Reopening of Schools Survey Results

  • Between July 6 and 12, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) administered two brief online surveys (one to staff; one to families) to seek additional feedback related to planning for the Fall 2020 reopening of schools. The brief surveys were designed to gauge stakeholder preferences and considerations to inform future decisions regarding potential design options for the reopening of school during the continuing COVID pandemic. This attachment includes a summary of overall results and key findings, results by survey topic with key findings, and appendices with additional disaggregated data including: race/ethnicity, grade bands, special program participation (SWD, EL, TAG), staff role, and preferences between 100% virtual or a hybrid learning model.


    The reopening survey saw historic participation results with 11,852 family responses and more than 2,000 staff responses. Notably, our traditionally underrepresented family groups responded in relatively strong numbers. The data represents a snapshot in time and this survey represents just one data source. 

    Key Survey Results 

    What the responses revealed to us was a community fairly split with 60% of our families indicating they would prefer a hybrid approach for reopening school in the fall, while 40% preferring a fully-virtual approach. White families were most likely to choose the hybrid model (72%) compared with Hispanic/Latino (53%) and Black/African American families (48%).

    Across grades levels, PreK-2  (65%) and grades 9-12 (63%) were more in favor of hybrid than those families of students in grades 3-5 (58%) and 6-8 (54%).

    A total of 63% of our staff said they were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to return to work onsite given a hybrid approach in the fall. No large differences were noticed across grade level bands amongst staff.

    We learned that for both our families and our staff, the top priorities were ensuring the physical health and safety of students and employees and their immediate families.

    A vast majority of families and staff strongly supported the safety measures that we queried in the survey.  For example, on-site temperature checks were supported by 93% of both staff and families, and regular hand washing supported by 97%. Wearing a face covering was supported by 88% of families and 90% of staff and 93% of both families and staff supported maintaining social distancing.

    In terms of transportation, 37% of families said they would use ACPS buses, a useful statistic in terms of planning.

    For More Details:

    Refer to the Board Brief: Alexandria City Public Schools Reopening of Schools Survey Results

     View the presentation that includes a summary of the reopening survey results and a presentation on scheduling