In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AASA, the national superintendent’s association, issued a nationwide coronavirus school response survey to provide federal, state, and local policymakers with data about how districts are adapting to the virus, about prolonged closings, and about the resources and information superintendents are relying on. AAS released the results of the survey in June, finding that an overwhelming majority (94%) of superintendents nationwide indicated that they are not ready to announce when their schools will reopen or resume in-person instruction.

The survey collected more than 500 responses from 48 states.

“AASA is committed to supporting superintendents and other school district leaders throughout the country during this challenging and unprecedented time,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We hope school systems will find our survey results helpful as they carefully strive for a safe and healthy reopening process that is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.”

Additional key findings include: 

  • More than nine out of 10 respondents (92%) replied “district-owned laptop, tablets and hotspots” when asked how their districts are providing distance learning while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Nearly all respondents (96%) replied “pickup/delivery of free and reduced-price meals” when asked what, if anything, their districts are doing to address equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than nine out of 10 respondents replied, “devices are provided for students who need them.”
  • More than half of the respondents (60%) answered “we lack adequate internet access at home (student homework gap)” when asked to identify barriers that would prohibit their districts from transitioning to a fully online-learning model.
  • Nearly half (47%) of the respondents reported “transportation/bus service” and one third (33%) reported “student support services” when asked what, if any, contracts their districts have that are not being fully realized because of the pandemic.

This report represents the second iteration of a series that AASA will release about the impact of COVID-19 on school districts and only speaks to the preliminary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on district operations. Click here to access the COVID-19 and Schools: Detailing the Continued Impact. Click here to view results of the first survey, released in April.