Results of student, staff and parent surveys were provided to the USD 231 Board of Education at their Nov. 9 meeting.
The surveys asked for feedback on remote learning. The student survey had a 76 percent response rate with 2,731 students responding out of a possible 3,587; teacher survey had a 76 percent response rate with 198 out of 250 responding; response completion rate for parents was 40 percent, assuming a rate of one survey for one parent. There were 1,450 surveys out of a possible 3,587.
Questions for students included how much screen time they spend on class work and how much time is spent on assignments.
A slight majority of students said they spend more time than expected on screen (1,176), compared to the minority (471) who said less than expected. There were 1,084 students who considered time spent online about what they expected.
A majority of students (1,565) said they spend the same or more time on assignments outside of class, and 1,166 spend the same amount, or time they expected to spend on outside work.
The student surveys were given through ELA classes because all students have an ELA class, Linda Miesner, director of Middle School Educational Services and remote learning said in an e mail. Staff shared the Google form link with students in class and gave them time to complete it.  The survey was limited to one response per email address.  Grades 5-12 were surveyed.
The staff survey was also given to all certified staff through a Google form link. The survey was limited to one response per email address.  Staff who taught grades five through 12 were surveyed, Miesner said.
Comments from teachers regarding remote learning included: “Many students do not want to turn on cameras,” “Harder to assess learning,” “Concerned with student engagement,” “Technology issues are challenging,” “Harder to build relationships,” “Workload increased,” “Remote Learning going well,” “Remote Learning has been challenging.”
The majority of parents surveyed, 87 percent, chose in person learning, compared to 12 percent who chose remote if given the option.
Fifty-five percent of parents said students could contact teachers as expected; 24 percent said it was easier than expected and about 20 percent said it was more difficult than expected.
The parent survey was given through skyward using survey monkey. All parents were given the link to complete the survey from their skyward contacts.  Parents were directed to answer one survey per student. They entered the student’s name for which they were completing the survey as the first question. The district enabled parents to answer more than one response per email address so that they could reflect the experience of each of the children in their household.  Parents who had students grades five through 12 were surveyed.
The complete survey is available thru the district.