An NBC News poll released on Monday (August 22) found that 41 percent of parents weren’t confident public schools had adequate staffing for the upcoming academic year.
While 41 percent of the parents responding in the poll expressed doubts that public schools would have enough teachers and staff for the needs of students, 33 percent revealed they had “some” confidence, while about 25 percent expressed having “quite a bit” or “a great deal” of confidence that staffing would be sufficient.
When confidence was divided by gender, 31 percent of moms expressed being very confident in staffing, whereas only 19 percent of dads shared the same sentiment.
The poll, conducted on 1,000 participants from August 12 to August 16, has a 3.1 percentage points margin of error.
54 Percent of parents raising kids under 18 were confident that their local public school system could handle the staffing shortage, and 25 percent weren’t confident the same could be done.
Amid an increase in school shootings and COVID-19 cases, parents have expressed their worries that schools wouldn’t be prepared.
33 Percent of parents said they had little to no confidence their child’s public school could handle an active shooter situation, whereas 30 percent believed their child’s school could handle the situation.