BAPS surveys parents, staff on indoor mask policy
On Sept. 24, Broken Arrow Public Schools sent out an electronic survey to both parents/guardians and staff, seeking their input about an indoor mask policy. Results were tabulated over a week’s period, with the following question posed: “Are you in favor or not in favor of an indoor mask policy requiring all students and staff to wear masks indoors, with the ability to ‘opt-out’ based on medical, religious or strong personal beliefs?”
The results are as follows:
- 60.92% voted NOT in favor of a mask policy
- 39.08% voted in FAVOR of a mask policy
- 61.56% voted NOT in favor of a mask policy
- 38.44% voted in FAVOR of a mask policy
The survey for the parents/guardians had a participation of 5,066 votes, while the staff survey received 1,267 votes. Three different pieces of information were asked of the parents/guardians to validate their vote, including student ID number, school site and grade level. Staff votes were validated by employee ID number and site/school. The votes provided essential data used to validate the results, including cross-referencing with the Student Information System and enrollment data. Invalid votes were removed if there were duplicate votes through one number, votes for both choices being cast and votes with no answer selected.
The Board of Education will examine the survey results and discuss them at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, at the Education Service Center.