By Tara Gibson - April 16, 2020
As K-12 educators are adapting to the new remote and digital teaching world with the shut down of thousands of school districts across the country, this new reality has been a learning curve. In response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic the School Superintendents Association, or AASA, conducted a nationwide survey to gather real-time data from districts in order to capture what this evolving crisis means to schools and their communities.
The survey released is collecting real-time data on the following:
This survey was distributed and received more than 1,600 responses from 48 states between March 13, 2020, through March 25, 2020. Below are some of the findings, although the report represents the first in a series of studies the AASA plans to release about the coronavirus pandemic.
Of the respondents, here is a breakdown of how this portion of the survey was answered:
According to AASA, the data from the survey will be used to track how school districts are responding to COVID-19, describe how ed-technology is helping or impeding districts' ability to deliver curriculum and instruction, to detail the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on our public school system, and use this information with superintendents and on Capitol Hill.
For those who want to participate in the survey, click here.
As this survey was conducted toward the beginning of March there have been a lot of changes made in several states and the majority of schools are now working remotely to teach students from home. The 4% of respondents who answered either ‘considering closing our schools’ or ‘We do not plan to close our schools and will only do so under state mandate’ may be a different number now that we’re into the month of April.
It was interesting to see the breakdown of the way’s schools were communicating with parents, staff, and students. A huge number of respondents replied that their school website and social media were the top ways to relay information, with text messaging and robocall platforms coming in below.
By utilizing technology such as a mass notification system, both texts and calls can be made, as well as social media and RSS feeds. Educators should take a look at the school notification platform they have in place and see if there are more capabilities that could be helpful during this crisis.
Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12, State & Local, Higher Ed, Corporate, and Healthcare, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
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