San Marcos CISD survey: More than 60% of students prefer online learning

More than 60% of SMCISD students, or 4,175 students, said they would prefer to attend school remotely heading into the start of the 2020-21 school year. (Screen shot courtesy SMCISD)
More than 60% of SMCISD students, or 4,175 students, said they would prefer to attend school remotely heading into the start of the 2020-21 school year. (Screen shot courtesy SMCISD)

More than 60% of SMCISD students, or 4,175 students, said they would prefer to attend school remotely heading into the start of the 2020-21 school year. (Screen shot courtesy SMCISD)

According to a survey presented to the San Marcos CISD board of trustees, more than 60% of SMCISD students, or 4,175 students, said they would prefer to attend school remotely heading into the start of the 2020-21 school year.

The survey, presented during the Aug. 17 board meeting, also shows that almost 40%, or 2,679, said they preferred on-campus learning.

A total of 6,854 students responded to the survey from 13 district campuses.

A presentation to the district also showed that Phase 1 of SMCISD’s reopening plan required most district staff to return to work in mid-August with safety precautions in place.

As part of Phase 2, students will resume the school year Sept. 8 through remote learning only. Provided an Aug. 17 board of trustees-approved waiver is also approved by the Texas Education Agency in the coming weeks, SMCISD will have the option to allow students to continue remote-only learning until Nov. 2 as part of Phase 3A, and guidelines laid out by the district state students will continue remote-only learning if the COVID-19 positivity rate has not been below 5% throughout the district for 14 consecutive days.


On Nov. 2, Phase 3B would go into effect and could see an additional four-week extension for remote-only learning based on the same testing guidelines.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.