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Most Parents Not Comfortable Sending Children Back to School, Survey Finds

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SafetyCulture, the world’s leading platform for workplace safety, today released findings from a national survey conducted by YouGov of approximately 1,164 American parents showing that they are largely not comfortable sending their children back to school this fall. According to the survey, 56 percent of parents with children attending school have a child going back in-person this year, but less than half feel comfortable sending their children into the classroom.

The survey also indicates that real-time updates of a school’s compliance to safety guidelines will help to increase parent confidence with in-person learning. Besides wearing a mask and social distancing, parents said proof of compliance with CDC standards will give the most confidence in sending their children to in-person school.

Key findings from the survey include the following:

  • The majority of parents with a child in school (56 percent) say they will be attending in-person this fall, with 30 percent learning through a hybrid in-person and virtual model and 25 percent participating in full-time in-person learning.
  • 27 percent of these parents have children learning virtually and full-time from teachers while 10 percent will be home-schooling their children due to COVID-19.
  • Given safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, only 43 percent of these parents feel comfortable sending their children back to school.
  • Parents report measures that will give them more confidence in sending their children to school in-person this fall include:

    • Proof of compliance with CDC standards (34 percent)
    • Real-time status of cleaning activities at the school (33 percent)

    • Real-time status of a school’s CDC adherence conditions (29 percent)

This research is being released as part of the SafetyCulture Safely Back to Learning initiative. SafetyCulture has made its commercial technology used in high-risk industries available to K-12 schools nationwide, free of charge for a full academic year.

Schools will be able to access easy-to-use digital checklists via SafetyCulture’s iAuditor app. Those returning to school in person in the fall will benefit from consistent and easily-verifiable safety and cleaning protocols based on CDC guidelines. Schools utilizing the technology will have a publicly available, real-time data dashboard that shows the status of conditions and cleaning activities on the campus.

Checklists and protocols can be modified to reflect the unique conditions and characteristics of each individual campus. iAuditor is already being used by the Fontana Unified School District in California to put effective tracking and reporting measures into place.

“This research confirms parents are clearly apprehensive about the return to the classroom. As this research indicates, visibility to cleaning processes and meeting CDC standards will ease parents’ concerns,” said Bob Butler, General Manager, Americas, SafetyCulture. “Our technology allows parents, administrators, teachers and students to view their school’s status of conditions and cleaning activities. And good risk mitigation practices will be key to helping schools meet the immense challenge of a safe return.”

For education safety-related checklists and resources please see the following:

In addition to supporting schools, SafetyCulture is helping companies globally with its Safely Back to Business initiative. More than 75,000 individuals worldwide are using SafetyCulture’s iAuditor app to complete daily COVID-19 risk assessments and inspections.

In August, iAuditor was announced as ‘Best SaaS (Software as a Service) for Health and Safety or Risk Management’ in the international 2020 SaaS Awards, which celebrate excellence in software.

For more information on SafetyCulture’s solutions for education or to sign up for free as a K-12 school, please visit:

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,164 US parents of 18 and under, of which 983 have a child participating in school this fall. Fieldwork was undertaken between August 24 – 27, 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighed and are representative of all U.S. parents with children under the age of 18.

About SafetyCulture

SafetyCulture is a global technology company, which helps businesses around the world to achieve safer and higher quality workplaces with innovative audit technology. Its flagship product – iAuditor – is a mobile inspection platform that simplifies the auditing process, making it easy for anyone to monitor and manage safety and quality from a mobile device – 26,000 companies across the world complete over 600 million checks per year. For more information, please visit