Parents agree their child learns best in school.

Parents want to send their child back to school in person.

Parents say they trust in school leadership to provide measures that ensure children’s safety.

I would push for schools to open back in the fall for sure. Kids just weren’t learning very much at home and we could only help them with so much.

Parents support practical health measures.

Schools should encourage handwashing and notify parents about known infections in the school.

Parents are less supportive of measures like requiring face masks, staggered schedules, and social distancing. On the whole, parents prefer to eliminate penalties for absences and encourage sick kids to stay home.

I would like it to be easier for teachers and kids to miss school if they are feeling sick. Get rid of attendance rewards. If schools got rid of that completely, maybe people would start to stay home a little bit more when they are feeling sick.

Parents expect schools will be better prepared this fall.

Parents agree that schools and teachers handled the spring shutdown well.

Most parents believe Idaho educators performed well “given the circumstances.” Communication was strong and most thought teachers “did everything they possibly could” to help their child learn. In terms of another shutdown, 89 percent of parents agree, “if another school closure happens, I would expect the school to be a lot better prepared.”

I think it was a sensible reaction. This has never happened before for us so I was grateful that they erred on the side of caution…
Going forward, I’d have a different grading scale. I would expect improvement over the summer for the upcoming school season.

Many families have inadequate internet and devices.

Connectivity will likely affect children’s ability to learn if there’s another school shutdown.

About 1 in 4 parents say their homes needed better internet and more devices for learning during the school closure. About the same number expressed concern about their child’s mental health and about making ends meet.

My kids are fortunate they have access to devices and that they have parents who are engaged. However, that is not the case for every kid. There’s a huge disparity in access to education and remote learning has highlighted that.

Social interaction was the biggest loss when schools closed.

Parents reported that friends, sports, and accountability are fundamental needs exclusive to attending school in person.

Most parents agreed the biggest losses for kids during school closures were social interactions with other kids and extracurricular opportunities such as sports or music. Having a structure, routine, and accountability regarding their schoolwork were also important losses. Very few parents felt that their child missed out a lot on getting special education services and nutritious meals.

Work had to be turned in, but students weren’t being taught. The way my kids tend to learn best is in a classroom setting with a teacher describing the information and then having the students discuss and ask questions while learning from each other.

Idaho parents have a desire to return to normalcy.

Parents are more interested in returning to the way things were than rethinking education as a result of COVID-19.

While most of the nation’s parents (61%) want schools to rethink how students are educated in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, most of Idaho’s parents (51%) want the schools to get back to the way things were as soon as it is safe to do so.

I am ready for it to just go back to normal. I work from home. I think it is good for my kids to be able to go to school and listen to another adult and learn how to behave from other people than just me.