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July 21, 2020

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Survey shows most NH parents in favor of sending children back to school

CONCORD, N.H. — A survey of tens of thousands of parents and teachers was used by a New Hampshire task force that developed school reopening guidelines.

About 41,000 parents and 11,000 teachers responded to the survey. It was broken up into four different categories: instructional staff, school or district leaders, student wellness providers and parents.

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Survey: NH parents concerned, but ready to send kids back to school this fall

By Paul Feely

About 70% of parents in a statewide survey report they are “likely” to send their child back to schools when they reopen this fall, with 76% to 80% of teachers saying they plan to return to the classroom.

Those are some of the results of a statewide survey of more than 54,000 school staff, parents and administrators conducted between May and June. The results of the four stakeholder surveys conducted as part of the School Transition, Reopening, and Redesign Task Force (STRRT) were released Monday by the state’s Department of Education.

State education officials said 11,808 teachers and staff, 41,910 parents, 1,041 administrative officials and 1,234 student wellness providers took part in the survey.

Officials said the responses helped shape the state’s re-opening guidelines released last week.

“Through its Stakeholder Surveys, STRRT listened to the concerns of more than 56,000 Granite Staters, including roughly half of our state’s educators,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “This feedback helped the task force craft its recommendations on how to safely return to school in September.”

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State survey: New Hampshire parents and teachers nervous about safety of schools but ready to send kids back

By Ethan DeWitt

A majority of New Hampshire parents are concerned about their children's health and safety if they return to school – and a strong majority of teachers are worried about their own health.

Yet most parents are also prepared to send their kids back to school next month, and most teachers are willing to return too.

That’s according to a sweeping survey of more than 54,000 school staff, parents and administrators released by the Department of Education Monday.

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Survey shows most NH parents in favor of sending children back to school

By Holly Ramer

CONCORD — New Hampshire students of all ages are eager to return to school, but neither parents nor teachers are confident that young children or teens will comply with restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus, according to a survey released Monday.

The state’s school reopening task force heard from more than 56,000 respondents, including nearly 42,000 parents, as it developed the guidance published last week.

About 8 in 10 parents surveyed said their children were eager to return to the classroom, though parents were split on whether that should happen. Asked to rank their preferences, about half said their top choice would be onsite instruction. Depending on their children’s grade levels, between 12 and 15% of parents said they’d prefer remote learning, while 15-21% favored a mix. Among teachers, 38% listed onsite instruction as their top choice, with 27% picking remote learning and 26% favoring a hybrid model.