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.
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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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