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Survey: Majority of Minnesota parents are OK with school reopening, disliked distance learning


Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

Children arrive for classes at Forest View Elementary where social distancing is enforced. In what could be a preview of things to come this fall, a small number of Minnesota school districts and charter schools are using a "hybrid" instruction model.

A majority of Minnesota parents who responded to a survey from the state Department of Education say they are comfortable sending their children back to school this fall - though more than a third remain uncomfortable with or unsure about the idea of reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The department's informal online survey, which was open between June 15 and July 6, attracted more than 130,000 responses and was offered in English, Hmong, Spanish and Somali. It included questions on school reopening and on families' experiences with distance learning this spring, after schools shut down.

Among the highlights: About 64% of parents surveyed said they'd feel comfortable sending their students into school buildings this fall, while 11% were uncomfortable and 24% said they were unsure.


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