Culture Post: Back-to-School Anxiety: Quarter of Parents Don’t Want Kids Riding School Bus During Pandemic

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.

With COVID-19 rates starting to tick back up this summer, parents are more anxious than usual about the back-to-school season. In fact, American moms and dads believe the morning hustle of getting their kids ready for school will be their biggest pain points of the next school year.

A survey of 2,000 parents of school-aged children also reveals more than half (51%) don’t feel prepared for the upcoming school year.

Nearly seven in 10 parents are overwhelmed by the constant routine changes of the past year. One in three say they’ve just started getting the hang of their current pandemic routine. More than that, 27 percent admit they’ve forgotten what their kids’ normal school morning routine feels like.

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sittercity, also explores other ways the pandemic is shaping parents’ back-to-school concerns this summer.

With worries about their child getting COVID-19 top of mind for one in four parents, there’s more stress than ever around the commute to school. More than a quarter of parents are uncomfortable letting their kids ride the bus.  Perhaps it’s no surprise then that seven in 10 plan to wake up almost half an hour earlier just to drive or walk their kids to school instead.

Source: StudyFinds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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