Source: Sacramento Bee

This was also published in The San Luis Obispo Tribune and The Fresno Bee.

Nearly 90 percent California parents surveyed are worried about their children falling behind academically due to school closures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new poll released by student equity advocates.

The survey, which took place between March 26 and April 1, included responses from more than 1,200 parents from across the state.

“Communicating effectively with parents when schools close is no easy task, and teachers, principals, and district administrators deserve a lot of credit,” said Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust-West. 

“But this is a time to accelerate our work. The poll results show that parents want consistent contact with their children’s teachers and are still lacking equitable access to academic resources. Right now, we must step up planning to ensure teachers and school leaders have the resources they need to stop learning gaps in their tracks when schools reopen.”