Survey Questions

Content Domains and Research Questions

The School Pulse Panel will be a dynamic monthly survey and content will change based on what we learn over time from schools and districts. The content will encompass broad domains, each with a series of measurement items addressing a specific research question. Topics covered by the survey may include the following:

  • Instruction mode offered and enrollment counts for subgroups receiving each type of instruction mode for the 2021–22 school year
  • Instructional program offering during the summer of 2021
  • Mitigation strategies used to reduce risk of spread of COVID-19
  • Use of technology, computer devices, and internet access
  • Special education and mental health services provided
  • Staffing and staff perceptions of established policies
  • Impact of pandemic on school lunch programs

Download the June 2022, May 2022, April 2022, March 2022, February 2022, January 2022, and September 2021 surveys for a complete view of the questions.

Experimental Summer Data Collection

The preliminary data collection during the summer of 2021 asked respondents to answer the following questions.

1. As of the last day of the 2020–21 school year, which of the following was offered at your school? (Select all that apply)

  • Only in-person instruction. Full-time in-person learning refers to students learning in the school building every day of the school week full-time. Include students who take distance/remote classes while in the school building.
  • Only distance-learning instruction. Distance/remote learning refers to students using online and/or paper materials to learn only from home or a location other than the school building. Include students who come into the building for testing or services one day a month or less.
  • A Hybrid of distance/remote and in-person learning. Hybrid distance/remote and in-person learning refers to students who are in the school building for less than a full school week on a regular basis. These students come into school for some days or classes but stay at home for some days or classes.

2. Over the 2020–21 school year, did your school do any of the following to address pandemic-related learning needs?

  • Extend the school year (added days to the end of the school calendar or use scheduled snow days)?
  • Extend the school day?
  • Offer before or after school programs?
  • Require students to attend school on the weekends?
  • Cancel or shorten school holidays?

3. Did your school ever offer onsite COVID-19 vaccination or have a mobile vaccination unit on school grounds for students who were eligible during the 2020–21 school year? (Asked of middle, combined, or high schools)

4. Over the summer of 2021 did your school do any of the following to address pandemic-related learning needs?

  • Offer summer school?
  • Offer summer camps?

5. Are teachers at your school planning to conduct any diagnostic assessments to students at the beginning of the 2020–21 school year? If yes, will the results of the assessment be used to address pandemic-related learning needs?

6. As of the first day of the 2020–21 school year, which of the following will be offered at your school? (Select all that apply)

  • Only in-person instruction. Full-time in-person learning refers to students learning in the school building every day of the school week full-time. Include students who take distance/remote classes while in the school building.
  • Only distance-learning instruction. Distance/remote learning refers to students using online and/or paper materials to learn only from home or a location other than the school building. Include students who come into the building for testing or services one day a month or less.
  • A Hybrid of distance/remote and in-person learning instruction. Hybrid distance/remote and in-person learning refers to students who are in the school building for less than a full school week on a regular basis. These students come into school for some days or classes but stay at home for some days or classes.

7. Estimate what percentage of your students signed up for full-time distance (online) instruction as of the first day of the 2021-22 school year?

8. Please provide the following dates:

  • Start date for students in the 2020–21 school year
  • End date for students in the 2020–21 school year
  • Start date for students in the 2020–21 school year
  • End date for students in the 2020–21 school year