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Return to School Survey Results

In June, three system-wide online surveys were distributed to TDSB staff, students (Grade 7 to 12), and parents/guardians (current and future). The surveys were designed collectively in order to gauge perspectives of both the remote learning experience and the potential return to school in September. Over 70,000 people participated in these surveys and reported on their feelings about returning to school, their mental health, general well-being, and their experiences in remote learning.

Highlights of what we heard:

Feelings about September - Most parents plan to send their children to school in September and most students feel comfortable about returning. Fewer staff feel comfortable about returning to work.

Schooling Models - Parents and students both favour the ‘every other day’ schooling option, but many would prefer five days a week. Staff are mixed in their preference.

Preparing for Remote Learning or Working for September - Most parents, students and staff feel prepared to continue remote learning/working in the fall if necessary, although the data suggests that remote learning should be more engaging for students and staff request additional supports and resources.

Health and Safety Concerns related to COVID-19 - Parents, students, and staff shared similar concerns related to physical distancing practices, availability of PPE, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting/cleaning practices, and the state of school/administrative sites.

Strategies and Practices to Address COVID-19 Health and Safety Concerns - Parents, students, and staff suggested provision of PPE, soap, and hand sanitizer, increased disinfecting/cleaning practices, adherence to physical distancing guidelines, communication of COVID-19 related protocols, and physical improvements to school/administrative sites as strategies to address their concerns.

Concerns related to Mental Health and Well-being - Parents, students, and staff shared similar mental health and wellbeing concerns related to re-adjusting to school/work, interacting with others, and coping with change, among others.

Strategies and Practices to Address Concerns related to Mental Health and Well-being - To support mental health and well-being, parents, students, and staff suggested support for routines, social emotional learning, and access to supports to address stress and resiliency, among others.

Information Needs for September - Parents and staff requested additional information about returning to school/work and protocols for responding to COVID-19 concerns in an ongoing and timely fashion.

Remote Learning Experience and Summer School - Parents, students, and staff differed on their perceptions of student readiness for September.

Read the full data report here.

Read the infographics text in an accessible document.






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