A national survey of principals reveals uncertainty about schools' preparedness and ability to handle COVID-mandated protocols

Are principals ready to reopen schools?


A national survey of principals reveals uncertainty about schools' preparedness and ability to handle COVID-mandated protocols

Districts across the nation are rolling out school reopening plans with provisions to keep students safe. But the school leaders charged with implementing those plans have little confidence those provisions will work.

According to a National Association of Secondary School Principals poll of 1,450 principals, just 35.2 percent indicated they were somewhat confident or extremely confident in “their school/district’s ability to preserve the health of staff and students as schools physically reopen in the fall.” A similar percentage (34.9 percent) indicated they were somewhat unconfident or not at all confident.

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“A principal’s primary and foundational duty is to keep students safe in school. Without that assurance, little real learning can take place,” said NASSP Chief Executive Officer JoAnn Bartoletti. “That only a third of principals feel confident they can provide that assurance under the current conditions should give us pause. They are being asked unreasonably to bridge a chasm between the realities of face-to-face learning and the need to safeguard the people in their school.”

Laura Ascione

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