Covid-19 cases in children continue to grow, indicating that efforts in Indonesia have not been effective and optimal. This study aimed to describe the perceptions and expectations of parents of SDN 12 Guguak VIII Koto students regarding the spread and prevention of Covid-19 in children. It is a descriptive phenomenological research and data were collected through in-depth interviews with three main informants, namely parents and three triangulation informants, namely teachers and general practitioner. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The results showed that the perceptions of parents about the spread of Covid-19 in children were children have low immunity, fear being infected, fear to be separated from the child, need parental firmness, and children have minimal knowledge about Covid-19 . Parent’s perceptions of health protocols that must be teach to children are reduce children’s outside activities, wash the hands, maintain cleanliness, bring handsanitizer, not gathering with friends, using mask, and need parental firmness. Parents experienced problems in teaching health protocols: child complained of shortness of breath when using mask, child often asked questions, child didn’t wear mask properly and correctly, and child was difficult to be prohibited from leaving the house. The hopes that arises were there is an increase in discipline towards health protocols, teachers are more strict to undisciplined child, and the pandemic is over. It can be concluded that parents have not had proper knowledge about the spread of Covid-19 in children and experienced difficulties in disciplining children,so parents hope that teachers can help discipline their children.
Keywords : Perceptions, Hopes, Parents, COVID-19, Children