A New York City mom said ‘to be a little ridiculous at this point’
some kids New York City Schools are still eating outside for social distancing, despite temperatures dropping before the winter months.
“It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point,” said a mother at MS 104 in Manhattan. told the New York Post, “He’s eaten out every day this week. It’s cold.”
In New York City this week the temperature reached a maximum of 56 degrees and a minimum temperature 30 degrees, Department Education The headmasters were allowed to figure out their own lunch arrangements this year in order to adhere to social distancing norms.
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Not all kids in New York City’s public schools are eating outside this fall. But parents of children attending schools where they eat out are expressing their dissatisfaction.
“It’s already hard enough for a young child to eat outside while sitting on concrete with a mask on,” a mother of a Brooklyn fourth-grader told the New York Post. New York Post. “What’s the weather supposed to be like to get in? How low do you have to go?”
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“We haven’t heard of any plans to bring them in any time soon,” said one mother in Park Slope, Brooklyn. “In fact, they’re still asking parents to give them their Fresh Direct bags to make sitting pads for the school. It doesn’t look like they’re going in.”
Other parents told the outlet that teachers and administrators do not eat outside food.
“The problem is, there’s no hard metric for when kids can move in,” said one parent. “It’s just up to the principal, whatever they decide. Hopefully we’re not out here in February.”
The Department of Education said its policy allows children to eat inside if they request to do so, but parents were not aware of that rule.
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“We’ve never been told,” said the Park Slope mom. “And I know no one else has either.”
The New York Post reported that children have also been allowed to eat indoors when it rains.
The DOE told the Post that it will remind school administrators of its policy that children can eat inside if requested.
“Schools and students always have the option of keeping their food inside, which includes rain, high or low temperatures, strong winds, and more,” DOE spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon told the outlet on Wednesday. “Thanks to our amazing food service workers, schools can quickly pivot to serving lunch in a variety of formats and at different locations when needed.”