Delaware Parents on COVID-19: Remote Learning has Been Stressful and Worries About Return to Classrooms
As Delaware and the nation inch closer to back-to-school time, local parents say they’re concerned for the health and safety of their children due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a survey conducted by Rodel and the Delaware Readiness Teams, more than 1,000 Delaware parents shared their thoughts on COVID-19, including appraisals of the just-concluded spring semester, as well as their concerns about returning to classrooms in the fall. Parents weighed in on topics ranging from childcare to health screenings to economic stress.
This summer, working groups convened by Governor John Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting will release recommendations for reopening of Delaware schools in remote, in-person, or hybrid formats. Parents, meanwhile, said some of their biggest concerns for back-to-school include potential exposure to COVID-19, children grappling with guidelines for social distancing and masks, a lack of socialization for children, as well as balancing work and childcare responsibilities.
When asked what measures would make them feel more comfortable before sending their child(ren) to childcare, camp, or school, Delaware parents selected:
Alerts for positive COVID-19 cases (85%)
Daily cleaning routines (84%)
Limiting group/classroom size (71%)
Temperature checks and screenings (67%)
Publicly available plans for instruction and services (54%)
Educator trainings and supports (52%)
Changes in transportation (20%)
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