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Parent Survey Shows Overall Satisfaction with Distance Learning

Nearly 80 percent of parents have rated the overall success of ISD 728’s Distance Learning programs as excellent, very good or good, according to a survey conducted by the District between April 8 through April 14, 2020. 

About 2,100 parents or guardians representing ISD 728 families took part in the survey. People also rated access to technology resources “very high” in their answers. ISD 728’s technology team spent much of the time leading up to the March 30 Distance Learning start date providing technology tools for elementary students and for families that did not have access to devices needed for Distance Learning programs.  

ISD 728 staff is grateful for the response from families to help us serve learners in the best way possible and excited to see the feedback on successes reported in the survey:

  • Student ability to work at their own pace
  • Accessibility of materials in Schoology
  • Access to teachers (quick responses from emails, google hangouts during office hours)
  • Flexibility with schedules and the completion of assignments
  • Students ability to complete work
  • Utilizing Google Apps for student work
  • Students are sleeping more/not getting up as early
  • Teacher videos have been a great resource for instruction and social interaction with students

There are some concerns. Parents were disappointed with the performance of application programs such as SeeSaw and Schoology. Both of those applications experienced global downtime when schools around the country went to Distance Learning models in response to COVID-19. 

Many parents are also struggling with the balance of working from home and assisting students while they are in their Distance Learning subjects - something that has been expressed by adults with children nationwide. 

Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order to close Minnesota schools on Sunday, March 15, 2020. ISD 728, like most other school districts, closed its doors to students immediately after the Governor’s announcement, using the March 15-29 time to set up a new model of learning for more than 14,000 students. This initial survey was conducted less than two weeks after transitioning to distance learning, and more feedback will be gathered from ISD 728 families and staff throughout the spring. 

ISD728 Leadership and Instructional staff will take this feedback and make changes in order to improve student and family experiences.  More communication will be sent in the near future. 

For more information about ISD 728’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.isd728.org/COVID-19