Face masks poll — May 2021
Seven in ten parents (70%) say they strongly agree that secondary pupils should no longer need to wear face-mask in classrooms, and 72% agree overall. The Parentkind poll was taken by over 2,000 parents and coincides with the government lifting some coronavirus restrictions in England this week. This includes removing the need for mandatory face-masks in secondary schools.
Although parents overwhelmingly support today’s development, the issue remains a divisive one, with almost a quarter (24%) strongly disagreeing with the removal of face-masks from classrooms, and 27% disagreeing overall. There was a similar split over the question of whether secondary school pupils should no longer need to wear face-masks in school communal areas. Two-thirds (67%) strongly agree with removing the need, and seven in ten (70%) agree overall. However, more than a quarter (26%) strongly disagree, and almost three in ten (29%) oppose removing face-masks from communal areas overall.
Finally, the majority of parents also want to see an end to the twice-weekly Covid testing of teachers, pupils and their families, with 59% strongly disagreeing that the tests should continue, and 64% disagreeing overall. On the other hand, 24% strongly agree, and 32% agree overall that the tests should say.