SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The results of the recent Return to School Survey were shared at the July 21 meeting of the Spotswood Board of Education. The PowerPoint presentation of the results is available to view online. According to the results, 69 percent of parents and guardians in the district responded to the online Google forms survey that included 11 questions. Memorial Middle School and the Schoenly School had the highest percentage of parents returning responses with 73 percent. Spotswood High School has the highest enrollment of the four schools in the Spotswood District with 706 students. The high school had 477 parents complete the survey.

The first question of the survey dealt with whether parents wanted their children to have a mixture of virtual and in-person instruction in the fall or all virtual learning. Answers to this question from all four schools favored a hybrid of virtual and in-person instruction. Sixty-six percent of high school parents, 58 percent of the Memorial Middle school parents, 63 percent of Appleby's second through fifth grade parents and 70 percent of Schoenly's pre-kindergarten through first grade parents favored a combination of in-person and virtual learning for the 2020-21 academic year.

The majority of the parents desiring online instruction only cited concern over many of the student body not adhering to the recommended health and safety guidelines as the reason for wanting to opt out of a model of instruction incorporating in-person and online education. Current health and safety guidelines for a return to education in the fall include smaller class sizes, wearing masks, social distancing, not sharing objects and hand washing.

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Most parents surveyed preferred a hybrid model of instruction based upon a set weekly rotation that included the same school days in-person and at home each week. Forty-six percent of the district parents answering the survey preferred the set weekly rotation option. Other options were an A/B/C/ weekly rotation and an A/B/C daily rotation. Eight percent of responding parents did not have a preference for the type of hybrid model utilized.

With masks being worn, 20 percent of the parents of students taking the bus to school said they would use the service while 14 percent said they would not. The majority of Schoenly and Appleby School parents surveyed said they would not utilize the before and after school CARES services if offered.

The complete results of the Spotswood School District Return to School Survey can be viewed online. The next scheduled meeting of the Spotswood Board of Education is August 18 at 7 p.m. Spotswood School District students return to school on Wednesday, September 2. Teachers return on Monday, August 31.