Most Yorkshire readers 'not comfortable' with pupils returning to school in June

Most Yorkshire readers feel "not at all comfortable" with children being sent back to school in early June, they have said, while a majority feel it could take up to two years for "normal life" to resume.

By John Blow
Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 2:30 pm

People across the region responded to surveys on how the pandemic has affected their lives and what their thoughts and expectations are for the future.

JPI Media publications including The Yorkshire Post with sister titles such as the Yorkshire Evening Post, The Star (Sheffield), Wakefield Express, Halifax Courier, Dewsbury Reporter and the Scarborough News, asked their readers a series of questions following the coronavirus outbreak.

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One question on the JPIMedia survey asked respondents how comfortable they would feel about their children going back to schools in early June.

A majority of 542 (41.85 per cent) said they were "not at all comfortable", while 275 (21.45 per cent) said they were "not very comfortable".

But 235 (18.15 per cent) were "very comfortable" with the idea and 221 (17.07 per cent) "slightly comfortable".

Questions about education were likely to be engaged with less than others in the survey, though, because 2,790 of more than 4,000 respondents said they did not have any school age children in the household.

Some 828 people had primary school children and 750 had secondary school children in their households.

Asked roughly how long they think it will take for everyday life to return to some kind of normality, most - 1,651 people (39.17 per cent) - said one to two years.

Some 1,478 people (35.07 per cent) thought it would be more like six months to a year.