The back-to-school season is fraught with tension as school districts and state officials attempt to reconcile the safety risks of in-person schooling with the impact of remote learning on students’ social and academic progess. As the start of the 2020 school year rapidly approaches and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we asked our audience whether they feel it is safe for students and school faculty to resume in-person instruction in the fall. We look at preferences for at-home versus in-person instruction as well as the impact remote schooling will have on access to scholarships and childcare.
As a proponent of sending students back to the classroom, President Trump’s views on the back-to-school debate are reflective of an overarching push toward reopening that has defined his administration’s response to the pandemic. Nearly four months after schools moved to remote instruction in the spring, we also checked in with our audience to see how they feel about the way President Trump is handling the outbreak today.