The new school year starts Monday for most of Northwest Arkansas, and thanks to the Delta variant it’s bringing a whole lot of new worries for parents sending their kids back to the classroom.
A new ValuePenguin survey of parents around the country with kids under 18 finds:
- 74% of parents are in favor of unvaccinated students wearing masks in the classroom.
- Parents in the Northeast are most likely to support masks in the classroom (85%), while those in the South are least likely to support it (67%).
- Overall, 75% of parents whose kids will be back in the classroom say they will require their children, at least partially, to wear masks in school.
- 31% of those parents say that’s true regardless of their children’s vaccination status.
- 44% of parents whose kids are unvaccinated plan to require their kids to wear masks at least part of the time.
- 25% won’t require their children to wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.
But the real question is, will parents be sending their kids back to the classroom this year at all?
- 56% of parents do plan to send their kids back to the classroom full-time in the fall.
- But thanks to the Delta variant, 44% of parents don’t plan to send their kids to in-person school full-time.
- 27% are choosing a hybrid schedule
- 11% are opting for full-time virtual school
- 6% are undecided about what to do.
And when it comes to how schools are handling things…
- 52% of parents are very satisfied with coronavirus-related precautions their schools are taking.
- 37% are somewhat satisfied
- 10% are not really satisfied
- 2% are not satisfied at all