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Charleston Teacher Alliance Releases Survey Results on Teaching During the COVID Crisis



The Charleston Teacher Alliance, a teacher advocacy organization in the Charleston County School District, today released the results of its 2020-2021 Midyear Survey on teaching during the COVID crisis. The survey was completed by 744 current Charleston County school teachers.

Here are the results:

  • 744 CCSD teachers completed the survey
  • 50% of teachers do not think instruction should move to all virtual during the pandemic. 38% think it should
    • The organization posed this question in a couple of different ways, but the results were basically the same:
      • 50.2% disagree that it is best for all instruction to be online during the pandemic. 37.6% agree. 12.3% don’t know
      • 49.6% agree that it is best for students to be in school during the pandemic. 38.2% disagree.  12.2% don’t know
  • 77% of teachers say their principal is attentive and responsive to safety issues at their schools
  • Most schools are following important safety protocols
    • 66% of teachers agree that the safety protocols and procedures at their school helps keep students and staff safe
    • 52% of teachers feel their school is doing everything it should be doing to keep teachers and students safe
    • 62% said their schools enforce social distancing
    • 82% said their schools enforce proper mask wearing among students
  • Proper cleaning is an ongoing concern
    • Only 38% of teachers say that their classroom is regularly and properly cleaned according to safety protocols
  • Teachers have concerns about instruction during the pandemic
    • 65% of teachers say it takes much more time to properly plan and prepare for classes. [For reference, 56% teach online and in-person simultaneously, 35% teach in-person only, and 4% teach online only]
    • 74% are concerned that online students aren’t engaging with their classes. 61% say their school provides online students with reasonable support to help them succeed
    • 51% of teachers said plexiglass dividers at their school hinder student learning
  • 51% of teachers say their schools haven’t been able to get substitute teachers when needed
    • Many of these teachers have to cover classes during their planning periods, exposing them to more danger
  • 71% of math teachers said they were required to implement an entirely new curriculum this year
    • When asked to evaluate the curriculum’s effectiveness, 22% said poor, 17% good, 11% fair, 8% excellent, and 42% said it was too difficult to tell or that it was a poor year to implement the curriculum
  • Many issues with technology remain a problem
    • Teachers listed a number of technical issues impeding their ability to teach. These include:
      • poor internet reliability for at-home students
      • poor school internet connections
      • microphone and sound issues
      • online students’ inability to hear classroom instruction
      • Canvas unreliability
      • poor connectivity with district iPads
      • students too young to handle technology

Raw results of the survey, including teacher comments, can be accessed here.

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