Back in March, Fishbowl discovered that 62% of professionals are unable to juggle working from home and childcare. But, with no vaccine for Covid-19 and cases on the rise, is it safe to have in-person classes this fall?
Recently, the nation has started to discuss whether schools will or should reopen for in person classes this fall. As the summer comes to a close, classes will start in the next month. Yet, whether they will be online or taught by teachers in-person remains unclear.
This week, we turned to teachers and asked for their opinion on whether or not schools should fully reopen. We were curious to know what they want this fall and listen to their perspective on educating during a pandemic.
About The Survey: Getting Educators’ Perspectives
Fishbowl’s latest survey asked teachers, “do you think your state should reopen schools for in-person classes?” and ran from July 29 through August 3, 2020.
Respondents could answer with Yes or No. And, 5,673 verified teaching professionals answered the survey from across the U.S. on the Fishbowl app.
Teachers across the country use Fishbowl everyday to connect with one another, get advice, and amidst the pandemic and having to teach from home, offer support. We were excited to amplify our users’ voices and get their perspectives on potentially returning to the classroom.
Results and Posts
Like other surveys, breaking down the data by state reveals that opinions vary slightly based on location. Yet, a majority of teachers are still against returning to their classrooms in September:
- Overall, 73.24% of responding teachers said “No” and 26.76% of responding teachers said “Yes” when asked if they think their schools should reopen for in-person classes this fall.
- Teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and North Dakota were the most in favor of in-person teaching in the fall. 39.33% of West Virginia, 44.38% of Oklahoma, and 51.35% of North Dakota respondents think their state should reopen for in-person classes.
- Meanwhile, teachers in DC, Florida, and Maryland were the least in favor of teaching in-person, from their classrooms. 88.68% of DC, 86.05% of Florida, and 83.96% of Maryland teachers were not in favor of the idea.
Across state lines, teachers would feel safer teaching remotely. Yet, these results do not necessarily convey the teachers’ preference for working at home. In fact, in a survey back in June, Fishbowl discovered that 66.43% of teachers would not choose to work from home permanently if given the choice. It seems that while teachers would prefer to be in the classroom, they’d much rather keep their students and themselves safe from the virus, even if that means working from home.
As states and counties continue to announce their plans for schools this fall, some teachers might be forced to make difficult decisions. As users discussed this week, if it is not safe to return to classrooms but their county orders them to, they might strike:
This conversation (between teachers, counties, and parents) is certainly not over. As summer draws to a close, counties have started to announce their decisions, many of which reflect the teachers’ opinions. These results, however, do reflect the precarious reality of education during a global pandemic, and the hard choices teachers and other professionals are having to make.
Looking for more?
Here’s what else has been happening on Fishbowl this week: