This is what The Scarborough News readers think about sending their kids back to school

The Scarborough News readers have had their say on how they feel about sending their kids back to school.

By Corinne Macdonald
Thursday, 14th May 2020, 11:11 am
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 1:52 pm

Our lockdown survey, published on The Scarborough News as well as 150 others across the UK last week, asked readers 25 questions about how the coronavirus crisis has shaped the lives, opinions and habits of people in Scarborough - and what they’d like to see happen in the coming weeks and months.

One of the questions in the survey focused on children - asking readers whether they would feel comfortable about their kids going back to school in early June.

Today we can reveal how readers in Scarborough answered.

The lockdown survey. JPI Media

The majority of our readers - 44% - said they felt 'not at all comfortable' about their kids returning to school in early June, with readers who felt 'slightly comfortable in the minority - 13%.

On a national level, almost half - 44.7% - of respondents said they felt “not at all comfortable” with their children returning to school in early June, which is the timeframe the Prime Minister has announced for England.

Around one fifth of respondents - 19.3% - feel “not very comfortable” about the idea, with just 17.4% saying they feel “very comfortable” and 16.9% saying they feel “slightly comfortable”.

When asked which element of everyday life they were most looking forward to as restrictions ease, “your children going back to school” was presented as one of the options.

Just 12% of readers in Scarborough said that they were looking forward to this.

On a national level, just 16% of respondents said they were looking forward to their kids going back to school. The most popular option was seeing family, which 77.2% of respondents nationally said they were looking forward to.

The everyday activity readers in Scarborough are looking forward to most is seeing family with 72% of participants choosing this option.

Tomorrow we will be publishing more results of what local people had to say in our lockdown survey.

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