Almost 1,000 Westchester Parents Speak Up About
Remote Learning…so far
There is still time to share your voice to strengthen supports for Westchester families! We appreciate any help in getting more responses to our Spanish-language version and in getting representation from larger districts such as White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and Peekskill. Due to popular demand, WCA extended the deadline of both the English and Spanish surveys to Friday, May 29, 11:45 pm.
On May 13, WCA released its “Westchester Parent Survey on Remote Learning” to better understand the needs and experiences of parents as local families adjusted to the challenges of school closures due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic. This survey sought feedback from parents, caregivers, and guardians residing in Westchester County, NY about managing the education of students during the months Westchester had to shelter-in-place. The survey addressed the challenges of learning and working from home, while simultaneously handling the social-emotional issues brought on by the pandemic itself.
As of May 26th, 911 parents responded to the survey that was offered in both English and Spanish. 63% of respondents resided in Rye, Mamaroneck, and New Rochelle combined. At the time of publication, about 32% of families need to share computers to participate in school and/or work from home. 16% of families revealed that their children are doing either less than OK or poorly when it comes to coping overall.” Several parents wrote comments detailing the logistic and social-emotional challenges associated with Stay-In-Place measures.
The response rate to our survey translated into Spanish was considerably less than the version in English. This may be an indication of our need to be more prompt with translations, do better outreach in the Latino community, and/or a sign that the Hispanic population may face even more severe technology barriers that prevent them from answering our online survey in the first place.
This Parent Survey was initiated with the help of a group of partners who are all concerned with students falling behind academically. WCA would like to thank key partners and organizations who helped us to develop and distribute this survey such as Family Ties of Westchester, Non-Profit Westchester, Westchester Community Foundation, Westchester Institute of Human Development, the Ossining School District, the office of Senator Kristin Gillibrand, the office of State Senator Shelley Mayer, Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, and the Westchester County Youth Bureau.
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