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Majority of North Shore residents support having kids back in school: poll

Only 15 per cent say schooling should be entirely online
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It's been two weeks since children in British Columbia returned to school while the Omicron variant wave of COVID-19 crests – but a slim majority of North Shore residents are confident that having kids in school is the right decision.

North Shore News polled 937 online readers and asked the question: How do you feel about kids going back to school?

The poll ran on News' website from Jan. 11 to 21, 2022. Of the 937 votes, we can determine that 448 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Good. Kids belong in schools and the risk of COVID-19 is acceptable. 52.23%  local, 51.44% total    
OK. I see the benefit but it makes me anxious to think about Omicron spreading. 33.26% local, 30.31% total    
Bad. Group gatherings, even in classrooms, should not be happening. It should be all online. 14.51% local, 18.25% total    
  Local   Total

Ontario students were given two full weeks of online learning before returning to class.

Capilano University, meanwhile, shifted most classes online and now plans for a mostly full return to campus at the end of the month.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers who are located in North and West Vancouver. The margin of error – which measures sample variability – is +/- 3.19%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.