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Teaching and Learning


Jay Percell

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Teaching and Learning


When schools across the nation were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, parents were faced with many challenges regarding their children’s education. After months of being shut down, school districts were tasked with navigating the restrictions and guidelines put in place by the CDC and state and local health agencies in order to make a decision about how the 2020-2021 school year would look for their students. After school districts made decisions regarding a return-to-learning plan, some parents had to decide whether or not to send their children to school during a pandemic. This study was designed to investigate socio-economic factors that contributed to parents’ decisions to send their children to school remotely or inperson for the 2020-2021 school year. Surveys were deployed to parents of children in grades Kindergarten through 8th asking for feedback about their experience with remote learning at the end of the 2019-2020 school year and about their decisions regarding their children’s academic setting for the 2020-2021 school year. Data is currently being collected; this presentation will convey initial findings from the emergent data of this research in progress.


Authors: Jay Percell and Jessica Shindley

Returning To Learning During A Pandemic