PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new survey of Philadelphia teachers shows that most prefer a schedule of alternating weeks of in-person and virtual education when classes resume after the COVID-19 shutdown.
There’s no overwhelming favorite among the teachers’ preferences of reopening scenarios, but 56% of the 5,900 teachers who responded to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers survey between June 15 and June 23 favor an online/in-person hybrid to create social distancing.
Of the hybrid options, alternating between one week of in-person and one week of virtual instructionhas 53% support. Split daily morning and afternoon sessions were the least favored, with teachers commenting there wouldn’t be enough time to sufficiently disinfect classrooms.
There was no consensus on “A” and “B” groups of students attending school on alternating days, with teachers saying it would be confusing for families.
With any hybrid model, teachers wondered if they’d be expected to teach online and in-person classes at the same time.
The union says it plans to recommend a staggered-week reopening model and says strict disinfection protocols must be set. The district plans to issue its reopening plan in mid-July.