Survey: Arizona Teachers Willing To Return But Concerned About Health

Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:07am
Updated: Monday, June 22, 2020 - 12:53pm
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More than 10,000 Arizona teachers were surveyed in a statewide poll asking for their thoughts and concerns about the upcoming school year.

About 79% said they’re willing to return to the classroom, but Expect More Arizona president Christine Thompson says nearly two-thirds are concerned for the health and safety of students and for the staff.

“Health and safety of staff and teachers and the community was one of the top. But I think that these educators get their all, they’re dedicated to a profession of service to their students," Thompson said. 

Arizona public school buildings closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year on March 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Arizona Department of Education released a plan June 1 for reopening schools in the fall.

Some schools, Thompson says, are considering requiring the use of face masks or shields upon return. But she says there may be drawbacks because a lot of social and emotional learning for young children happens when they are able to see the facial expressions of their teachers.

The Show also spoke with Superintendent Kathy Hoffman about the upcoming school year.

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