NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As the debate
around mask policies for children heading back to school continues
to heat up, and a strong desire from many parents to get kids back
to in-person learning full time, the question of whether children
should wear masks at school is becoming more complicated than
ValuePenguin surveyed more than 1,000 parents with children
under 18 to learn more about where parents stood on masks and
vaccinations when it comes to heading back to school.
- 74% of parents with kids younger than 18 support masks for
students who haven't gotten the COVID-19
vaccination. Parents in the Northeast are most supportive
(85%), while those in the South are least supportive (67%).
- 44% of parents whose children will attend school in person
at least part of the time plan to require their unvaccinated kids
to wear masks, and a further 31% will ask their vaccinated kids to
mask up. However, 25% won't require their children to wear
masks at school regardless of their vaccination status.
- As the delta variant surges, 44% of parents say their kids
won't go to in-person school full time this fall. That
percentage breaks down to 27% opting for a hybrid schedule and 11%
for full-time virtual school, as well as 6% who aren't sure what to
- On the other hand, 12% of parents changed their child's
school during the pandemic so they could learn in
person. Additionally, 32% of parents whose children will
attend school in person this fall say their child's learning
suffered at home.
- Though COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for children 12
and older, 31% of parents aren't comfortable allowing their
age-eligible children to get the vaccine. That percentage
jumps to 39% among mothers, compared with 21% among fathers.
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