Albany County Staff Asked About COVID-19, Workload
Albany County School District #1 sent a survey to staff in early January in order to assess sentiment surrounding issues related to COVID. Staff was also asked about district resources, support, and workload.
Results from the survey revealed three major findings:
- most ACSD#1 staff somewhat or strongly agree that they feel a sense of personal accomplishment by working in the district (74%),
- a majority of staff somewhat or strongly agree that they have what they need to be successful (66%)
- district staff’s view on how safe they feel given the board’s recommended masking protocol is split down the middle (46% vs. 47% with 7% feeling neutral)
There were more than 320 responses out of approximately 900 staff members, all of whom received the survey in their ACSD#1 email account.
The first question asked respondents how they are feeling, with the follow-up question asking respondents what was contributing to their feelings. The most common answers for positive feelings were working with great students, having masks be optional, and great co-workers. The most common answers for negative feelings were the COVID-19 pandemic and associated issues, being overwhelmed by the workload, and general uncertainty about the future.
Along with this, about 75.5% of respondents at least “somewhat agree” that they understand the current CDC guidelines and five-day quarantine standard, with there being a near-perfect split regarding the board policy of masks being “strongly recommended.”