K–8 Parent COVID-19 Survey

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Back to School? Some Parents Aren’t So Sure

Are you uncertain about your child’s education in the fall, and worried about the rising health concerns with COVID-19? You’re not alone.

A recent survey found that over 60% of parents are hesitant to send their children back to school amid new fears of COVID-19, updated mask regulations, and the rising Delta variant – which is responsible for 83% of new cases in the US.

“Parents are concerned about sending their children back to in-person school this fall, but their anxiety is further heightened to think of yet another year of learning loss under the failures of brick-and-mortar schools’ emergency virtual operations.”
—James Rhyu, Stride Chief Executive Officer

What Parents Are Saying


2/3 of parents are concerned that their child will contract COVID, spread COVID to family members, or both.*


Nearly 60% of all parents are worried about their child being exposed to unvaccinated adults.


Over 47% of parents believe their children’s school should offer an online-only learning alternative regardless of the circumstances.


65% of parents surveyed in urban areas believe that schools should always offer an online-only learning alternative to in-person classroom learning.*

Choose safety, stability, and peace of mind.

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About the Survey

Interviews for this research were conducted online between July 12 –25, 2021, from a national sample of 1,013 U.S. adults by Stride, Inc. in partnership with third-party research provider Qualtrics. The results have a calculated error margin of ±3%.

*Based on 2021 K-8 Parent COVID Survey