A cross-sectional survey of parental perceptions of COVID-19 related hygiene measures within schools and adherence to social distancing in journeys to and from school

Louise E. Smith, Lisa Woodland, Richard Amlôt, Antonia Rubin, G. James Rubin*

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Abstract

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in England were only kept open to children of key workers' and, from 1 June, to children in reception, year 1 and year 6. Our cross-sectional survey of parents found low rates of attendance (<50%) in both groups. Many parents whose children attended school reported low adherence to hygiene measures (eg, not maintaining distance from others during school drop-off) and doubted that their school was adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. This must be improved if parents are to feel confident about a more comprehensive return to school, as planned for September.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000825
JournalBMJ Paediatrics Open
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding This study was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response.

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© 2017 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • adolescent Health
  • psychology

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