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Survey finds majority of Janesville parents want kids back in class this fall, but some have reservations

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Many questions still surround if and how schools will reopen this fall, but one of the biggest questions is how schools will handle classes -- whether they'll be in-person, online or a mix of both.

Donovan Group, an independent firm, surveyed parents at all districts in Rock County about reopening.

They reported the results to Janesville Schools, who shared them with 27 News:

School District of Janesville/Donovan Group Survey

Eighty percent of parents surveyed said they would feel comfortable sending their children back to school for in-person classes -- whether it be preschool or high school.

School District of Janesville/Donovan Group Survey

Half of all parents wanted all learning to happen in the school, while less than 10 percent wanted it all conducted remotely.

Chelsea Ward is one of those parents in that 10 percent.

“To keep them home one more semester just makes more sense,” she said.

AJ Ward is going into the 2nd grade this fall, and while Chelsea says he really wants to go back and see his friends, she's more hesitant.

AJ Ward
(Courtesy: Chelsea Ward)

“If they’re going to go back and it’s going to be just like a regular school year, and they’re going to sit two feet away from each other in a class of 20 kids with a teacher and a teacher aid in one classroom the whole day, I don’t think he’s going to go back for that,” she said.

Ward says it was definitely chaotic in her house when school was canceled abruptly last spring, but she knew it was for the right reasons.

"Especially when the cold and the flu run rampant through school, I can’t imagine how this would have spread through the kids," Ward said.

Now, she's hoping that whatever the plan will be will include adequate safety measures to keep both her family and other families -- especially those with immunocompromised family members -- safe.

School District of Janesville officials told 27 News they would be presenting their plan for the fall during next Tuesday's school board meeting. They expect the board to vote on those plans then, as well.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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