7 in 10 parents worried about their children catching COVID-19 when they return to school

7 in 10 parents worried about their children catching COVID-19 when they return to school

With children starting to head back to the classroom, polling by Ipsos MORI shows a large majority of British parents with school-age children are concerned about the risk of their child(ren) catching COVID-19 while at school. Seventy per cent are concerned about this risk with only 3 in 10 untroubled.

Worry increases slightly among mothers with children at school, 74% of whom are worried compared to 64% of fathers. Those with children at secondary school are more likely to worry, 72% are concerned about the risk of their children catching COVID-19 while 68% of primary school parents feel the same.

Looking forward to the coming academic year, over 7 in 10 (71%) believe it is likely that the number of coronavirus cases will rise as a result of children returning to school, only 8% deem this unlikely.

While almost two-thirds (65%) think most school staff will take lateral-flow tests twice a week, as the government currently advises, only half of secondary school pupils are likely to so the same (51%).

Published at Mon, 06 Sep 2021 09:55:15 +0000



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