LAST UPDATE: JAN. 19, 2022

Tracking the Return to Normal: School

Morning Consult is tracking how safe parents feel about their children returning to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic

 

This tracker is part of a series from Morning Consult gauging when consumers will return to normal activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and sign up for alerts.

Of the countless disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, few are as fraught or impactful as shifts from in-person learning to remote schooling. The vaccination rollout is providing a light at the end of the tunnel, but thorny questions remain about timing and protocols for classrooms. Morning Consult will track how parents are weighing these decisions on a weekly basis. The latest results are based on a survey of 528 parents of children ages 5 to 18, conducted January 13-15, 2022. As more results come in, Morning Consult will begin trending to show how sentiment is shifting over time. 

Less than 2 in 5 Parents Prefer In-Person Learning for the Current School Year
Parents of children aged 5 to 18 were asked, "Which is the best model for K-12 students for the school year starting in Fall 2021?"
The latest results are based on a survey of 528 parents of children ages 5 to 18, conducted Jan 13-15, 2022.

About Half of Parents are Comfortable With In-Person Learning
Parents of children ages 5 to 18 were asked, “Based on what you know about the COVID-19 pandemic, about when do you expect you will feel comfortable with your child(ren) returning in-person to school?”
The latest results are based on a survey of 528 parents of children ages 5 to 18, conducted Jan 13-15, 2022.

More than 1 in 3 Parents Believe Schools are Opening Too Quickly
Parents of children aged 5 to 18 were asked, “Thinking about the speed of schools reopening for in-person instruction where you live, would you say that schools are being reopened too quickly, too slowly, or at about the right speed?”
The latest results are based on a survey of 528 parents of children ages 5 to 18, conducted Jan 13-15, 2022.

Half of Parents Believe All Students Should be Vaccinated for In-Person Instruction
The share of parents who at least "somewhat" agree with the following:

*Prior to the Oct 15-17 survey, parents were asked if they agreed with the statements: “All teachers should be vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to the classroom for in-person instruction,” and “All students should be vaccinated for COVID-19 before returning to the classroom for in-person instruction”

The latest results are based on a survey of 528 parents of children ages 5 to 18, conducted Jan 13-15, 2022.

Tracking the Return to Normal

When will things return to normal and what will our new normal look like? It’s a question that business, economic and government leaders are grappling with as more and more Americans receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

To help answer this complicated question, Morning Consult is tracking how consumer attitudes are shifting across a wide range of categories, from travel to entertainment to dining, to gain greater insight into not only when consumers will be ready to return to their normal activities, but how their habits will be forever changed. We’ll be updating these pages every week with new data and analyses. Sign up for alerts below.

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