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Summary of Results of the New Jersey Department of Education’s School Closure Parent Survey

July 2020

The shift to remote learning necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the indispensable role that families play in meeting students’ educational needs. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) continues to applaud parents and caregivers for guiding students’ through remote learning while grappling with the personal and economic hardships posed by COVID-19.

In June, the NJDOE administered a parent survey designed to inform the NJDOE’s recently released reopening guidance entitled, “The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education.”

The survey was available online from June 2, 2020, through June 8, 2020. The survey’s goal was to capture the following information: the level of confidence of parents and caregivers regarding school opening in the fall; health and safety concerns for students returning to school during the ongoing pandemic; and perceptions of the effectiveness and equity of remote learning during the spring 2020 school closings. The survey adhered to the following parameters:

  • Responses were anonymous and no demographic, geographic, student grade, or specific school information was collected.
  • The survey was publicly available in both English and Spanish.
  • The survey was accessible through the New Jersey Department of Education’s website and social media pages.
  • No verification step was required to attest that the responder was a parent or caregiver of a New Jersey student.
  • The survey only allowed for one response per device.
  • Correspondence seeking participation in the parent survey was forwarded to schools through the NJDOE’s 21 county offices, nonpublic schools office, external stakeholders, and partner organizations.

The following pages summarize the results of this survey. The variable “n” represents the number of responses received for a given question.

 

Question 1 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 1 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "If your school building reopens in the fall, will you send your child?" Undecided: 35%, Yes: 54%, No: 11%

 

Question 2 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 2 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "Remote Learning has had a positive effect on my child's education." Not confident: 45%, Very confident: 14%, Moderately Confident: 41%

 

Question 3 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 3 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "The current remote learning approach has found a way to effectively integrate play-based learning for younger children." Not confident: 48%, Very Confident: 13%, Moderately Confident: 39%,

 

Question 4 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 4 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "The current remote learning approach has found a way to effectively recognize learning achievements and social-emotional well-being." Very confident: 13%, Moderately Confident: 38%, Not Confident: 49%

 

Question 5 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 5 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "The current remote learning approach considers domestic pressures on caregivers and other context-specific factors." Very confident: 19%, Not Confident: 39%, Moderately Confident: 42%

 

Question 6 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 6 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "If school buildings reopen in the fall, our school can maintain “safe school operations,” such as social distancing (i.e. size of classroom compared to number of students), to mitigate risks." Very confident: 25%, Moderately confident: 39%, Not confident: 36%

 

Question 7 Pie Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 7 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "Before the implementation of remote learning, the methods by which the school population traveled to and from school (i.e. school bus, car, bicycle, pedestrian) made me feel:" Not Confident, 10%, Moderately Confident, 30%, Very Confident: 60%

 

Question 8 Pie Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 8 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "If school buildings reopen in the fall, I would feel safe with my child utilizing our previous travel method." Not Confident: 24%, Moderately Confident: 25%, Very Confident: 51%

 

Question 9 Pie Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 9 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "If school buildings reopen in the fall, I will feel safer knowing my child is required to wear a face mask, if mandated by the Department of Health." Not Confident: 37%, Very Confident: 29%, Moderately Confident: 34%

 

Question 10 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 10 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "My family has access to adequate internet service to support online learning." Not confident: 4%, Very Confident 82%, Moderately Confident: 14%

 

Question 11 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 11 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "My family has access to adequate technology devices (i.e. iPads, Chromebooks, computers) to support online learning." Not confident: 7%, Very Confident: 77%, Moderately Confident: 16%

 

Question 12 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 12 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "My family has access to the necessary tools to protect children from online harassment while they are learning through online platforms." Not Confident: 11%, Very Confident: 59%, Moderately Confident: 30%

 

Question 13 Pie Chart Results  A pie chart displaying the results of question 13 of NJDOE's Parent Survey "My family has access to supplemental support services provided by schools, such as health and nutrition." Not Confident: 11%, Very Confident: 63%, Moderately Confident: 26%

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