Oakland Unified School District surveys parents on distance learning, in-person instruction preferences


Parents, are you ready to send your kids back to the classroom?

That's the exact question that the Oakland Unified School District is asking, as more and more teachers get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Oakland Unified has sent out an "intent to return" survey, to find out if families are comfortable with going back to schools.

“[It’s] to really get a sense of how many families are interested in in-person instruction now, versus still wanting the option of distance learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “It is the intent, it is the priority for us to reopen our schools as safely as possible, and having vaccinations and access to vaccinations is a critical component.”

However, she would not provide an estimated date for return to in-person instruction, which must still be agreed upon by the teachers union.

L.K. Monroe, Alameda County's Superintendent of Schools, said they currently have no mandate that teachers be vaccinated before they return to the classroom.

“We have 18 school districts in Alameda County,” she told KCBS Radio. “Each school district is approaching this in the way that works best for their county.”

The legislature has put forth an April 15 date for school reopenings. Governor Gavin Newsom has said he wants it to happen much faster than that.