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Most Americans say schools should adjust

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/22/20, 04:42 pm

Only 8 percent of Americans think K-12 schools should reopen without restrictions, according to an AP-NORC poll of about 1,000 adults last week. Almost half—46 percent—said major adjustments will be necessary. Republicans were half as likely as Democrats to think schools should use a mix of online and in-person classes this fall. And 9 in 10 Democrats think requiring students and teachers to wear masks is essential.

What are the current plans for reopening? President Donald Trump wants schools to reopen this fall and said the administration would “put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.” Many schools have released plans to continue virtually at least in part. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced it would conduct school online this fall. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, said many of the state’s schools would open in-person following the recommended precautions.

Dig deeper: Read Laura Edghill’s report in Schooled about different reopening plans across the nation.


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Seth Johnson

Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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  • JM
    Posted: Wed, 07/22/2020 05:57 pm

    I talked with a mom, who was with her four children this spring as the public school held "virtual" classes.  It was chaos, with 25 heads in a 15 inch laptop screen.  First, the teachers are both trained and very good at "in class" education.  They are not "home school" online teachers, who don't have 25 kids talking at the same time.  My friend said if public schools continue "zoom" and "google" chaos, she will purchase a "home school" curriculum for each child. Some may use the Christian school, which is 15 miles away. In either case the families may seek reimbursement from their tax bill.

  • Glong
    Posted: Thu, 07/23/2020 11:45 am

    Wait! A poll of 1000 adults is supposed to represent "most Americans?" I don't think so.

  • SamIamHis
    Posted: Thu, 07/23/2020 11:50 am

    We live in a smaller county in Wisconsin with a population of about 24,000.  So far in our county we have had 57 people test positive, 4,528 test negative and no deaths.  Our little town, of less than 3000 residents, came up with a plan of certain grades attending Monday & Tuesday, close school Wednesday for disinfecting, and the remainder of the students attending Thursday and Firday.  There would be online classes for days physical attendance was not occuring.  The school board heard from parents regarding this plan and put it to a vote amongst all parents of school age children in our district.  Over 60% concurred that they wanted their children to return to school full time and that is the plan that has been adopted, with necessary safety measures applied.  Any parent who is not comfortable sending their child to school will have the option of online learning. 

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  Having witnessed how poorly the learning at home experiment has gone with some of my great grandchildren, I am in agreement with children returning to school in our district, keeping both the student and teachers as safe as possible.  I pray for them all.  Letting kids fall behind in education is a real and present danger with long term effects that we may not be able overcome.. 

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