Stand for Children Tennessee has published the results of a community survey conducted in collaboration with Chalkbeat Tennessee to gauge the perspectives of Shelby County parents on virtual and hybrid learning.
The Parent Perspectives survey was launched by Stand’s Momentum Memphis Task Force at the end of 2020 as officials were considering whether to reopen schools in Shelby County for spring 2021 or continue with the remote learning programs that had been implemented in March 2020 when schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goal of the survey was to highlight the experiences, concerns and needs of families that would factor in their decisions regarding their children’s education for the duration of the pandemic.
Survey responses covered five areas of concern:
- Supervision and support from a family member or qualified adult;
- Reliable Internet access;
- Mental health and behavioral issues associated with virtual learning;
- Academic and instructional support, and
- Consistent, dedicated and quiet space for schoolwork
At the time of the survey, 68.55 percent of respondents indicated an intention to continue with at-home remote learning in spite of its acknowledged challenges, and 40.32 percent signaled a desire to continue doing so until the pandemic ends.
“The responses we received to our Parent Perspectives survey emphasizes the need for more learning options and extended childcare services in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Momentum Memphis Task Force member Arlithia Mackey.
“As Shelby County Schools reopens with in-person classes this week, it is important that families’ concerns remain at the forefront of any discussions regarding learning options that may become available in response to changing local pandemic conditions.”
(View a summary of survey responses at stand.org/tennessee/blog.)