Around half of parents worried about their child returning to school – ONS

Around half of adults are worried about their child going back to school or college after the summer holidays, figures suggest.

Some 48% of adults with dependent children said they were very or somewhat worried about their child returning to education settings, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Almost a quarter (23%) said they were somewhat unworried or not worried at all.

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The main reasons for those worried was fear about their child catching coronavirus (58%), spreading coronavirus (31%) and concern about their mental health and wellbeing due to changes in the school or college setting (30%).

A quarter were worried about how prepared their school or college will be for keeping pupils safe, while 15% were worried about sending them back before the vaccine rollout has finished.

The ONS analysed responses from 3,387 people, including 470 responses from adults with dependent children, between August 25 and September 5.