KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
July 7, 2020
By Jennifer Miko
Last month, Katy ISD emailed invitations for families to participate in its Reopening of Schools Parents Feedback Survey. Out of the 95,579 invitations sent out, about 1/3 of the recipients completed and returned the survey. Yesterday, the District released data from the survey, which includes important revelations from parents about the 2020-21 school year.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Katy ISD students transitioned to online instruction in March of this year. Since then, COVID-19 cases have continued to rise, and restrictions on social distancing (to varying degrees) remained in place. Katy ISD’s survey polled families to assess their comfort level with busing, in-person classes, extracurricular activities, and more for the 2020-21 school year.
Results from the survey showed how participants ranked their top three concerns for the Fall semester:
Keeping my child(ren)/family healthy and not exposed to the virus
Providing high quality educational experiences and curriculum for my child(ren)
Providing resources for my child(ren) to efficiently participate in online learning
Important Results from Katy ISD Parents Survey
The District received 31,713 survey responses (from 95,579 emailed invitations). 125 participants identified themselves as non-parents. Their responses are not reflected in the totals below:
49% (15,389) would be comfortable or somewhat comfortable with their child(ren) returning to school for in-person instruction this Fall.
51% (16,185) would be uncomfortable or somewhat uncomfortable with their child(ren) returning to school for in-person instruction this Fall.
43% (13,611) preferred their child(ren) participate in a full-time online learning model.
84% of participants who were "somewhat uncomfortable" or "uncomfortable" with their child(ren) returning to school in the Fall, would prefer an online learning model instead of in-person instruction.
Less than 1% (178) do not plan for their child(ren) to return to Katy ISD in the Fall.
52% would be comfortable or somewhat comfortable with their child(ren) participating in co-curricular/extracurricular activities this Fall.
Implementing Health and Safety Measures
More than 90% of participants strongly agreed or agreed frequent hand washing during the school day was important. They also wanted to be notified of new cases of COVID-19 at their child(ren)’s school(s).
76% strongly agreed or agreed that employees should wear face coverings.
64% said students should wear face coverings.
87% said employees and students should have their temperatures monitored prior to entering school buildings.
For complete results of the survey, visit Katy ISD's website.