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Survey: 58% of Killeen ISD parents responded 'total not comfortable' with sending their children back to school

Killeen ISD
Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 20:21:36-04

KILLEEN, TX — More than half of Killeen ISD parents initially said they were not comfortable sending their children back to school, according to results of a survey sent out by the district.

One of the questions parents were asked was, "How comfortable are you today with sending (Ver C: your child/ Ver D: all your children) back to school in the fall?"

Fifty-eight percent of parents responded "total not comfortable." Thirty-eight percent responded "total comfortable."

In regards to their comfort level, staff was asked, "How comfortable are you returning to school in the fall for work?"

Thirty-nine percent of staff responded "total not comfortable," while 56% responded "total comfortable."

Students were asked, "How comfortable are you returning to school in the fall?"

Seventy-four percent of students responded "total comfortable," while 22% responded "total not comfortable."

Parents, students and staff were able to expand on their comfort level.

According to parents' responses:

  • 32% felt "not at all comfortable"
  • 25% felt "not that comfortable"
  • 25% felt "somewhat comfortable"
  • 13% felt "very comfortable"

According to staff's responses:

  • 15% felt "not at all comfortable"
  • 24% felt "not that comfortable"
  • 36% felt "somewhat comfortable"
  • 21% felt "very comfortable"

According to students' responses:

  • 10% felt "not at all comfortable"
  • 12% felt "not that comfortable"
  • 31% felt "somewhat comfortable"
  • 43% felt "very comfortable"

After learning measures the district might take, responses from staff and parents shifted.

Parents were asked, "Having learned more about measures schools may take to reopen, if the district were to take the measures you supported most, then how comfortable are you today with sending (Ver C: your child / Ver D: all your children) back to school in the fall?" The responses were 62% total comfortable and 35% total not comfortable.

Staff were asked, "Having learned more about measures schools may take to reopen, if the district was to take the measures you supported most, then how comfortable are you today with returning to school for work in the fall?" The responses were 75% total comfortable and 23% total not comfortable.

Some of the measures proposed by the district include smaller class sizes and social-distancing, face masks, temperature checks and proper cleaning/ handwashing.

Over 22,000 people responded to the survey. The district is expected to announce its plans on Wednesday, July 15.

Full survey results: