By JOHN MOORLACH | Senate Press Release

Senator John M. W. Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, today released the results of a recent survey of his constituents in the 37th Senate District regarding reopening schools. Over 90 percent of the respondents want the right to choose whether to participate in either distance learning or engage full time in in-person classes.

“The survey strongly suggests parents and guardians want a choice in how, where and when their child is educated, while protecting the health and safety of all children and educators, as well as their families at home,” said Moorlach.

The survey received more than 2,500 responses.  Seventy percent of respondents were parents, 20 percent were grandparents and the rest were guardians or other parties invested in the well-being of our students.  Out of the respondents:

  • 57 percent have two or more children in school;
  • 65 percent have children in grades TK-12; and
  • 71 percent have their child or children in public school.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19, our communities have been asked to change nearly all daily activities for what was believed to be a short-term problem,” Moorlach said. “This spring, as we came to the end of the school year, parents, school districts and teachers worked hard to adjust to the new world with all school districts in Orange County going to a distance learning model.”

When asked how distance learning impacted families:

  • approximately 50 percent of respondents said the distance learning during the last part of the school year did not meet expectations;
  • nearly 60 percent of respondents said their child spent, on average, three hours per day or less online; and
  • over 50 percent of respondents felt comfortable with their children returning to school full time.

“Parents comments revealed a wide variety of stresses related to closing schools, including financial struggles, emotional and cognitive damage to children, damage to family relationships, regression in academic intellect and many others,” said Moorlach.  “The recurring theme of the survey comments is that there is ‘no one-size-fits-all answer.’  Bottom line – people know what is best for their families and how their communities should best respond to a public health concern in the short- and long-term.”

For additional survey results, click here.

This press release originally appeared on the Senate website. Read it here.