We have reviewed the results from the Learning Models Parent Survey. We received responses for over 92% of our students. The graph is below. In summary, 82% of our families stated that their comfort level to return to school on campus was a 7, 8, 9, or 10. (10 - very comfortable, 1- not comfortable at all.) For students in grades 3-6, 73% preferred On-Campus as much as possible, 11.5% preferred a Hybrid model, and 15% preferred Full-Time Remote. For students in kindergarten through second grade, 90% were comfortable with having their children on campus as much as possible, while 10% were not comfortable with this plan. Using this information, the teachers and I are continuing to plan to meet the needs and preferences of as many families as possible, knowing that it is impossible to please everyone.
Learning Models Parent Survey Results - July 2020 - Google Docs
In these times of challenge and uncertainty, I feel that we are very fortunate to be in a supportive community where we have certain rights and responsibilities to one another.
Remember every student, teacher, and staff member will be recognized, respected, and valued. This fundamental right is an essential part of being a member of our DMP community. This implies we all have a right to expect both emotional and physical safety and members of our community can reasonably expect a heightened level of concern for their health and wellbeing. While it is possible that students, teachers, or staff members might be exposed to COVID-19 in the course of being on campus, everyone can expect that every effort and reasonable precaution will be taken to mitigate that happening.
Our commitment also implies that members of our community have the responsibility to value and care for one another. It means that our interactions with others - friends and strangers, students and adults - should be respectful and courteous. This also means complying willingly with rules and policies designed to keep our community safe and healthy. It means thinking of others, appreciating that their risk tolerance might be different than ours, and adjusting our behavior with sensitivity and compassion. It means respecting policies and expectations even when inconvenient to ourselves.
The challenges of establishing a “new normal” next year will be vast. However, by working together, protecting each other, and understanding our responsibilities to our DMP community, I believe that we can overcome these challenges and become more resilient, resourceful, and adaptable which will only make us all stronger.