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Distance learning surveys sent out by district, state

By Staff | Apr 30, 2020

Surveys are beginning to circulate from the Lee County School District, as well as the Florida Department of Education, to ask students, parents and educators about their distance learning experience and thoughts of moving forward.

“We are conducting a student/parent survey as part of our continuous improvement process. We are committed to making distance learning meaningful for teachers, students and parents. The results of the survey will be analyzed to determine if adjustments need to be made. Our teachers continue to balance work load and educational rigor in support of students and families during this trying time. We know this has not been easy for communities across the world, but we are proud of Lee County for being a partner with us since day one,” Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jeff Spiro said in a prepared statement.

The Lee County School District survey was emailed last week and can be found at https://bit.ly/2Yg03gP.

The district survey includes such questions as if the individual is a parent/caregiver or student; school the child(ren) attend and grade level of child(ren). There are more in-depth questions with answers as strongly agree to strongly disagree, touching upon the technology software being used for distance learning and if the amount of work being given is appropriate, as well as the level of work.

The survey also touches on if the individual has internet access at home and, if not, to a provide first and last name, as well as a phone number.

District Spokesperson Rob Spicker said they have about 200 available hot spots from the additional 3,000 the district purchased after schools closed due to COVID-19.

“Families in need of a hotspot can contact their child’s school to fill out an application,” he said.

Spicker said parents can answer the survey’s questions until the district sends out the follow-up survey, which they anticipate happening next week. The survey is intended to measure the district’s progress.

At the top of the survey, it reports that the results will be shared with building principals and teaching staff, “so that we can make thoughtful and data-informed adjustments to our distance learning plan as needed.”

A teacher survey is going out Friday, Spicker said, seeking the same kind of feedback from them as the parents.

“We want to make sure distance learning is meaningful and balanced,” he said. “With their input we can make any necessary adjustments to achieve those goals.”

There is also another survey, the Florida Education Impact Survey, that is circulating for Florida educators, students and parents to share their thoughts and opinions on the COVID-19 response from the Florida Department of Education, the local school district and school.

The two-minute survey, “is intended to be completed by parents, educators and students throughout Florida to include and incorporate their opinions on the next steps for education due to COVID-19,” can be found at https://bit.ly/3aPcaUE.

The questions touch upon the comfort level of students returning to school campuses and if they believe school campuses will be ready to open by the regularly scheduled start date, after Labor Day. The survey also includes a section providing individuals to provide their name and email address to receive up-to-date information from the Florida Department of Education.