Slight majority of US parents favor in-person return to school this fall: Poll

Slight majority of US parents favor in-person return to school this fall: Poll
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A slight majority of U.S. parents said they would prefer their children to return to full-time in-person schooling in the fall, according to a new Gallup poll

Fifty-six percent of parents of children who attend a K-12 school said they favor their children returning to school full-time, in person in the fall, according to the poll released Thursday. 

The same poll found that 37 percent of parents said they favor their children returning to school part-time with some distance learning in place, and just 7 percent said they favor their children continuing full-time distance learning.

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Parent’s concern about whether their children may get the coronavirus is a major predictor in what type of schooling they prefer, based on the Gallup poll. 

Seventy-nine percent of parents who favor returning to full-time in-person schooling said they are not worried their children will get the coronavirus, based on the poll. 

Among parents who favor part-time school with some distance learning, 59 percent said they’re worried children will get the coronavirus and only 18 percent said they are not worried their children will get the coronavirus, based on the poll. 

Views were also split along party lines. An overwhelming 82 percent of Republican parents said they want their children to attend school full-time in the fall, compared with 63 percent of independents and only 33 percent of Democrats who said the same, based on Gallup’s survey. 

The majority of Democrats, 57 percent, said they favor partial in-person schooling and partial distance learning, according to Gallup’s poll.  

The majority of parents, 56 percent, also said remote learning was difficult for their household, while 44 percent said it was easy, based on the poll. 

The poll was based on web surveys conducted May 25-June 8 with a sample of 1,202 parents of U.S. K-12 students who are members of the Gallup Panel. The margin of error is plus or minus 6 percentage points.