Some children at New York CitySchools still eat outside to maintain social distance, despite the fact that temperatures are dropping in winter.
“It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point,” one mother at MS 104 in Manhattan told the New York Post. “They’ve eaten outdoors every day this week. It’s cold.”
New York City temperatures reached 56°F this week, while the low was -26°F. 30 degrees. Department of EducationPrincipals were allowed to make their lunch plans this year in order to meet social distancing regulations.
It The CDC has recommendationsStudents should maintain a minimum distance of 3 feet between them and at most a distance of 5 feet. 6 feetStudents and staff.
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New York City children may not be eating outdoors this autumn. However, parents of children who do not eat outdoors at school are vocalizing their dissatisfaction.
“It’s already hard enough for a little kid to eat outside while sitting on concrete with a mask on,” a mother of a Brooklyn fourth-grader who ate outside this week told the New York Post. How cold does it have be for me to stay inside? What is the minimum it can go?
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“We’ve heard no plans to bring them inside anytime soon,” a mother in Park Slope, Brooklyn, said. In fact, the children are asking their parents to send them Fresh Direct bags for seating pad creation. It doesn’t sound like they’re going in.”
Another parent told the outlet teachers and administrators don’t eat outside.
A parent explained that the problem was there’s no way to determine when children can enter. “It’s just up to the principal, whatever they decide goes. Hopefully we’re not out here in February.”
The Department of Education said that its policy allows for children to eat inside if they request to do so, but parents weren’t aware of that rule.
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“We’ve never been told that,” the Park Slope mom said. “And none of my friends has.”
Kids have also been allowed to eat indoors when it’s raining, the New York Post reported.
According to the DOE, it will remind school officials of its policy that kids can eat in schools if asked.
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“Schools and students always have the option to have their meals inside, including if there’s inclement weather like rain, high or low temperatures, high winds and more,” DOE spokesperson Katie O’Hanlon told the outlet on Wednesday. Schools can easily pivot and serve lunch at different locations thanks to the amazing food service employees.”