Despite controversy around the country about masks in schools, most parents want their school to require masks of unvaccinated students and staff. At the same time, most parents don’t want their schools to require their kids get a Covid-19 vaccine despite their effectiveness in combating Covid-19. — Drew Altman, President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Despite controversy around the country about masks in schools, most parents want their school to require masks of unvaccinated students and staff. At the same time, most parents don’t want their schools to require their kids get a Covid-19 vaccine despite their effectiveness in combating Covid-19. — Drew Altman, President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The biggest challenge is just making sure that folks are understanding that the vaccines are safe and that the vaccines mitigate the effects of Covid-19. — Raymond C. Hart, Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools
The biggest challenge is just making sure that folks are understanding that the vaccines are safe and that the vaccines mitigate the effects of Covid-19. — Raymond C. Hart, Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools

Parents support school mask mandates more than required vaccines, a study finds.
American parents of school-age children are more supportive of school mask requirements than mandatory coronavirus vaccines, according to a new survey. It found that nearly two-thirds of those parents want schools to insist on masks for students, teachers and staff members who do not have their shots.

The survey, released on Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, offers a window into the thinking of U.S. parents at the outset of another complicated school year. Debates over mask mandates are raging, the Biden administration is making a push for young people to get inoculated, and the Delta variant is sending more young people to the hospital with Covid-19.

The survey found that 63 percent of parents wanted masks required in schools for people who are unvaccinated. But parents’ views about vaccinating their children are complicated, the survey found, and tend to fall along the partisan lines that have shaped the discussion around vaccinating adults.

... “Despite controversy around the country about masks in schools, most parents want their school to require masks of unvaccinated students and staff,” Drew Altman, the foundation’s chief executive, said in a statement. “At the same time, most parents don’t want their schools to require their kids get a Covid-19 vaccine despite their effectiveness in combating Covid-19.”

School officials around the country say they are deeply concerned about their ability to keep classrooms open this year, and many schools are promoting vaccination and even running vaccination clinics. But persuading parents to vaccinate their children is an uphill battle, educators say.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that just 30 percent of students ages 12 to 15 are fully vaccinated; the rate is 80 percent among U.S. adults over 65.

“The biggest challenge is just making sure that folks are understanding that the vaccines are safe and that the vaccines mitigate the effects” of Covid-19, said Raymond C. Hart, the executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, which represents large urban school districts.

The Kaiser study reflected that challenge. An overwhelming majority — 88 percent — of parents whose children were unvaccinated said they were “very” or “somewhat” concerned that not enough is known about the long-term effects of Covid-19 vaccines in children, and 79 percent expressed concern about serious side effects.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/11/us/politics/school-mask-mandate.html