Parents of school-aged children are generally satisfied with their province’s management of school openings, and there is a high comfort level with children being in school, despite COVID-19.

HALIFAX, October 19, 2020

Following the first month of school in Atlantic Canada, parents of school-aged children were asked their opinions of how they felt school openings were managed, as well as how comfortable they were with having their children in school at this time.

Across the region, a majority of parents are generally satisfied with their province’s management of school opening, though most report to be mostly satisfied (59%), rather than completely satisfied (17%). Overall satisfaction is high across the region (NB: 81%; PE: 95%; NS: 71%; NL: 73%).  Overall, one-quarter of parents report some level of dissatisfaction with how the school opening was managed in their province.

Similarly, most parents express some level of comfort with their children being in school during the pandemic.  Indeed, one- quarter report to be completely comfortable (25%), while just over half (53%) are mostly comfortable. While comfort levels are consistently high across the region, parents in PE and NB are most comfortable (NB: 88%; PE: 90%; NS: 76%; NL: 63%). It warrants mention that data collection was completed prior to the recent outbreak of cases in NB, and the subsequent lockdown in the Moncton and Campbellton areas.

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This survey was conducted from September 24-29, 2020 with 473 Atlantic Canadians who have children enrolled in school, from Narrative Research’s online panel, East Coast Voice. As a non-probability sample (i.e. a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions), and in accordance with CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards, a margin of error is not applied. 

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