Some youngsters at New York City faculties are nonetheless consuming outside in order for them to social distance despite temperatures dropping forward of the winter months. 

“It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point,” one mom at MS 104 in Manhattan told the New York Post. “They’ve eaten outdoors every day this week. It’s cold.”

Temperatures in New York City this week reached a excessive of 56 levels and a low of 30 degrees. The Department of Education allowed principals to determine their very own lunch preparations this 12 months to adjust to social distancing guidelines. 

The CDC recommends college students keep at the very least 3 toes of distance between one another and a distance of at the very least 6 toes between college students and employees. 

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Not all youngsters in New York City public faculties are consuming outside this fall. But dad and mom of youngsters attending faculties the place they do eat outside are voicing their dissatisfaction. 

 

 
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“It’s already hard enough for a little kid to eat outside while sitting on concrete with a mask on,” a mom of a Brooklyn fourth-grader who ate outside this week advised the New York Post. “What does the weather have to be to go inside? How low does it have to go?”

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“We’ve heard no plans to bring them inside anytime soon,” a mom in Park Slope, Brooklyn, stated. “In fact, they are still asking for parents to give the school their Fresh Direct bags to create seating pads. It doesn’t sound like they’re going in.”

Other dad and mom advised the outlet that academics and directors don’t eat outside. 

“The problem is that there is no hard metric for when the kids can go inside,” one mum or dad stated. “It’s just up to the principal, whatever they decide goes. Hopefully we’re not out here in February.”

The Department of Education stated that its coverage permits for youngsters to eat inside in the event that they request to achieve this, however dad and mom weren’t conscious of that rule. 

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“We’ve never been told that,” the Park Slope mother stated. “And no one else I know has either.”

Kids have additionally been allowed to eat indoors when it’s raining, the New York Post reported. 

The DOE advised the Post that it might remind school directors of its coverage that youngsters can eat inside if requested. 

“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 advised the outlet on Wednesday. “Thanks to our amazing food service workers, schools can quickly pivot to serve lunch in a variety of formats and in various locations if needed.”