Half of parents think all children should have to wear masks at school

American parents are split on whether children should be wearing masks in schools, with two-fifths opposing masks for ALL students

  • About half of K-12 parents (48%) want all students masked in the classroom, according to new polling from Gallup
  • A much smaller number (11%) say that mask mandates should only apply to unvaccinated students
  • 同様に, 48% want all teachers and staff masked, 一方 38% say this requirement should only apply to unvaccinated adults
  • Mask requirements are part of the CDC guidance for school reopening, along with physical distancing, ventilation, and other safety measures
  • The polling reflects a sharp divide in parentsopinionsthough the vast majority of K-12 students are returning to in-person learning this year
  • American parents are split on whether their children should be wearing masks in schools.

    Two out of every five parents oppose all masks in schools, no matter the child’s vaccination status.

    Under half of U.S. K-12 parents – 48 パーセント – want all students masked in the classroom, according to new survey from Gallup.

    A small number – 11 パーセント – say mandates should only apply to unvaccinated students.

    同様に, 48 percent of parents want all teachers and staff masked, 一方 38 percent want no teachers masked and 13 percent want mandates only for unvaccinated teachers.

    Mask requirements are part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for school reopening, along with physical distancing, ventilation, quarantines for sick students, and regular COVID-19(新型コロナウイルス感染症)(#文字数制限がない場合、初出時にかっこ書きを追加 テスト.

    The polling reflects a sharp divide in parent perceptions of safety as schools reopen. According to Gallup, the vast majority of K-12 students are returning to in-person learningsome after over a year of remote school.

    About half of K-12 parents want all children to wear masks at school, according to Gallup polling. 41 percent want no students wearing masks and 11 percent want only the unvaccinated to mask up

    About half of K-12 parents want all children to wear masks at school, according to Gallup polling. 41 percent want no students wearing masks and 11 percent want only the unvaccinated to mask up

    As K-12 schools across the country reopen for the fall 2021 semester, mask mandates have become a divisive issue.

    Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania became the latest state to require masks inside all public K-12 schoolsjoining states like New York and California.

    その間, leaders in Texas, フロリダ, and other conservative-led states have banned local and school mask requirements.

    President Biden’s administration is investigating five of these state bans, as Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona says that they may constitute civil rights violations for students with disabilities.

    New polling from Gallup reinforces the extent to which parents are divided on this safety issue.

    Gallup found that more K-12 parents support mask mandates than wanting them bannedbut mandate supporters constitute just half of the surveyed parents.

    This poll was conducted during the week of August 16 に 22, amid the Delta variant surge. 約 700 parents of K-12 students responded to online surveys about their Covid safety priorities.

    These parents are part of the Gallup Panel, recruited specifically by the company to represent the national demographics of the U.S.

    According to Gallup’s poll, 48 percent of K-12 parents want all students masked. A slightly smaller number – 41 パーセント – want no students masked.

    The remaining parents – 11 パーセント – say that only unvaccinated students should be required to mask up.

    These parents have similar views toward mask requirements for teachers and staff – 48 percent say all teachers and staff should be masked, 一方 38 percent say that no staff should be masked.

    最後に, 13 percent of parents say that only unvaccinated teachers and staff must face mask requirements.

    The CDC recommends that all students, teachers, and staff wear masks in school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. 写真: Masked-up students attend algebra class on the first day of school in Miami Lakes, フロリダ, 8月 23, 2021

    The CDC recommends that all students, teachers, and staff wear masks in school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. 写真: Masked-up students attend algebra class on the first day of school in Miami Lakes, フロリダ, 8月 23, 2021

    The CDC recommends mask requirements in schools for all students, teachers, and staffboth vaccinated and unvaccinated.

    The only exception to the agency’s guidance is outdoor activities. The CDC doesn’t recommend masking outdoors, as Covid transmission is rare in this environment.

    In addition to indoor masking, the CDC recommends physical distancing in classrooms (three feet between students), ventilation improvements to school buildings, students staying home when they show symptoms, and regular Covid testing.

    The CDC also notes that vaccination is the most effective protection against Covid. The agency recommends vaccination for all teachers, スタッフ, and students over age 12.

    Vaccination rates in the youngest segment of that eligibility group are lower than those in older teens and young adults.

    ただ 47 percent of parents with children ages 12 に 15 say that their child has been vaccinated, に比べ 60 percent of parents with children ages 16 に 18, Gallup found.

    While many school districts are seeking to promote student vaccination this fall, Gallup’s data suggest that many families are still hesitant.

    The agency’s late August poll found that 33 percent of parents with kids in the 16 に 18 range say that they don’t plan to seek vaccination for those children.

    For parents with kids in the 12 に 15 age range, that number is 42 percent planning not to seek vaccination.

    While parents are divided on Covid safety measures, the majority agree that kids should be back in classrooms this fall. 写真: Parents protest a mask mandate in Las Vegas, ネバダ, 8月 12, 2021

    While parents are divided on Covid safety measures, the majority agree that kids should be back in classrooms this fall. 写真: Parents protest a mask mandate in Las Vegas, ネバダ, 8月 12, 2021

    Despite divides over Covid safety measures, the vast majority of parents agree that kids need to be back in classrooms.

    According to Gallup, 77 percent of K-12 parents say that they expect their children will ‘return to a pre-pandemic school schedule’ の中に 2021-2022 学年.

    This finding aligns with other polling, such as a July 2021 survey from the RAND Corporation that found 89 percent of parents planned to send their children to in-person school in fall 2021.

    Experts say that schools can safely provide children with such pre-pandemic schedules if they maintain key safety measures, like those recommended by the CDC.

    But schools that do not maintain masking, distancing, ventilation, and other measures may be particularly vulnerable to outbreaksmade increasingly dangerous by the Delta variant.

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