One in 5 US Teachers Plan to Quit if Classrooms Reopen in Autumn - Poll

© REUTERS / Caitlin OchsJane Hassebroek does her schoolwork from home, which she will do for the remainder of the academic year as schools in New York remain closed, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., May 6, 2020.
Jane Hassebroek does her schoolwork from home, which she will do for the remainder of the academic year as schools in New York remain closed, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., May 6, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US public schools face mass resignations by teachers if authorities open shuttered classrooms this autumn, a USA Today/Ipsos poll revealed on Tuesday.
"[One] 1 in 5 teachers say they are unlikely to go back to school if their classrooms reopen in the fall, a potential massive wave of resignations", a USA Today article summarising the poll said.

A parallel poll of parents with at least one child in school – kindergarten through grade 12 - finds that 6 in 10 say they would be likely to pursue at-home learning options such as homeschooling instead of sending back their children this autumn. Nearly a third of parents, 30 percent say they are "very likely" to do that, the newspaper reported.

The COVID-19 crisis prompted nearly every US school district to close classrooms and hastily adopt remote learning procedures such as online lessons.

Three-fourths of teachers (76 percent) said their students are falling behind in their classwork as a result of distance learning, a concern shared by nearly half (46 percent) of parents, according to the two polls.

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