Parents lash out when schools force students to eat lunch OUTSIDE to protect students from COVID-19

Elementary schools from California to New York are forcing students to eat outside in an effort to protect them from COVID-19, despite plummeting temperatures in the Empire State and rainy weather on the West Coast.

And now parents are lashing out at the school districts enforcing these social distancing rules.

In New York City, elementary school students had to eat lunch on Wednesday in 39-degree weather.

“It’s getting a little ridiculous right now,” a mother of MS 104 in Manhattan told the New York Post.

“They ate out every day this week. It’s cold.’

In Brooklyn, another mother of an elementary school student in Park Slope said her child had begun to complain about food in the declining temperatures since the school year started in late August.

“We’ve heard no plans to bring them in anytime soon,” she told the Post.

“In fact, they still ask parents to give the school their Fresh Direct bags to make seat cushions. It doesn’t sound like they’re going in.”

In New York, the Department of Education has given the directors permission to come up with their own lunch plans for this school year.

While not every school in the city forces students to eat outside, every school’s lunch plan must adhere to social distancing rules, meaning more students eat their meals outside.

Children in milder California are also forced to eat outside. And while there is less chance of freezing weather, those youngsters have to deal with soggy lunches as they are forced to eat outside when it rains.

“My child has his rain gear, he has his raincoat,” said Tristan Leong, a parent of two in the Davis, California school district.

“Everyone scratched their head a little bit and said wait a minute, there’s no cover for them,” Leong said, according to ABC10.

Elementary schools from California to New York force students to eat outside, pictured, in an effort to protect them from COVID-19

Pictured: In New York City, elementary school students had to eat their lunch on Wednesday in 39-degree weather

Pictured: In New York City, elementary school students had to eat their lunch on Wednesday in 39-degree weather

Leong brought the matter to the school’s board members on Thursday evening after receiving an email from his child’s principal last Monday, telling students to eat outside due to COVID-19 restrictions, while adding that they are wearing raincoats, warm coats and even a change of clothes even when you go to school.

“It’s just common sense, it shouldn’t be political at all, this isn’t a matter of right or left, this is just letting kids eat lunch normally,” Leong said.

The Davis Joint Unified School District declined to comment on the case on camera, according to ABC10, but the news station did receive a statement sent to families across the district.

“In consultation with Yolo County Public Health Officer, Dr. Sisson, we believe that the health risk to students is greater if they eat indoors without a mask within a short period of time than outside in inclement weather, under a covered area.”

In the photo: primary school students eat outside according to the rules of social distancing

In the photo: primary school students eat outside according to the rules of social distancing

In New York City, parents said their kids could only eat inside during heavy rain this year

In New York City, parents said their kids could only eat inside during heavy rain this year

Public Health Officer Dr.  Aimee Sisson said eating indoors, unmasked and unvaccinated, given age group, puts children at high risk of contracting COVID-19

Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson said eating indoors, unmasked and unvaccinated, given age group, puts children at high risk of contracting COVID-19

“We are adjusting our lunch schedule so that students can eat outside and covered where possible, and then go inside, with face coverings, for the remainder of the lunch break,” the statement from Davis Joint Unified School District said.

In defense of schools’ decisions to allow students to eat outside, Dr. Yolo County public health officer Aimee Sisson believes that eating indoors while unmasked and unvaccinated, considering age group, puts students in a high-risk environment to contract COVID. 19.

“We don’t plan on letting kids sit outside in a rainstorm, so any guidance about having lunch outside is really meant to be in a covered area,” Dr. Sisson at the outlet.

“If it’s raining, but there’s an overhang, for example, where students can eat outside and stay dry, but might have to wear a jacket, I think that’s reasonable and very low risk compared to the risk of Covid transmission indoors.” , she says. added.

However, parents like Leong still question the need to force young primary school students to eat outside.

“You wonder if taking off the mask is the end of the world and only for 15 minutes, and just to have lunch, have them have lunch and then go out and play and have some sort of normality have,” Leong said.

Some schools have covered outdoor dining areas, but schools that don't have an emergency plan, according to Kristin Conner of Davis Joint Unified School District

Some schools have covered outdoor dining areas, but schools that don’t have an emergency plan, according to Kristin Conner of Davis Joint Unified School District

Pictured: An outdoor covered dining area where primary school students are forced to eat in an effort to protect them from COVID-19 through social distancing rules

Pictured: An outdoor covered dining area where primary school students are forced to eat in an effort to protect them from COVID-19 through social distancing rules

Pictured: An email sent to elementary schools in Davis, California, where rain is forecast in the state capital, 'providing an additional challenge to our lunchtime routines'

Pictured: An email sent to elementary schools in Davis, California, where rain is forecast in the state capital, ‘providing an additional challenge to our lunchtime routines’

Some schools have covered outdoor dining areas, but schools that don’t have an emergency plan in place, says Kristin Conner, a spokesperson for the Davis Joint Unified School District

“If it’s too rainy, cold or windy, we’ll adjust lunch and break schedules and move smaller groups of students to the multipurpose areas to have lunch socially before returning to class,” Conor told ABC10.

Back in New York City, parents also said their children were only allowed to eat inside during heavy rain this year.

Meanwhile, the NYC Department of Education insisted on Wednesday that students have the option of eating indoors if they wish, but parents said they haven’t seen such accommodations put into practice yet.

“We were never told that,” Park Slope’s mother told the Post. “And no one else I know has either.”

“It’s hard enough for a small child to eat outside sitting on concrete with a mask on,” said the mother of a fourth-grader from Brooklyn who ate outside this week.

‘What’s the weather like to go inside? How low should he go?’

On Wednesday, the NYC DOE said it would remind school administrators of its policy of allowing parents to let their children eat inside on request, the Post said.

Children in the US ages five and older can now receive Pfizer’s two-dose COVID vaccine.

But many parents who have had their own vaccine are hesitant to get the same shot for their children.

CDC data shows that only 731 children under the age of 18 have died from COVID between the crisis that began last spring and November 24.

COVID generally causes much milder symptoms in young patients, with many showing no symptoms at all.

Meanwhile, COVID vaccines, while generally very safe, pose a small risk of potentially fatal heart inflammation, especially in young boys.

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