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Oaklasnd Unified School District  
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December 7, 2020
Kyla
Dear Community,

I am writing to share a public dashboard with preliminary results from our Fall Family Feedback Survey. I say preliminary because upon request from our community, we have reopened the survey and it will remain open until December 15. I am excited that more people are interested in sharing their experiences. 
To date, almost 6,000 families representing over 7,900 students have responded to the survey. We shared this survey via districtwide email, text, and social media. Many school sites also shared it through their own communications. Our Office of Equity helped reach out to the community. Our community partners helped amplify the message. All materials are provided online in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic at ousd.org/shareyourvoice. If you have not yet done so, please take the survey here.
In case you missed it. We released our plan for reopening for in-person instruction (click here for email). A couple of important reminders:
  • The reopening plan is subject to change as it is dependent upon negotiations with labor partners and health conditions improving in Alameda County.
  • We listed preliminary starting dates (as required by Alameda County) as January 25 for grades PK-2, special education, and Mental Health Enriched Classes, February 1 for grades 3-5, and February 8 for grades 6-12.
  • Families will have an option to remain in distance learning. Staff will have options through Human Resources.
  • Extensive safety protocols will be followed and sufficient supplies will be provided.
The family survey findings are as complicated and diverse as the challenges before us.
Everybody in our community is being impacted in many different ways and it shows up in the responses. Some notable findings:
  • Returning to in-person instruction: Across all groups, there are deeply divided opinions about whether families are ready to return to in-person instruction with many families falling into each of three categories: 1) wanting to return, 2) not wanting to return, and 3) not sure about returning. 
  • Importance of social connections to teachers and peers: The largest areas of concern for families - across all grade levels - was about their students building connections with teachers and other students.
  • Satisfaction with academics: Overall, we see many families “satisfied” with our online instruction, but many different subgroups are expressing very different levels of satisfaction. 
  • Differences between schools: Some similar school sites are expressing very different experiences with distance learning.
Important note about the data.
Looking at the overall results of the survey does not give a clear picture of our district as a whole because the survey sample is not representative of OUSD’s diversity. 

In order to understand how different groups are feeling about returning to school, we need to drill down to view the results for specific groups separately. 

In that spirit, our Research, Assessment, and Data team (RAD) has created a Fall Family Survey dashboard that our community can use to view the preliminary results. The dashboard allows you to filter the data for different groups of parents and students. 
How we will use the data.
The information has already been used to help us improve our reopening plans. Central office teams such as the Office of Equity, the academics team, and special education will use that data to improve how we are serving our community. The family support questions could help us raise external funds to meet specific needs.

Again, this data offers important insights into how OUSD families are feeling about a very difficult year. We will use the data, along with input from our staff, district committees, and public health leaders to continue improving how we support our students, families and staff.
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In Community,
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Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell
Superintendent
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