Results of Weekly Announcement Survey 2019

Weekly Announcements: Survey Results

Firstly, thank you to the 231 people who responded to our survey in February and March.  We are grateful for your feedback, your appreciation and your ideas for improvements. 

Overall, people value the service, are pleased with recent improvements and a majority of readers find the announcements are relevant, appropriate and the right length.  There’s a reasonable proportion (about 10–20%) who find the WAs too long.  We also received some good suggestions about how to improve them.

WA Survey (February/March 2019)
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Are you a member of the LHS PTO?

  • Yes
  • No

Are you a (check all that apply):

  • Parent of LHS student
  • Faculty at LHS

If you are a parent/guardian, what grades are your children?*

  • 9th
  • 10th
  • 11th
  • 12th
  • Not a parent/guardian

How often do you open and read the Weekly Announcements? *

  • I do not receive them
  • Never
  • Occasionally
  • Only when I know there is an announcement or link I am looking for
  • Every week

Regarding the content of the Weekly Announcements, do you find them to contain, on average (check all that apply): *

  • Announcements that are relevant to the LHS parent and student community
  • Announcements that I can find on/receive from other town websites and listservs
  • Too much information contained in the announcements, when a link to an external website would be sufficient
  • A good range of announcements, many of which are appropriate and about the right length

Which sections of the Weekly Announcements are most useful for you (try to select only 2 to 3 most useful): *
Most Useful / Only sometimes useful / Not useful

  • Important Dates
  • PTO News and Events
  • LHS and LPS Announcements
  • LHS Community News and Events
  • Lexington Community Education
  • Community Announcements

What other regular sections would you find useful (try to select only 1 to 2 most useful): Most Useful / Only sometimes useful / Not useful

  • Volunteer Opportunities (mostly student but some parent as they arrive)
  • PTA/PTO Presidents Committee Updates
  • School Committee Updates
  • SEPAC/SHAC Updates
  • PTO Grant Updates

What changes would you like to see in the Weekly Announcements? Are there additional sections you would like to see?
Comments

SUMMARY RESULTS OF WA SURVEY

Are you a member of the LHS PTO?
Number of Responses

  • PTO Members - 195
  • Non-PTO Members - 36
  • Total - 231

Are you a (check all that apply):
Number of Responses

  • Parent of LHS student - 226
  • Faculty at LHS - 2
  • Parent of LHS student, Faculty at LHS - 3

If you are a parent/guardian, what grades are your children?*
Number of Responses

  • 9th - 76
  • 10th - 64
  • 11th - 59
  • 12th - 29

How often do you open and read the Weekly Announcements?
Number of Responses

  • Every week - 188
  • Occasionally - 35
  • Only when I know there is an announcement or link I am looking for - 6
  • Never - 2
  • Total - 231

Regarding the content of the Weekly Announcements, do you find them to contain, on average (check all that apply):
Number of Responses

  • Announcements that are relevant to the LHS parent and student community - 170
  • A good range of announcements, appropriate and about the right length - 144
  • Announcements that I can find on other town websites and listserve - 23
  • Too much information, when a link to an external website would be sufficient - 42

Which sections of the Weekly Announcements are most useful for you (try to select only 2 to 3 most useful):
What other regular sections would you find useful (try to select only 1 to 2 most useful):

CURRENT SECTIONS
Important Dates
Most Useful - 218
Only sometimes useful - 13
Not useful - 0
Total - 231
PTO News and Events
Most Useful - 109
Only sometimes useful - 110
Not useful - 12
Total - 231
LHS and LPS Announcements
Most Useful - 184
Only sometimes useful - 44
Not useful -3
Total - 231
LHS Community News and Events
Most Useful - 82
Only sometimes useful - 131
Not useful - 18
Total - 231
Lexington Community Education
Most Useful - 41
Only sometimes useful - 136
Not useful - 54
Total - 231
Community Announcements
Most Useful - 45
Only sometimes useful - 138
Not useful - 48
Total - 231
NEW SECTIONS
Volunteer Opportunities
Most Useful - 112
Only sometimes useful - 78
Not useful - 24
Total - 214
PTA/PTO Presidents Committee Updates
Most Useful - 57
Only sometimes useful - 96
Not useful - 46
Total - 199
School Committee Updates
Most Useful - 98
Only sometimes useful - 93
Not useful - 18
Total - 209
SEPAC/SHAC Updates
Most Useful - 24
Only sometimes useful - 88
Not useful - 70
Total - 182
PTO Grant Updates
Most Useful - 25
Only sometimes useful - 91
Not useful - 68
Total - 184

Improvements

Next year we will be revising the website to add new pages to reduce the length of the newsletter. We will experiment with a couple of new formats over the summer to see if we can improve readability on a variety of devices, and we will highlight any new or timely information. However, until the MSA software improves, we will continue to avoid images! Thank you for your participation!