With the first day of classes set for tomorrow, Sept. 11, administrators and teachers are preparing to welcome students back to school buildings for the first time since mid-March.
And according to information received by the District, it will be a majority of students that will be returning.
Assistant Superintendent Marlene Silano and Cheshire High School Principal Mary Gadd sent out a survey at the beginning of August to test the waters as to how many families expected to send their children back to school and how many would instead opt to keep them home for remote learning.
“We released this survey on August 14 in order to really get a feel from parents as to how they feel about returning to in-person schooling,” said Silano. “Mary (Gadd) and I wanted to make sure the parents felt that their concerns were being addressed.”
While previous surveys had been conducted to gauge the general interest of all Cheshire families returning to school, this survey was sent specifically to all CHS parents regarding their children.
“We sent this survey out so we officially get parents to commit to either remote or in person learning,” Silano added.
According to Silano, 13.2 percent of CHS parents felt uncomfortable sending their child to school in person, and therefore chose to opt for remote learning, while 85 percent of Cheshire parents decided to return their children to school in the fall. As of press time, the exact numbers of CHS students opting for remote learning and in-person learning had not been disclosed.
“We are so excited to see our students again, although it is under some tough circumstances, we are ready for the new year,” said Silano.
For Silano and Gadd, the survey served as a litmus test for the District regarding reopening, although the survey did not provide the option for parents to choose a hybrid model.
The Cheshire Board of Education has been utilizing surveys throughout the nationwide quarantine in order to gauge how well distance learning worked in the spring. They are consistently used by local officials to take the temperature of Cheshire families as the District responds to the ever-changing guidance from the State and Governor Ned Lamont as to how to proceed with reopening schools.