SUSHD’s Survey Reveals Split Among Students About Returning to Campus

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Last week the Sequoia Union High School District sent out a form for students to decide whether or not they would return to M-A’s campus for in-person learning after spring break. Here are the survey results that were provided to the M-A Chronicle:

Out of the total 2272 M-A students, 599 of which did not fill out the form, 1117 students across all four grades opted to return to campus for the remaining semester, beginning on April 5th. Of those students, 1087 said they would feel comfortable attending in-person instruction in the red or orange tier, while the remaining students said they would be comfortable returning in the yellow tier.

Out of all four grades, freshmen have the largest number of students coming on campus, with 342 students, about 31% of the total 1117, opting in. Around 28% of those that opted in, or 312 students, were sophomores, and 21%, or 239 students, were seniors. Juniors had the lowest number of students opting in, with only 224 students, or 20% of the total students returning.

Currently, there is no demographic data about students opting in, but Principal Simone Kennel said that “students opting in are reflective of all the communities we serve.”

Based on the previous plan the District rolled out, 25% of students would attend classes on campus each day for the first two weeks. Given these numbers, this means that roughly 280 students would be on campus during the first two weeks of in-person instruction. Kennel said that with this data, they “are looking at various scenarios based on our classroom capacity and how many students can attend each day to determine cohorts.” More information about an updated plan will be available next week.

When talking about the number of students that were expected to opt in, Kennel said, “I was not sure what to expect, honestly. Initially we were thinking 800 plus would opt in.” Kennel explained that “improving COVID-19 case rate conditions, news this week that San Mateo County will likely be in orange next week…[and the fact that] students haven’t been to school in a year” likely played a significant role in families’ decisions.

Katherine Welander is a senior and an Editor-in-Chief of the M-A Chronicle. During her time writing for the Chronicle and designing for The Mark, she has enjoyed writing well-researched stories about things that happen in the M-A community. In her free time, Katherine enjoys running, listening to music, and spending time with their friends. This year, Katherine is looking forward to being back in the classroom and working with other writers face-to-face.


  1. Great reporting, Kathy. Thank you.

    One important point of clarification.

    The APRIL 5th 25% and the April 19th 50% numbers agreed to in the MOU with the teachers’ union must have been intended to be calculated as a percentage of the student population not of the opt- ins. Rationale is that the 50% goal was only constrained by the 6 foot distancing requirement (ie the District could only accommodate 50% of students at each school site at the 6 foot distancing requirement.). So if the District reasonably wants to start slowly with 25%, I would deduce that must be 25% of the student population which is awfully close to the number of opt ins. As such I would further conclude that teach school should be able to accommodate most, if not all, all of the Spring opt-ins on campus four days a week.

    Worth a follow up in subsequent reporting. Thanks!

  2. Come come to think of it that would solve a lot of the scheduling heartache.

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