Parents concerned about COVID-19 in schools, 8 in 10 support mask mandates: survey
|globalnews.ca 12 Oct 2021 at 08:51|
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The majority of respondents in a newly released Canada-wide survey say they are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in schools and want children and staff to wear masks .
was done by phone between Sept. 3 and Sept. 28. It asked 1,000 people about any worries in sending kids to school and their thoughts on what public health orders should be in place.
Most respondents (89 per cent) said they were vaccinated. Of those with children 12 and older who are eligible to get a dose, 81 per cent said their kids were also vaccinated.
“Those who are vaccinated are more likely to have kids who are vaccinated and want to see the kids in the schools and staff wearing masks,” said research director Jason Disano.
The survey said respondents were largely confident in the safeguards at their children’s schools.
Disano said it was interesting to see that unvaccinated parents were more likely to trust other parents to keep kids home if they are showing symptoms.
“That’s aligning with the views of those who are unvaccinated…that there’s a level of person responsibility,” he said.
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Many (70 per cent) respondents said they were still concerned about the spread of the virus in schools in their area. Sixty-nine per cent were also concerned about spread at post-secondary institutions.
Researchers said the survey had a 3.1 per cent margin of error, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20 nationally.
There were a handful of protests around mask requirements in schools across the country when children returned to classes last month. The survey found 78 per cent of respondents supported wearing masks in schools.
Quebec and the Prairie provinces were less likely than other regions to support the measure.
Respondents in the Prairies were also less likely to want other public health orders, including restrictions on large public gatherings or the need to isolate if someone tests positive for COVID-19.
Governments in Alberta and Saskatchewan significantly loosened or completely did away with public health orders over the summer. Mask mandates and isolation requirements were removed.