Teachers, families school spending habits shifting amid pandemic

Updated: July 31, 2020 05:56 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 03:01 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC/NBCNC) — Teachers across New York say their focus has shifted when it comes to back to school shopping for their students.

According to a Department of Education survey, about 94% of teachers spend their own money on school supplies.


Usually, that means pencils, notebooks and calculators.

Teachers say this year is different. Many are now focusing on getting cleaning materials and masks.

Teachers say they need them to wipe down anything children use during projects or even playtime.

Teachers spend an average of $450 on supplies for their classroom.

Families’ spending habits may be changing too.

Retailers and industry watchers are not sure what to expect as the pandemic delays the first day of school and prompts online learning.

Some analysts predict that families will spend less as they watch their budgets or as home-schooling limits the need for a fresh wardrobe.

Others say it will simply add more big-ticket items like laptops and tablets and shift spending toward lower-priced casual wear.

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