CRESWELL – Parents and teachers who responded to a Creswell School District survey appear to prefer in-person instruction to hybrid or distance-learning options as the community considers back-to-school plans.

The CSD sent surveys to families and staff members to gauge interest in the three models for reopening: traditional brick-and-mortar in-person instruction, a hybrid model, or online distance learning.

Survey results from approximately 60% of parents indicated that 59% wanted to return to in-person instruction, 25% want a hybrid model and 16% opted for online learning. 

For staff, approximately 50% responded with 52% wanting in-person, 36% choosing a hybrid and 12% selecting online classes.

“We strive to meet the needs of our staff, parents/guardians and most importantly, our students. Our first priority is the health and safety of our students and staff,” Superintendent Mike Johnson said.

The district is addressing the survey results in part by assessing its facilities for person-to-person spacing to accommodate the six-inch distancing requirement, and is preparing to meet state Department of Education guidelines. The district is researching online programs as well. 

The Creswell Reopening Task Force is preparing guidance for schools as they develop re-entry blueprints, Johnson said, taking survey results into account. District leaders will contact Creswell families and staff for more input on how reopening should look via email on Monday and then play host to a community forum on Thursday, Aug. 6.