As the CDC loosens its COVID-19 guidelines for quarantining and social distancing with the new school year approaching, how do parents feel about sending their kids back to the classroom?
While some parents are looking forward to -- finally -- a "normal" school year, others are worried a spike in COVID cases could send schools reverting back to remote learning.
A survey by 4over shows that 1 in 3 parents anticipate the upcoming school year to be normal and back to pre-pandemic ways. But even if school is back to normal, there's no doubt that COVID-19 can throw a wrench in the upcoming year.
The survey shows that 1 in 10 parents are worried about schools reverting back to remote learning, and 63% are uncomfortable going to school events like sports games. Almost 1 in 5 (19%) worry about catching COVID-19 during the school year.
The return of kids to classrooms is a sign for most that we've gone back to our pre-pandemic ways. According to the survey, 3 in 4 people think we are now living in the "new normal." Additionally, 63% of people think 2022 is the first "normal" year since the pandemic started.
This year brought a serious shift in COVID comfort levels. The survey shows that 55% of people no longer care about proof of vaccination status or COVID-19 recovery before events, and 62% are no longer concerned about capacity restrictions.
Just over half (52%) of Americans say they feel comfortable attending any event or activity in 2022. The events people are most excited about are small gatherings with friends and family (44%), travel (42%), small in-person events (33%), events with large crowds (31%), and parties (23%).
Despite increasing comfort levels with the "new normal," over half (51%) of Americans are still worried and stressed about catching the COVID-19 virus. For some, it comes down to local transmission numbers; 1 in 5 check daily COVID-19 cases in their area. This goes for travel too – 28% of people check COVID-19 case numbers before going on vacation, and 43% check the precautions in the area.
The top events that people are still most uncomfortable attending are indoor concerts (28%), international travel (26%), going to bars/clubs (23%), indoor sporting events (23%), and indoor weddings (18%).