favor and be granted positions to replace those that have fallen to the lies of Your enemies. We pray they would be strong in conviction to teach what is pleasing to You through wisdom and discernment and they would be granted a fair, living wage for all the hard work that they do. May the only fear they have, in the classroom and out, be the fear of the Lord. And we give You the glory for how You will work it out in the coming days ahead.

July 12, 2020

The article doesn’t mention books. If one doesn’t have access to a computer or connection, he or she can still learn from a book.
For those who may be considering homeschooling, there are plenty of solid curricula out there available to the public that include teacher manuals and lesson plans, answer keys, student textbooks, quiz and test booklets, etc.
Parents may want to consider contacting their local and statehomeschool groups who can help with everything from curricula to support to learning your specific state code as it pertains to homeschooling and notification deadlines for the upcoming school year.

    Jana D.
    July 14, 2020


    So true. The homeschooling groups are essential. That’s why my daughter can sew. I didn’t want her poisoned by my dislike of sewing, so I found a great teacher in a local homeschooling group. (And I got to teach cartooning, and journalism, really fun for parents too.) Also, it answers that “no socialization” bromide. (Though “no socialization” would be better than much public school socialization. (read indoctrination)

Karen Secrest
July 12, 2020

Children that have never bern taught computer skills are already behind.
Teachers who have had to fight school board and principals are ambivilant about what can be accomplished in this environment.
However, those parents who have found what the child has been exposed to in public school are now ready to home school to instill values important to faith based families.


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