As the school year begins around the country, a recent study has found a shocking 82% of parents are at least considering keeping their children home through 2021.
OnePoll surveyed 2,000 parents as to their choice between open or closed schools, and found that one in four said they would not be sending their children back to classrooms regardless.
Although 81% of those considering homeschooling point to worries over COVID-19 spread as the motivating factor, much of the concern seemed focused less on fears about the precautions taken by schools and more on the personal responsibility of their own children. Nearly 6 in 10 said they do not think their children would properly wash their hands while at school.
In other findings, parents who are sending their children back say they are planning to spend what amounts to an additional $147 per child in supplies, as well as setting aside an extra 40 minutes each morning to prepare for the day.
More than half of respondents want to see schools institute temperature checks, regular COVID testing, and smaller class sizes to mitigate risk.