Welcome and thanks for being right here as we speak. My identify is [your name] and I would be the moderator for as we speak’s dialogue. I’m an [insert role] at [organization or agency name]. The aim of this dialogue is to get suggestions on the prevention methods your faculty applied to scale back the unfold of COVID-19. Prevention methods are actions that individuals and communities, similar to Okay-12 colleges, can take to scale back the unfold of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Some examples of those prevention methods for COVID-19 are handwashing, bodily distancing (you will have heard of social distancing) and carrying a masks.
Your expertise and opinions are essential to us. We’re particularly taken with studying concerning the prevention methods applied at [your school district or school name], the elements that helped or didn’t assist your faculty in implementing these methods, and the way these methods might have impacted scholar’s well being (together with social, behavioral, and psychological) and educational achievement at your faculty.
The format we’re utilizing is a spotlight group that may take not more than [X minutes]. A spotlight group is a dialog that focuses on particular questions in an atmosphere that’s secure from the affect and judgement of others. I’ll information the dialog by asking questions that every of you’ll be able to reply to. There aren’t any proper or unsuitable solutions to those questions. Simply be trustworthy. You should not have to reply any questions that you don’t really feel comfy answering. Should you like, you can even reply to one another’s feedback. It’s my position to verify everybody will get to take part. [Notetaker’s name] is right here to take notes and hold observe of the time. We wish to report this focus group. The recording won’t be heard by anybody outdoors of this undertaking. The recording will solely be used to verify [notetaker’s name] notes are appropriate.
Earlier than we get began, I wish to allow you to all know the knowledge that we be taught as we speak can be compiled right into a ultimate report. The report will embrace a abstract of your feedback and a few suggestions. It could be shared with the Superintendent, different district leaders, or public well being professionals. This focus group is nameless and confidential. “Nameless” means that we are going to not be utilizing your names and you’ll not be recognized as a person in our report of this undertaking. “Confidential” implies that what we are saying on this room shouldn’t be repeated outdoors of this room. Though we hope everybody right here honors this confidentiality, please do not forget that what you say right here as we speak may very well be repeated by one other focus group member. So please, don’t say something that you just completely have to hold personal. The tape this interview is recorded on can be stored safely in a locked facility till it’s transcribed phrase for phrase, after which will probably be destroyed. Could we’ve got everybody’s permission to report this focus group? (Word to moderator: Please receive a sure from all focus group individuals earlier than continuing. If participant declines permission to report however is keen to take part, the session will not be recorded; nonetheless, notes can be taken. Reassure the individuals that the notes won’t embrace their names or some other info to disclose their identification.)
Thank You. There are a number of floor guidelines to comply with throughout our focus group. Focus Group floor guidelines:
- Crucial rule is that just one particular person speaks at a time. There could also be a temptation to leap in when somebody is speaking, however please wait till they’ve completed.
- There aren’t any proper or unsuitable solutions.
- You should not have to talk in any specific order.
- If you do have one thing to say, please achieve this. You’ll be able to elevate your hand to talk or converse up after the opposite particular person has completed talking. There are lots of of you within the group and it’s important that I receive every of your views.
- You should not have to agree with the views of different individuals within the group.
Does anybody have any questions earlier than we start?