Remote Learning Final Survey Results

Final Remote Learning Survey Results Guide Preparation for 2020-2021 School Year
Posted on 06/02/2020
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remote learning photo collageOngoing feedback from Lakota parents and secondary students has played an important role in shaping Lakota’s fourth quarter remote learning experience. Surveys went out to parents at the start, middle and end of remote learning. The final survey recently closed, and results will help Lakota prepare for the 2020-21 school year.

The number of respondents increased dramatically with each survey, with 5265 responses logged for the final survey. About 79% of those responding to the May 15 survey were parents, with 21% being students in grades 7-12.

Many of the same questions were asked in each survey, and the results were consistent as the remote learning experience continued.

“The survey feedback enabled us to make remote learning improvements along the way,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “There are many choices that need to be made about how schools will look this fall and into the future. The final survey asked some important questions and those answers, along with the directions of the state and department of health, will shape our plans.”

Participants were asked about having access to the required resources and whether or not assignments were clear and easy to understand. The surveys also asked about the positive aspects of remote learning, as well as the challenges.Ninety-two percent noted that they had the required resources to complete assignments, and over 84-percent said that they received clear directions on completing the work.

Over 80-percent said the most positive aspect of remote learning was that students could work at their own pace.

According to the final survey, missing the personal connection between classmates and staff continued to grow as the top two challenges for students. Nearly 77-percent of students said that missing classmates was the biggest challenge, followed by 71-percent missing teachers and staff.

Respondents were also asked to rate the overall remote learning experience. The results: 55.5-percent said it was great given the situation and 33.1-percent were okay with remote learning, but hoped that future experiences would be better. Just 11.3-percent thought remote learning could be implemented much better.

Several questions were posed about the possible re-opening of schools in the fall. If there is no vaccine available in the fall but schools re-opened following safety protocols, nearly 74-percent preferred a blended program (some remote learning and some at-school learning). Over a quarter of the respondents would choose an all-remote format.

When asked ‘If there is no vaccine, would you have your children attend school in the building?’, nearly 53-percent said yes, almost 23-percent said maybe and 14.5-percent indicated they weren’t a parent.

School bus transportation will also be an important part of planning for the fall; if permitted by the state and board of health, about half of the students would ride the bus and the other half would have a family member or friend drive to school.

Other questions addressed technology: 99.2-percent had internet connectivity and 96.5-percent had access to a device for student remote learning. 

Lakota’s executive team has been meeting regularly to continue work to make improvements for the 2020-2021 school year for the district’s nearly 17,000 students.

“Our curriculum department is working alongside the executive team to prepare for a return to school in the fall – in whatever format that may mean”, said Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Keith Koehne. “While we certainly hope that we will be able to have all of our students back in the buildings every day, we are preparing for a blended model that combines in-person and remote instruction as well as a more enhanced remote learning program if we are unable to physically return to school. We also have teachers building Model Courses in K-12 to help make remote learning easier if that is part of our reality in the future. These courses will also allow us to launch a virtual learning experience for students who want a 100-percent online education.”