Parents voice concerns over B.C.'s back to school plans

Divided on school restart

A new Insights West survey shows parents in British Columbia are divided when it comes to the government's back to school plans.

The survey shows while 49 per cent are in favour of the back to school plan, 42 per cent oppose it. 

Of the 42 per cent who oppose restart plans, if given a choice only 27 per cent would choose to have their children in their classroom full-time. 

The survey shows a further 41 per cent would prefer an online/in-person mix, and 27 per cent would prefer online learning only. 

Those who preferred in-person learning reported feeling worried about their child's isolation if they were to learn remotely, as well as believing online learning provides a poorer quality of education. 

“Our latest poll on the state of readiness of parents and the general public to go back to school shows a significant level of fear and uncertainty around the provincial government’s plan for September,” says Steve Mossop, president of Insights West.

“Unlike the high levels of support for other provincial and/or federal programs during this pandemic, the public seems divided about the schooling situation due perhaps due to a lack of clarity, and the varied experience parents have had with their children’s online learning last school year.”

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