Fall 2020: Reimagine, Reopen, Recover

Parent Survey Results

Complete results from the parent survey that took place from June 22 through July 8, 2020.


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Responses Based on Survey Language

55,839 responses submitted for the online parent survey
Offered in seven languages
Number of Responses by Language

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Close to 7,000 responses to an abbreviated telephone survey for parents

(Survey was targeted to Zip Codes that had not responded to the online survey)

Please share the zip code where you live.

Number of Survey Responses by Zip Code

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Please indicate the race/ethnicity of your child(ren). Select all that apply.

American Indian or Alaska Native 1.2%
Asian 19.4%
Black/African American 17.1%
Hispanic/Latino 17.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9%
White 56.6%
Did your child(ren) receive special education services during the 2019-2020 school year?

Yes 16.2%
No 79.7%
I am not sure 2%
No Answer 2.1%
Did your child(ren) have a 504 plan during the 2019-2020 school year?

Yes 13%
No 77.9%
I am not sure 6.2%
No Answer 3%
Did your child(ren) participate in the Free and Reduced-priced meals (FARMS) program during the 2019-2020 school year?

Yes 12%
No 84.7%
I am not sure .7%
No Answer 2.5%
Did your child(ren) receive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services during the 2019-2020 school year?

Yes 6.4%
No 89.2%
I am not sure 1%
No Answer 3.4%
How many children will you have in Montgomery County Public Schools during the 2020-2021 school year?

No Answer 1.2%
1 46.9%
2 40.2%
3 9.7%
4 1.6%
5 0.2%
Please select the grade(s) your child(ren) will be in for the 2020-2021 school year. (Select all that apply.)

Grade Percent
Pre-kindergarten 2.0%
Kindergarten 10.1%
Grade 1 11.5%
Grade 2 11.7%
Grade 3 11.9%
Grade 4 12.5%
Grade 5 12.5%
Grade 6 12.5%
Grade 7 13.2%
Grade 8 12.7%
Grade 9 12.7%
Grade 10 12.7%
Grade 11 12.2%
Grade 12 11.9%


Do any of your children require school-system or public transportation to get to school (e.g., school bus)?

YES (60%) 33,680
NO (39%) 21,562
No Answer (1%) 597

In-Person or Virtual Instruction

Do you plan to send your child(ren) to school in-person in the fall or keep her or him home for remote/online instruction?
Plan to send their children for in-person instruction 42%
Plan to have their children complete virtual-only instruction 22%
Have not decided 35%
Does your answer change for different children in your household?
No answer 1.7%
No 93.9%
Yes 4.4%


Who provides remote learning support for your child(ren)?
No Answer 1.4%
Adult family members 72.5%
Siblings that are current MCPS students 2.4%
Outside Care (childcare services/babysitters) 17.1%
N/A–student self-sufficient 18.8%
N/A – we chose not to participate in distance learning 1.6%
Other 2%
If remote learning were to continue into the fall, would you need to find a childcare option during the day due to your work situation?
No Answer 1.2%
Yes 272.5%
No 2.4%
I have not decided 14.3%
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Who Returns First

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Should MCPS return students to learning in schools in segments (i.e., one group of students returns to the building for learning before another group) and, if so, which school level of students should return first?
No Answer 4.1%
Return elementary school students to school buildings first 27.9%
Return middle school students to school buildings first 3.3%
Return high school students to school buildings first 18.9%
Do not prioritize any particular level for return to school buildings 27.5%
Do not return students to school buildings in segments 18.3%
What grades would you recommend return first? (Responses restricted to level based on question 15.)

Grade Percent
Kindergarten 18.6%
Grade 1 16.4%
Grade 2 14.7%
Grade 3 11.0%
Grade 4 7.5%
Grade 5 8.5%
Grade 6 1.7%
Grade 7 1%
Grade 8 1.2%
Grade 9 5.4%
Grade 10 3.6%
Grade 11 6.7%
Grade 12 13.5%

Important Factors

Please identify the 3 most important factors when deciding which schedule is best for your family? (Select up to 3 choices.)
Percent Chosen As Most Important
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Does your child(ren) have access to a device for remote learning?
Yes - children have access to a device for virtual learning 93%
Some of my children have access 4.5%
None of my children have access 1.2%
Which of these devices does your child have access to for learning at home purposes? (Select all that apply.)

Percent Owned
Which of these options best describes your child(ren)’s access to the device selected above?

Child(ren) have access to devices that they can use anytime 86.7%
Child(ren) shares the device with at least one family member 10.3%
Child(ren) has limited or insufficient access to the device 1.6%

Internet Access

Which of these options best describes your child(ren)’s access to the device selected above?

Has reliable access to high-speed internet (89%)
Has access through internet provider, but it is slow (9.4%)
Has access to the internet through a hotspot received from their school (1.2%)
Has access to the internet through smartphone data (4.7%)
Does not have reliable access to the internet (.9%)
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Own Mask

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When school resumes, if needed, are you able to provide a mask for your child(ren)?

No Answer 1.4%
Yes 93.6%
No 5%
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