Back to School During COVID-19

Parents are faced with a tough decision: Send their kids to school during an ongoing pandemic or keep them home and continue the often difficult process of remote learning. According to a Qualtrics study of over 1,000 U.S. adults conducted in early August, parents with school-age children are saying ‘go’ — reluctantly.

Many parents are sending their children to school anyway

53%

of parents who can send their children to school in-person say they’re planning to

White parents are more likely than other parents to be comfortable sending their children back to school

Of those who have the option to send their children back to school, the following are the portions of parents who are comfortable sending their kids back to school.

0% 50%
White Parents
44%
LatinX Parents
14%
Black Parents
10%

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What do parents prefer for education this fall?

Listed below are the portion of parents who would prefer each option.

0% 50%
Full-time instruction
42%
Remote instruction
30%
Hybrid system
16%
Homeschool
10%
Other
2%

What parents want to see in school

Of parents who have the option to send their child back to school in-person, the portion that say they want their children or the school to do each of the following:

60% 100%
School set up for social distancing
90%
School to enforce mask wearing
86%
Everyone at the school to wear a mask
84%
Their child to wear a mask to school
84%

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