Survey: One Third Of Michigan Teachers Considering Leaving The Profession Due To COVID-19

By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) As a State Council tries to work through obstacles to bringing students back to school in the fall, a new survey shows many teachers are not ready.

The Michigan Education Association (MEA) Survey of 15,000 teachers and other school leaders showed the majority of them worry about returning to school amid the pandemic.

Nearly a third of the teachers surveyed are considering leaving the field because of coronavirus. 

87% are worried about the health risks to students, students’ families, and fellow employees—especially those considered at high risk for COVID-19 complications.

More than 90% say they think smaller class sizes will be necessary for social distancing.  

The same percentage of teachers thought standardized testing requirements should be suspended until more “normal” school operations can resume.

Nearly 75% think teachers and school staff should be required to wear personal protective equipment. Other concerns brought up were adequate cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms; and establishing a protocol to attend to outbreaks of infectious diseases.

The survey was conducted between May 14 and May 22. Nearly half of the respondents were elementary school teachers; about 25% were middle school teachers; nearly 30% were high school teachers.

To view the complete survey, click here.

Michigan announced 206 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 25 deaths among people who tested positive for the virus. That included 13 deaths idenfitied through a process of matching old death records to positive COVID-19 test results. 38,099 Michiganders are considered recovered from the illness after living 30 days post diagnosis.