Survey reveals most parents do not want kids to go back to school immediately after lockdown measures lift

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14th May 2020 11:11 - Education

Survey reveals most parents do not want kids to go back to school immediately after lockdown measures lift: A survey by Parentkind has found that the majority of parents polled do not want their children to return to school immediately after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are relaxed. 

The survey of 257,392 parents conducted between April 23 and May 4 found that just 10% would feel comfortable with their children attending school straight after restrictions are eased.

September 2020 was selected by 25% parents as a date they would feel okay with if it was confirmed, while just 7% said they were happy with a July start date. Almost a fifth (18%) said they would put their faith in school leaders and teachers as to when it would be safe to return, with one in ten (10%) revealing that only when a vaccination is made available will they feel comfortable in letting their child return to school. 

Around a quarter (23%) said they would feel reassured when the Government announces it is safe for children to go back to school.

The survey also asked questions to establish the fears parents were feeling due to the pandemic, with almost half (48%) saying their top concern was their children not seeing their friends, followed by missing out on lessons by teachers (38%). 

*Since the survey results were revealed, the Government has announced plans for a phased reopening of schools, starting with Year 6 children as well as Reception and Year one pupils, from 1 June. 



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