Survey shows majority favor returning to school this fall

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Photo credit Maryvale High School. August 2019. WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman

Amherst, NY (WBEN) - A majority of parents, students, and faculty in Erie county’s suburban districts want to see in-person schooling return in the fall, according to a survey of more than 25,000 people across 17 school districts.

The survey shows 68% of those who responded agree that school should resume as normal this fall with new procedures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Just 21.6% believe a hybrid approach of in-person and distance learning should be used.

The results of the survey, which was taken online between June 10 and June 19, have been sent to the State Department of Education and Governor Cuomo’s office, and will be used by school superintendents in planning for this fall.

Nearly half (44.6%) of respondents said that students returning to school would greatly improve their employment situation. Of parents that have a child that will be of Kindergarten age in the fall, 39.4% said they would not enroll their children in school in September.

The survey spanned the Akron, Alden, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Clarence, Cleveland Hill, Frontier, Grand Island, Hamburg, Kenmore-Town-of Tonawanda, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Maryvale, Sweet Home, Tonawanda City, and West Seneca school districts.