NYC schoolchildren dine outside temps for social distance but dine out


Some kids at New York City Schools are still eating outside to maintain a social gap, even though temperatures are lower than before the winter months.

“It’s a little ridiculous at this point,” said one mother on MS 104 in Manhattan He told the New York Post. “They eat outdoors every day this week. It’s cold.”

Temperatures have reached a high of 56 degrees and a low in New York City this week 30 degrees. Department Education This year allowed principals to compute their own dining arrangements to follow the rules of the social gap.

The The CDC recommends Students maintain a minimum distance of 3 feet and a minimum distance from each other 6 feet Between students and staff.

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Not all children in New York City public schools are eating outside this fall. But parents of children in out-of-school dining schools are expressing their dissatisfaction.

“It’s already hard for a little kid to eat outside while wearing a mask and sitting on concrete,” a Brooklyn fourth-grade mother who ate outside this week told the New York Post. “What should the weather be like? How low should it go?”

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A mother in Park Slope, Brooklyn, said, “We haven’t heard of any plans to bring her in at any time.” “In fact, parents are still asking parents to give their fresh live bags to school to create seat pads. They don’t look like they are going inside.”

Other parents told the outlet that teachers and administrators would not dine outside.

“The problem is that there is no hard metric for when kids can get in,” the parent said. “It’s up to the principal, whatever they decide, it will go. Hopefully we won’t be here in February.”

The Department of Education said its policy would allow children to eat inside if requested to do so, but parents were unaware of the rule.

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

The New York Post reports that children are also allowed to eat indoors during the rain.

She told the DOE Post that she reminded school administrators of her policy that children can eat inside if requested.

“Schools and students will always have the option of dining inside, including adverse weather conditions such as rain, high or low temperatures, high 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 offer meals in different formats and in different places if needed.”

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