Baby, it’s cold outside: NYC moms are getting upset their kids have to eat school lunch outside


Public schools in New York are having students forgo some luxuries to help fight COVID-19: like heated buildings as winter advances.

Some of the more health-conscious schools are having kids eat their lunches outdoors, assiduously following social distancing rules despite now-plunging temperatures, the New York Post reports.

Much like they are with Critical Race Theory, You’re-a-Transgender Theory and Hide-Sexual-Assaults Theory, parents are furious.

“It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point,” said one mother in Manhattan, whose kids had their lunch in 39-degree weather on Nov. 25. “They’ve eaten outdoors every day this week. It’s cold.”

Another elementary school mom said her child has eaten outdoors for the entire year and began complaining about the cold this week.

“We’ve heard no plans to bring them inside anytime soon,” she said. “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.”

The state Department of Education is letting principals come up with their own lunch arrangements this year to stay in compliance with social distancing rules. Some have kept kids indoors to eat, while others have put them outside. Kids are being allowed to eat indoors during heavy rain, which somehow makes social distancing unnecessary.

“It’s already hard enough for a little kid to eat outside while sitting on concrete with a mask on,” said the mother of one Brooklyn elementary-schooler who ate outside this week. “What does the weather have to be to go inside? How low does it have to go?”

The DOE said on Nov. 24 that individual children have the option to eat indoors if they want, but parents say they’ve yet to hear of those accommodations.


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