THE SURVEY QUESTION THAT DICKSON COUNTY SCHOOLS DIDN’T ASK PARENTS

By Dave Barkholz

Do you plan to send your children back to Dickson County Schools in the fall if they start with any scenario other than a normal, five-day classroom schedule? Yes or no?
That’s the crucial question that the district didn’t ask in a 10-question survey sent to the parents of students Monday.
The district developed the survey as part of contingency planning for the fall. 
It wants to open with a traditional five days in the classroom for the district’s 8,300 students.
But it is planning for alternative schedules ranging from fully online coursework to hybrid schedules that include one or two days of classroom work with the remaining days online.
The district did ask in its 10-question survey whether parents intended to send their children back in the fall. But it did not ask if they were willing under various scenarios. In short, are you willing to say yes or no not knowing exactly what you’ll be getting on August 3.
The district says community coronavirus infection rates and social-distancing guidance will help determine how schools open on August 3rd in Dickson County. See our story below.
But, as parents, can you or are you willing to wait to see how the district opens, especially if you are working and have childcare concerns? Or are you looking to other contingencies, such as private schools or home-schooling?
So if you are a parent of a Dickson County Schools student, please fill out the district’s survey.
And please answer here the question that the district didn’t ask on the survey: Do you plan to send your child(ren) back to Dickson County Schools in the fall if they start with any scenario other than a normal, five-day classroom schedule. Yes or no?
Please answer yes or no by clicking on the comment section to this post. And leave a reason if you’d like. If you don’t mind talking about your answer, please email contact information to me, News Director Dave Barkholz, at news@wdkn.com. Thank you. We will be writing a story about our results and closely following developments at the school district. DRB

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