The multilingual survey is available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Tagalog.
The purpose of this survey is to identify how families with school-aged children and youth have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in BC, with specific attention to their experiences in the school system (private and public). The survey also includes collection of demographic information (e.g., Health District, disability designation, type of learning chosen), experiences with learning since September 2020, experiences and satisfaction with the school plan, social wellness, and in-school and out of school activities.
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As research has indicated that children may play a significant role in transmission, particularly among the new COVID-19 variants, this portion of the survey assesses how the different types of educational settings have responded regarding preventative and distancing measures. Questions are included to determine whether there have been differential impacts on those, such as in private versus public school settings. This section further addresses what parent preferences are about education during the pandemic, and what their primary concerns are.
Brief outline of analytic questions to be addressed: assessing how the school plan has impacted the current learning environment of children, including whether families have had access to alternative learning options, how their access has been impacted, and what their preferences for their children would be. Are people able to access the educational options they want and/or need? Does this different depending on health district or school district? These factors can be assessed along with other demographic characteristics. Private versus public settings can also be assessed to see whether additional risk prevention measures were offered in certain settings versus others.
This section largely focuses on parental satisfaction and confidence with the school plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors are assessed across the various stages of response. Questions ask about what measures have been utilized across different educational settings, how accessible information and testing has been. Further questions assess how households want to receive information related to COVID-19 exposures, and what their experiences have been thus far regarding such information.
Brief outline of analytic questions to be addressed: assessing how families have perceived the school plan since March 2020, across the various stages. Included are outlines of what preventative measures have been utilized within school settings, experiences within the school settings to exposures and isolation events, and how families are accessing, and want to access, information regarding the pandemic and schools. Such questions can be assessed across demographic factors, type of school setting, health district, etc.
These questions are meant to replicate the initial SPEAK survey questions. Although direct comparison cannot take place (direct data has not been offered), we can parallel many of the same questions. Further, we will be able to provide contextual information about households, and how certain characteristics may impact risk or accessibility. For example, we will be able to assess whether parents had difficulty accessing services in their primary language, and whether that impacted their confidence in the school plans. Such factors are critical in understanding the psychosocial factors that are directly related to the ability to effectively prevent COVID-19 and minimize personal, and familial, risk.
Brief outline of analytic questions to be addressed: this will replicate the SPEAK survey that was originally conducted early-2020. We will be able to show comparable percentages to what they provided (although there was no raw data). However, if numbers are similar, the contextual factors are especially relevant to show the nuances to the data.
This portion of the survey addresses social interactions outside of school interactions. There is a particular focus on understanding the role of screen time, and how parents feel children may have been impacted by any changes.
Brief outline of analytic questions to be addressed: assess patterns among families with regards to in-person social interactions, as well as the impact of screen time. We can also use the question regarding most pressing concerns to examine across demographic factors, and school settings.
This portion of the survey can address specific contextual factors that many parents, teachers, and students expressed may not have been considered in the BC school plans. These questions will allow us to separate the data similarly to how the province has separate (health district), as well as separate by school district. The remainder of the questions assess who makes up the household, and what risk factors may be present within the family.
Brief outline of analytic questions to be addressed: assessing how risk relates to types of education used, satisfaction and confidence with school plan, and how barriers are related to factors such as racial identity and primary language. Further assessed will be whether having an adult that identifies as a teacher or other educational or daycare support system changes perceptions of the school plan, and/or perceptions of risk.
Several topics included comment boxes where you can add additional information, if you feel beneficial. There is also a final response box at the end of the survey for you to provide any feedback or concerns.