Idaho Statewide Survey of Public School Parents

Fielded by Telephone June 17—July 14, 2020
N=600
What follows is the questionnaire with precise question wording and percentage responses to each answer category. An asterisk indicates less than one percent; a hyphen indicates zero, in some questions the answer categories do not total to 100 percent due to rounding.

1.
In your view…

60% Did it make sense to close Idaho’s public schools in March (or)
36% Was it an over-reaction
4% Don’t know

2.
Do you think your child in [INSERT GRADE] learned more during the time while they were at home, learned less, or did they learn about the same amount as they normally would when attending school?

5% Learned more
71% Learned less
24% About the same
1% Don’t know

3.
Which statement best describes the job your child’s school did during the school closure:

24% The school did a great job
64% The school did the best it could given the circumstances
12% The school could have done a lot better
* Don’t know

4.
How would you rate the quality of communication from your child’s school during the school closure?

43% Excellent
34% Good
15% Fair
7% Poor
* Don’t know

5.
Which statement best describes your child’s teachers during the school closure:

59% The teachers did everything they possibly could to help my child learn
29% The teachers made some effort to keep my child engaged
9% The teachers made little or no effort to engage with or help my child learn
2% Depended on the teacher/It was mixed
1% Don’t know

6.
During the school closure, would you say that most of the teaching your child received was from:

31% A parent
27% A teacher
28% An educational website
* Child self-taught
11% It was mixed
1% None of these
2% Don’t know

7.
Many families had a hard time finding child care during the school closure. Did this describe your family’s situation, or not?

9% Yes
91% No
- Don’t know

8.
Many families faced an extra financial burden during the school closure. Did this describe your family’s situation, or not?

27% Yes
73% No
* Don’t know

9.
Many families had either a poor or no Internet connection during the school closure. Did this describe your family’s situation, or not?

22% Yes
78% No
* Don’t know

10.
Many families had too few computers or tablets needed for learning during the school closure. Did this describe your family’s situation, or not?

24% Yes
72% No
3% School/District provided computer or tablet
1% Don’t know

[Q11-17]
Please tell me if you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with each of the following statements about the school closure.

11.
I could have used a lot more support from the school on how to help my child learn – do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly?

22% Agree strongly
30% Agree somewhat
28% Disagree somewhat
20% Disagree strongly
1% Don’t know

12.
I have a new appreciation for the value of online learning – do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly?

25% Agree strongly
38% Agree somewhat
22% Disagree somewhat
13% Disagree strongly
3% Don’t know

13.
I worry about the impact of the school closure on my child’s mental health – do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly?

29% Agree strongly
24% Agree somewhat
20% Disagree somewhat
27% Disagree strongly
1% Don’t know

14.
If another school closure happens, I would expect the school to be a lot better prepared – do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly?

65% Agree strongly
24% Agree somewhat
7% Disagree somewhat
4% Disagree strongly
1% Don’t know

15.
If tests and assignments count toward their final grade, my child is more motivated to do schoolwork – do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly?

40% Agree strongly
29% Agree somewhat
19% Disagree somewhat
11% Disagree strongly
1% Don’t know

16.
My child has fallen behind academically because of lost school time – do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly?

22% Agree strongly
26% Agree somewhat
27% Disagree somewhat
25% Disagree strongly
* Don’t know

17.
My child learns best when they attend school in person – do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly?

76% Agree strongly
15% Agree somewhat
7% Disagree somewhat
1% Disagree strongly
1% Don’t know

18.
On the whole, would you describe your child’s work packets or school assignments during the school closure as:

26% Mostly busy work
16% Mostly helpful to learning
55% Was it an even mix
3% Don’t know

19.
As far as you know, did your child have online lessons where they could interact with teachers and classmates, or not?

63% Yes
34% No
3% Don’t know

20.
And as far as you know, did your child communicate privately with a teacher via phone, text, or email, or not?

70% Yes
29% No
2% Don’t know

21.
Do you know of schools where there seemed to be more learning taking place during the school closure in comparison to your child’s school?

25% Yes
64% No
12% Don’t know

Limited Base: N=159; know of schools where more learning is taking place (Q21)

22.
Do you happen to know whether these were REGULAR public schools, public charter schools, or private schools? [Multiple Record]

54% Regular public schools
35% Public charter schools
23% Private schools
6% Don’t know

[Q23-27] Here are some things students might miss out on during a school closure. For each, please tell me if your child missed out on this a lot, a little, or not at all.

23.
Getting nutritious meals on a daily basis – please tell me if your child missed out on this a lot, a little, or not at all.

8% A lot
9% A little
83% Not at all
* Don’t know

24.
The opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities, sports, or music – please tell me if your child missed out on this a lot, a little, or not at all.

64% A lot
18% A little
18% Not at all
* Don’t know

25.
Social interactions with other kids – please tell me if your child missed out on this a lot, a little, or not at all.

