A user survey by the app Fishbowl finds teachers largely opposed to schools in their state reopening in the fall

A user survey by the app Fishbowl finds teachers largely opposed to schools in their state reopening in the fall
Schoolchildren wearing protective mouth masks and face shields attend a course in a classroom at Claude Debussy college in Angers, western France, in May 2020.DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images
  • The professional-networking company Fishbowl surveyed 5,673 teachers who used its app about whether they thought schools in their state should resume in-person instruction.
  • There were differences between states, but teachers largely opposed reopening. A majority of respondents in North Dakota said they thought the state's schools should resume in-person classes, but only barely, with 51.35%.
  • This survey was not representative of teachers as a whole, but many teachers — and their unions — have separately been pushing for a remote fall.

A new survey of 5,673 teachers who use the professional-networking app Fishbowl found teachers largely opposed to reopening schools in their states for in-person classes this fall.

The sample is not scientifically representative of all teachers, but its findings largely align with national polls.

Overall, 73% of the respondents opposed reopening in-person classes in their state.

Fishbowl identified a majority in just one state, North Dakota, as supporting in-person instruction — and just barely, with 51.35% support. In Oklahoma and West Virginia, which Fishbowl said were also among the states most willing to return, just 44.38% and 39.33% of respondents supported doing so.

Conversely, 88.68% of Washington, DC, teachers did not support returning in-person — and they're joined by 86.05% of teachers in Florida and 83.96% in Maryland. The survey was conducted July 29 to August 3.


Many teachers have been outspoken around their concerns returning to an in-person classroom. On August 3, teachers in cities around the US participated in a national day of action, where many expressed support for schools to remain remote.

In Chicago, for instance, teachers and their union helped push the city to keep Chicago Public Schools remote in the fall — backtracking on CPS' original hybrid-reopening plan.

"We shouldn't have had to fight for our students' lives," Sarah Chambers, a special-education teacher at Chicago's Alcott High School, previously told Business Insider. "There are teachers writing their wills."

And it's not that teachers don't miss the classroom; the prevailing sentiment seems to be more one of maximum safety.

"The state needs to be providing more clarity, so we can have some consistency," Amie Baca-Oehlert, the head of the Colorado Education Association, told Chalkbeat reporters. "There is no place that educators would rather be than back in our classrooms, but we want to do that when it's safe."