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Poll Shows 84% of MD Teachers Against Reopening Schools for In-Person Classes

August 20th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

School is set to start for the vast majority of Americans children. To ensure the safe reopening of schools, administrators have spent the summer implementing policies and procedures that promote social distancing and prevent the spread of disease. However, a recent uptick in Coronavirus cases nationally has many teachers, as well as faculty and staff, questioning how safe it is to return. 


Every day, tens of thousands of Teachers use Fishbowl, a workplace social network for verified employees, to connect with one another and get advice on how to best support the continuation of education and learning during the Coronavirus pandemic. With the recent controversy surrounding a full reopening of schools, we decided to ask our community of teachers one simple question: 


“Do you think your state should reopen schools for in-person classes?


Teachers could answer with Yes or No. The survey ran June 29 through August 3, 2020 and was answered by 5,673 verified teaching professionals from across the U.S. on the Fishbowl app.  


Here’s what we found: 

  • Overall – 73.24% of Teachers answered “No” to reopening schools for in-person instruction this Fall. 
  • Lowest - With just 11.32% answering with “Yes”, Washington, D.C. had the lowest percentage of teachers who think states should reopen schools for in-person classes.
    Following closely behind the District of Columbia are Florida with 13.95%, Maryland with 16.04%, North Carolina with 18.36%, and Virginia with 19.15%.
  • Highest – North Dakota was the state with the highest percentage of teachers who want their state to reopen schools for in-person classes. With 51.35% answering with "Yes", North Dakota is also the only state where more than half of respondents answered that they want schools to reopen for in-person classes. Following closely behind were Oklahoma with 44.38%, West Virginia with 39.33%, Tennessee with 38.21%, and somewhat surprisingly, New York with 34.54%.
  • More locally – Locally, 88.68% of DC teachers answered that they do not think the District should reopen schools for in-person classes, making it the highest in the country. Maryland and Virginia had the third and fifth highest with 83.96% and 80.85% respectively.

10 Responses to “Poll Shows 84% of MD Teachers Against Reopening Schools for In-Person Classes”

  1. August 20, 2020 at 4:50 pm, mac said:

    The teachers are on the front line in this situation. They must feel comfortable in performing their duties but they are answering that they don’t if it includes face to face in class education.
    The counties may be green or yellow. The metrics may be at an all time low but too many people are continuing to be infected with Covid-19. This is still happening every day, every day.
    The school system has the capability to utilize distance learning why would they decide not to?


  2. August 20, 2020 at 5:32 pm, Homeowner said:

    People would rather stay home while collecting the same paycheck: film at 11.


    • August 20, 2020 at 5:52 pm, mac said:

      > Very simplistic answer to a complex problem.


    • August 24, 2020 at 7:17 am, Ken said:

      > You do know teachers are still teaching, right?


  3. August 20, 2020 at 8:33 pm, Joe hanson said:

    Maybe nurses,drs,grocery and restaurant employees should stay home surely these teachers haven’t been out since so afraid and certainly none have gone on vacation and what is marylands infection rate stay at home with less work should be less pay newspaper had nice pic of teachers in training not wearing masks no wonder they don’t want to go they can’t get it right themselves


    • August 24, 2020 at 7:20 am, Ken said:

      > Teachers are teaching – how do you not know this? My son is expected to be online 5 days a week for classes and attendance is taken.

      If you want to complain about something, lord knows there’s plenty to be upset with but teachers staying home and not working isn’t one of them.


  4. August 20, 2020 at 8:42 pm, Bill said:

    That’s fine, furlough all teachers and stay home and teach from zoom,they are no better than any other workers, you cannot set at home and get paid from tax payers money


  5. August 20, 2020 at 10:01 pm, DAVE said:

    NO WORK NO PAY that will solve the problem!!


    • August 24, 2020 at 7:24 am, Ken said:

      > The teachers are working, so you can relax. If you’d looked, you would know that.


  6. August 21, 2020 at 9:32 am, Bob said:

    I thought the teachers still had to go to the classrooms to broadcast. Doesn’t sound like staying home to me.


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