Parents lash out as schools force students to eat lunch OUTDOORS to protect ...

Parents lash out as schools force students to eat lunch OUTDOORS to protect ...
Parents lash out as schools force students to eat lunch OUTDOORS to protect ...

Elementary schools from New York to California are forcing students to eat outdoors in an effort to protect them from COVID-19, despite plummeting temperatures in the Empire State and rainy weather on the west coast.

And now, parents are lashing out against the school districts that are imposing those social distancing rules.

In New York City, elementary school students were forced to eat their lunches in 39-degree weather on Wednesday.

'It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point,' a mom at MS 104 in Manhattan told the New York Post.

'They've eaten outdoors every day this week. It's cold.'

In Brooklyn, another mom of a student at a Park Slope elementary school said her child began complaining about eating in the ever-dropping temperatures, having done so since the beginning of the school year back in late August.

'We've heard no plans to bring them inside anytime soon,' she told the Post.

'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.'

In New York, the Department of Education has allowed principals to come up with their own lunch plans for this school year.

While not every school in the city is forcing students to eat outdoors, every school's lunch plan must comply with social distancing rules, meaning more students are taking their meals outside.

Kids in balmier California are also being made to eat outside. And while there's less chance of freezing weather, those youngsters must contend with soggy lunches as they'll be forced to eat outside if it rains. 

'My kid has his rain gear, he has his rain jacket,' said Tristan Leong, a parent of two kids in the Davis, California school district.

'Everyone kinda scratched their heads and said wait a minute, there's no cover for them,' Leong said, according to ABC10.  

Elementary schools from California to New York are forcing students to eat outdoors, pictured, in an effort to protect them from COVID-19

Elementary schools from California to New York are forcing students to eat outdoors, pictured, in an effort to protect them from COVID-19

Pictured: MS 104 in Manhattan, where elementary school students were forced to eat their lunches in 39-degree weather on Wednesday

Pictured: MS 104 in Manhattan, where elementary school students were forced to eat their lunches in 39-degree weather on Wednesday

Pictured: in New York City, elementary school students were forced to eat their lunches in 39-degree weather on Wednesday

Pictured: in New York City, elementary school students were forced to eat their lunches in 39-degree weather on Wednesday

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Leong brought the issue up to school board members Thursday night after receiving an email last Monday from his child's principal, saying that students must eat outside due to COVID-19 restrictions, while adding that they should have rain coats, warm jackets and even a change of clothes too when going to school. 

'It's totally just common sense, it shouldn't be political at all, this is not a right or left issue, this is just let kids eat lunch normally,' Leong said. 

The Davis Joint Unified School District refused to comment on the matter on camera, according to ABC10, however the news outlet did receiving a statement that was sent out to families district-wide.

'In consultation with the Yolo County Public Health Officer, Dr. Sisson, we believe the health risk to students is greater eating indoors unmasked than eating outdoors in inclement weather, under a covered area for a short period of time.'   

Pictured: elementary school students eat outdoors in line with social distancing rules

Pictured: elementary school students eat outdoors in line with social distancing rules

In New York City, parents said their kids have only been allowed to eat indoors during heavy rain this year

In New York City, parents said their kids have only been allowed to eat

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