An overwhelming majority of the more than 24,000 educators who responded to a statewide survey by the Missouri National Education Association said they believe school districts should not rush to reopen by an arbitrary date this fall and instead should focus on safety.

The survey was conducted from July 17 through Tuesday. The results showed that Columbia educators are just as concerned about the safety of students and school staff as those across the rest of the state. The survey was administered as there was a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Missouri.

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