06:37 GMT28 January 2021
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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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