A vast majority of U.S. schoolteachers are concerned about exposure to COVID19 in classrooms this fall, a Gallup survey Friday showed. According to the poll, three-quarters of teachers from kindergarten through high school said they’re either “very” (57%) or “moderately” (18%) concerned about COVID19 exposure in the classroom. That’s an increase of 16% from May. The survey comes amid uncertainty across the United States about how and when schools can safely be reopened. Some health experts have warned against resuming classes too soon, while others — including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Robert Redfield — have expressed confidence the next school year can safely begin on time. The study found that teachers are far more concerned about coronavirus exposure than workers in other fields. Just 21% of other workers said they’re very concerned and 29% said they’re moderately worried. In Friday’s survey, 74% of educators said they would continue to work remotely if it was up to them. That figure was 57% in May.
Canadians were not included in this survey. This week the Ontario government will announce plans to for the upcoming school year.
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