Most Irish parents are frightened their children will catch Covid-19 when they go back to school
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Most Irish parents are frightened their children will catch Covid-19 when they go back to school

THE MAJORITY of Irish parents are worried that their kids will contract coronavirus when they return to school, according to the latest survey.

Data compiled by RollerCoaster.ie revealed that a whopping 65% of all parents said their primary concern is that their kids might catch Covid-19 once they go back.

That being said, 28% of parents surveyed said they don't believe that children returning to school will increase their chances of contracting the virus.

RollerCoaster.ie is Ireland's leading website about the ups and downs of pregnancy and parenting.

Visitors to the site were also asked if they felt students should wear masks or face covers in school. When it came to whether students of all ages should wear them, 40% agreed. 22% believe only secondary students should be required to wear masks while 17% felt it’s not needed.

Mary Burke, Acting Content and Community Editor of RollerCoaster.ie, has said that parents are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to schools reopening.

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"The results of these polls are unsurprising in many ways with parents voicing their concerns and grievances about their children's education across our discussion boards on RollerCoaster.ie in the past few months," she said.

"It's a Catch-22 situation with most parents unable or unwilling to homeschool while also not wanting to put their children's lives at risk. It's a minefield that so many are facing.

"Team that with the economic downturn and the high cost of school supplies and books, Irish parents have a lot on their plate. RollerCoaster.ie is here as a resource to keep them up to date on the latest advice and provide them a community of support."