In the News: Updated Survey Results on Parent Mindsets about COVID-19 Protocols

By Nicole Basurto Brown -

In September 2021, the National PTA released the results of a series of parent listening sessions and a national survey on understanding parent expectations and concerns about their children returning to school in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the National PTA has released their follow-up survey results on parent mindsets related to COVID-19 safety guidance and protocols.

The survey—which included 1,427 parents and guardians of children in grades K-12 in public schools—was conducted November 9-24, 2021, by Edge Research, in partnership with HCM Strategists and supported by the CDC Foundation. Although this most recent survey took place before the emergence of the Omicron variant, it is notable that overall parents reported an increase in their child’s positive emotions and a decrease in negative ones since August and that despite exposure notifications and parent concerns going into this school year, at the time of this survey, more parents felt comfortable having their children attend school in-person than at the beginning of the school year.

“Teachers and caregivers should feel encouraged by the shift in perspective reported in November’s survey,” said National PTA President Anna King. “Parents were feeling less anxious about their ability to keep their child safe while in school. Instead, they felt confident about the school’s ability to address their child’s health, safety, and social and emotional needs. The findings also showed that over half of the parents surveyed were able to identify a new resource that their school developed to address social and emotional concerns. These survey results are an encouraging sign that teachers and school staff will be able to address their families’ evolving COVID-19-related concerns and challenges appropriately.”

“The pandemic continues to evolve with information changing rapidly. This latest survey from the National PTA was taken at a point in time when parents felt more optimistic about their child’s return to the classroom,” said Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “Today, it’s critical that we take action and get our children, who are eligible, vaccinated and have them practice safe measures at school. Our children are our greatest treasure, and we need to protect them.”

To see the full findings, please click here.

To see the previous survey results, please click here.

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