NYC school kids eat lunch outside despite dropping temps in order to social distance
Some children at New York City schools are still eating outside in order for them to social distance despite temperatures dropping ahead of the winter months.
"It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point," one mother at MS 104 in Manhattan told the New York Post.
Temperatures in New York City this week reached a high of 56 degrees and a low of 30 degrees .
The Department of Education allowed principals to figure out their own lunch arrangements this year to comply with social distancing rules.
OREGON MIDDLE SCHOOL CLOSES OVER SAFETY CONCERNS, STUDENT 'SOCIALIZATION' ISSUES FROM YEAR OF VIRTUAL LEARNINGNot all children in New York City public schools are eating outside this fall.
But parents of children attending schools where they do eat outside are voicing 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.
"In fact, they are still asking for parents to give the school their Fresh Direct bags to create seating pads.
Other parents told the outlet that teachers and administrators do not eat outside.
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.
Kids have also been allowed to eat indoors when it’s raining, the New York Post reported.
The DOE told the Post that it would remind school administrators of its policy that children can eat inside if requested.