72% A lot
19% A little
9% Not at all
- Don’t know

26.
Special education services – please tell me if your child missed out on this a lot, a little, or not at all.

16% A lot
12% A little
69% Not at all
3% Don’t know

27.
Having structure, routine, and accountability regarding their schoolwork – please tell me if your child missed out on this a lot, a little, or not at all.

45% A lot
38% A little
16% Not at all
1% Don’t know

28.
Even if neither one perfectly describes your views, which of the following statements do you agree with more?

51% Schools should be focused on trying to get back to the way things were before the COVID-19 crisis as soon as it is safe to do so
46% Schools should be focused on rethinking how we educate students, coming up with new ways to teach children moving forward as a result of the COVID-19 crisis
3% Don’t know

29.
Do you plan to send your child back to school when schools re-open, or not?

81% Yes
6% No
13% Don’t know

Limited Base: N=105; do not plan to send child back to school or don’t know (Q29)

30.
Which are you planning to do instead: home school, rely mainly on online instruction, switch to a different public school, or change to a public charter school?

24% Homeschool
54% Rely mainly on online instruction
3% Switch to a different public school
3% Change to a public charter school
1% Private school
7% None of these/Something else
9% Don’t know

[Q31-39] Here are some measures schools could take to minimize health risks when they re-open. For each, please tell me if it is something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose.

31.
Emphasize handwashing and sanitizing practices – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

93% Strongly support
6% Somewhat support
1% Somewhat oppose
1% Strongly oppose
* Don’t know

32.
Implement a no-penalty-for-absences policy to encourage students to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

74% Strongly support
19% Somewhat support
4% Somewhat oppose
3% Strongly oppose
* Don’t know

33.
Immediately notify parents if a COVID-19 infection is confirmed in the school – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

80% Strongly support
15% Somewhat support
3% Somewhat oppose
2% Strongly oppose
1% Don’t know

34.
Quickly close the school and begin at-home learning if a COVID-19 spike occurs in the community – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

42% Strongly support
26% Somewhat support
18% Somewhat oppose
13% Strongly oppose
1% Don’t know

35.
Regularly check students’ temperatures at school – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

45% Strongly support
31% Somewhat support
13% Somewhat oppose
10% Strongly oppose
1% Don’t know

36.
Regularly test staff for the virus – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

44% Strongly support
28% Somewhat support
15% Somewhat oppose
12% Strongly oppose
2% Don’t know

37.
Require everyone to wear face masks when inside the building – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

21% Strongly support
26% Somewhat support
19% Somewhat oppose
34% Strongly oppose
1% Don’t know

38.
Require social distancing of 6 feet throughout the school day – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

24% Strongly support
30% Somewhat support
21% Somewhat oppose
26% Strongly oppose
1% Don’t know

39.
Stagger schedules so that students attend every other day or half-days – is this something you would strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose?

24% Strongly support
33% Somewhat support
14% Somewhat oppose
27% Strongly oppose
2% Don’t know

40.
Are you confident that your child’s school will successfully implement measures to minimize health risks for students, or do you have doubts?

68% Confident
29% Have doubts
3% Don’t know

41.
Suppose a significant spike in COVID-19 occurs in your community, but NOT in your child’s school. Would you want the school to:

32% Immediately close and begin at-home learning until the outbreak is under control
67% Monitor the situation but continue to hold classes at school
2% Don’t know

42.
Suppose several students or staff in your child’s school test positive for COVID-19. Would you want the school to:

60% Immediately close and begin at-home learning until the outbreak is under control
38% Monitor the situation but continue to hold classes at school
2% Don’t know

43.
Please stop me when I read the situation that best describes your household:

40% Two parents, both work full-time outside the home
9% Single parent, works outside the home
37% Two parents, one at home during the day
2% Single parent, works at home
13% Something else
* Don’t know

44.
As far as you know, does an essential worker live in your household?

77% Yes, essential worker lives in household
22% No, does not
1% Don’t know

45.
Please stop me when I read the highest level of school you have completed:

4% Less than high school
27% High school graduate
23% Some college or trade school, no degree
13% Associate’s degree/2 year degree
21% Bachelor’s degree/4 year degree
12% Graduate degree
1% Don’t know

46.
Are you: [Multiple Record]

87% White
14% Hispanic
* Black or African American
* Asian
3% Native American
1% Pacific Islander
2% Something else (please specify)
* Don’t know

47.
I’m going to read some ranges of annual household income. Please stop me when I read the one that best describes your TOTAL household income in 2019.

10% Less than $30,000
17% $30,000 to less than $50,000
22% $50,000 to less than $75,000
21% $75,000 to less than $100,000
28% $100,000 or more
2% Don’t know

Urbanicity

65% Urban
28% Suburban
8% Rural

Region

16% North
25% East
46% Southwest
14% South Central

Grade Level

49% Elementary (K-5)
6% Kindergarten
6% 1st grade
7% 2nd grade
11% 3rd grade
10% 4th grade
9% 5th grade
22% Middle School (6-8)
5% 6th grade
8% 7th grade
10% 8th grade
30% High School (9-11)
10% 9th grade
10% 10th grade
9% 11th grade

Gender

41% Male
60% Female