Return to School 2020
Our students, staff, and families have done an incredible job with remote teaching and learning. We are working on plans for re-opening school buildings in the 2020-21 school year, and exploring various options based on available guidance from public health experts.
Since we cannot yet predict what September will look like, we need to be prepared for a range of possibilities. We know we can’t do this without your input! We’ve created a short, anonymous survey to help us understand what is most important to you for when we return to school in the fall.
If you know someone who cannot take the survey online, they can call 311.
Take the Return to School 2020 Survey
All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey.
The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
- Parents(Open external link)
- Students(Open external link)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Return to School 2020 Survey?
The Return to School 2020 Survey was created by NYC DOE to compile feedback from families and students regarding the 2020-21 school year as we explore various options for re-opening our school buildings. DOE is currently exploring options based on available guidance from public health experts and we would like to complement this guidance with the perspectives of families and students to ensure we move forward with our community’s interests and concerns in mind.
What is the purpose of administering the Return to School 2020 Survey?
The purpose of administering the Return to School 2020 Survey is to gather feedback from parents and students regarding the re-opening of school buildings in the 2020-21 school year. The feedback collected through this survey will be used by the NYC DOE to inform its re-opening plan.
Who should take the Return to School 2020 Survey?
All students in grades 6-12 and families of students in grades 3-K through 12 are invited to participate in this anonymous survey. Because teacher feedback is integral to our planning for the re-opening of school buildings in Fall 2020, they will be included in an employee survey issued in the coming weeks.
When will the Return to School 2020 Survey be administered?
The Return to School 2020 Survey will open on Friday, June 12. All parents/guardians and students in grades 6-12 should complete the survey by Monday, June 22.
What factors are the DOE considering when making the decision about re-opening school buildings?
We are working with guidance from our colleagues at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Healthy) in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. In addition to the risks posed by COVID-19 directly, we are acutely conscious of the emergence of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a condition related to COVID-19 that has affected children in New York City as well as across the country and the world. We will be prepared to follow guidance issued by relevant authorities as we approach the fall.
Is the Return to School 2020 Survey anonymous? Is it confidential?
Yes, the Return to School 2020 Survey is anonymous and confidential. When families and students complete the survey, they will be asked questions about the child’s grade, the borough where their school building is located, and the name of the school. Given that no identifying information is requested throughout the survey and no access codes are used to complete the survey, there is no way of linking survey responses to individual participants.
Is the Return to School 2020 Survey translated into all DOE supported languages?
Yes, the Return to School 2020 Survey has been translated into all nine DOE supported languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.
How can parent/guardians and students take the survey?
To take the survey, participants should select the link above for their corresponding survey. If the participant needs to select the language in which they would like to take the survey, a bar is located at the top of the page for this selection. After selecting a language they will be directed to the survey in their selected language. The survey is accessible via any mobile device.
How can parent/guardians and students take the survey if they do not have a computer, smart phone or tablet?
Any family member or student who does not have the equipment to complete the survey online can call 311 and an operator will help them complete the survey via phone.
How many surveys should be completed in households where there are multiple NYC public school students?
Families that have more than one child attending NYC public schools should complete one survey on behalf of each child. Families might have children in one school or spread across several grades and school buildings. Completing one survey on behalf of each child will allow you the opportunity to indicate specific needs of each child when considering what is important for the return to the school building.
How should the parent/guardian and student surveys be administered?
Schools should administer both the student and parent/guardian survey in the way that works best for them. The recommended approach for administering the student survey is to have teachers administer the survey to students one day during the administration window. The recommendation for administering parent/guardian surveys is through parent coordinators who can ensure that all parents learn about the survey through their trusted communication approach. The DOE communications team will also use its platforms to promote the survey among parents.
Will schools have a way of knowing which parent/guardians and students have completed the survey?
Given the anonymous nature of the survey, there is no way of tracking parent/guardians or students who have completed the survey. However, schools will receive participation updates that informs them of the number of surveys that are completed for their school for both surveys.
Can schools assist students who are unable to read, have limited English proficiency, or require other accommodations due to a disability in taking the survey?
Schools know best how to empower students to provide feedback on the survey. We ask that schools are mindful of the confidential nature of the survey and extremely careful not to a) influence survey responses in any way or b) attempt to review survey responses.
What if a student doesn’t want to take the survey?
The Return to School 2020 Survey is voluntary. It is a student's choice to take or not take the survey. They also do not have to answer any question they do not wish to answer, although we hope that they will answer as many questions as they can. If a student objects to taking the survey during class time, that student may complete the survey on their own time.
Who handles the data? Who sees the data?
The survey is being administered by the NYC DOE through Survey Gizmo. Given that no identifying information is requested throughout the survey and no access codes are used to complete the survey, there is no way of linking survey responses to individual participants. The NYC DOE will collect and handle the data from the survey.
Return to School 2020: Please fill-up the "DOE RETURN TO SCHOOL" survey; deadline is June 22nd 2020.
Mon, Jun 15 7:21pm