May 26, 2020
PHILADELPHIA— This afternoon, the PFT released the results from a week-long member-wide survey regarding reopening schools.
The executive summary of the survey can be found here.
The full report can be found here.
“I was thrilled that over 6,300 PFT members shared their insight into what they believe is needed in order to reopen schools. Having this feedback will enable us to continue to proactively and collaboratively advocate for safe and healthy schools. In addition to our significant advocacy efforts around toxin-free school buildings, we now have another massive challenge ahead of us as we work to navigate what a successful reopening plan can look like.
“The feedback provided in this survey is illustrative of the myriad concerns of PFT members, particularly around equity and implementation. Nearly 90% of respondents noted significant concern about the challenges that students with special needs will face in various areas of any reopening protocol, with 74.4% rating this as a 5. And nearly 90% of respondents noted significant concern regarding equity of implementation of any plan.
“It is clear from reading the results that our membership is, rightfully, deeply concerned about the health and safety of their students, themselves, and their families. The results of the survey are not only informative, but also provide important starting points for discussion regarding safety protocol that must be implemented prior to the opening of schools. Our members want to return to face to face instruction, and we know our students and families feel the same. I look forward to working closely with my membership, as well as parents, community partners, District officials, and elected officials, to develop a plan that puts front and center the safety of our students and staff.”
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