Student learning during the pandemic (closed)

This engagement is now closed. It ran from 2020-07-15 to 2020-07-22.

Results at a glance

The survey was completed by 2383 respondents, with participation from 1944 parents, 231 students and 208 school staff.

This is a brief overview of some of the findings from this engagement. Please review the full report for more detailed results.

  • 84% of participating students said they missed their friends most while learning at home at the end of the 2019-20 school year.  
  • 94% of participating students and 93% of parents said that they do have internet access when at home or at a location other than home.
  • 60% of participating students and 63% of parents said video lessons (for example, Zoom, YouTube, teacher-made) helped them or their child learn from home.
  • 53% of participating students and 28% of parents said they or their child have access to their own desktop or laptop computer. 42% of participating students and 60% o parents said they or their child have access to a shared family desktop or laptop.
  • 63% of participating students and 64% of parents felt that learning from home at the end of the 2019-20 school year affected them or their child with how they feel (e.g. isolation, boredom).
  • 68% of participating school staff found that providing students with remote learning opportunities was the most challenging thing when face-to-face learning was suspended at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
  • 78% of participating school staff said that video communication using Zoom was the instructional tool that worked well for their students while face-to-face classes were suspended.

What was this engagement about?

The purpose of this survey is to collect information and feedback from students and families about their experiences, the impacts to learning and perspectives on learning while face-to-face classes were suspended for the last two months of the 2019/20 school year.

How will my input make a difference?

We’ll consider feedback as we adapt instruction and operations throughout the pandemic to be:

  • responsive to student learning needs; and
  • plan for the 2020–21 school year.

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