Poll: Majority of teachers worried that school districts will reopen too quickly

Poll: Majority of teachers worried that school districts will reopen too quickly
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A majority of U.S. teachers are worried that state officials will move too quickly to reopen schools for in-person learning in the weeks ahead, possibly putting them and students in danger amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Sixty-four percent of K-12 teachers polled by Hart Research for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said they worried "that our school district will move too quickly to fully reopen schools, risking the safety of students, families, and teachers."

Just 19 percent said they worried schools would reopen classrooms too slowly. More than half, 56 percent, said that in their opinion schools should continue with remote learning for an additional period of time, while 30 percent supported a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning and just 14 percent wanted schools to reopen completely.


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Seventy-eight percent said they think Trump has called for schools and businesses to reopen for political purposes as he seeks reelection, and 67 percent of teachers responded that they strongly disapproved of actions taken by the president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosBiden taps ex-consumer bureau chief to oversee student loans Tomorrow's special election in Texas is the Democrats' best House hope in 2021 Headhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report MORE in response to the pandemic.

A wide majority, 92 percent, said that allowing students in high-risk medical categories to remain at home was either essential or very important, and 84 percent agreed that teachers in such categories should be allowed to teach remotely.

Many teachers also reported having to purchase their own personal protective equipment (PPE) for the fall, with 86 percent saying they were responsible for supplying their own equipment and 11 percent adding that they had purchased PPE for students as well.

Hart Research's survey included responses from 816 K-12 teachers between Aug. 26-Sep. 1. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

Updated with methodology at 4:45 p.m.