For some kids, school has already started and for most Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) parents, their children will start learning remotely on Monday. As we all try to prepare for what an uncertain school year will bring, we sent out a survey asking for parent concerns. Half of the parents who responded are worried about their child’s social and emotional development and fears their child has already fallen behind. Six out of seven Spanish speaking parents said they need resources and supports in a different language.
From worries about language barriers and childcare to internet access, families have been reaching out and telling us their fears and thoughts. One parent said they were concerned there would not be testing to ensure their children were on track. Another parent wrote to tell us they were concerned about the impact of screen time and lack of in-person interaction. Their child has been diagnosed with a screen addiction and the single parent has concerns about what the lack of face to face interaction would mean for their kid. Each family has different issues keeping them up at night and all of them are valid. We hope you’ll share your feedback with us.
This survey will only take three minutes, but your responses will guide our team as we make plans to better support you during this unprecedented time. Remember, we are all in this together!