Essential Report

Opening schools following Covid-19

May 5, 2020

Q. Which of the following is closest to your views on the reopening of schools?

    Parent/Guardian Status
  Total I am a parent/guardian of

school-aged children

I am not a parent/guardian of school-aged children
Schools should only open for children of essential workers 32% 36% 30%
Schools should re-open for all children 45% 44% 46%
Schools should remain closed with all teaching conducted online 23% 20% 24%
Base (n) 1,093 291 802

Views on opening schools following Covid-19

May 5, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following questions about children returning to school following the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Schools should teach most students remotely until the Covid-19 outbreak passes 50% 25% 23% 27% 25% 15% 10%
It’s unreasonable to expect teachers to prepare separate lessons for children who are learning remotely and for children who still attend school 52% 21% 23% 30% 27% 12% 8%
Even if schools in my state are open, I will still choose to keep my children home because of the Covid-19 outbreak


41% 36% 17% 25% 23% 18% 17%


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