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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.

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Lisa Woodland, Louise Smith, Richard Amlôt, Antonia Rubin, James Rubin

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000825
JournalBMJ Paediatrics Open
Issue number1
Published9 Sep 2020

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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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