NYC mother outraged when she learns kids are eating outside in the cold

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Pandemic policies are a cold and stark reality for many New York City schoolchildren who will be forced to eat lunch outdoors this winter despite the dropping temperatures which were as low as 37 degrees last week.

“I called my son’s school in Brooklyn to find out what was going on. The fact of the matter is, they have no metric,” said Abby Emmons, a Brooklyn mother and editor in chief of the Post Millenial on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” Saturday morning.

Emmons said the school administration hasn’t communicated with parents at all and that she first heard about the policy from her son. She took it upon herself to call up school officials and ask when kids would be able to be indoors for lunch and if there was a specific temperature that would bring them in from the cold while they ate.

But she said she was told it was “fluid” and she explained that they “they just didn’t know” and “had absolutely no plan” on when the kids might be able to eat lunch inside.

As it stands, New York City schools require masks both indoors and out, which means that while they are allowed to take the mouth muzzle off while they eat, the children are required to put them back on as soon as they are finished eating.

“What I really found surprising, is that there is absolutely no guidance as to when the restrictions will be lifted,” Emmons said. “They have no trouble enforcing restrictions, implementing those restrictions, telling us all exactly how strict they were going to be with regard to masking and social distancing but there are no plans in place and there’s no guidance at all as to when those will be lifted and when the kids can go back to going to school like normal.”

The New York Department of Education issued a statement to Fox News’ that seemed oblivious to the real-world experience of Emmons’ son and other New York City schoolchildren.

“Schools and students always have the option to have their meals inside, including if there’s inclement weather like rain, high or low temperatures, high wind and more,” the statement read. “Thanks to our amazing food service workers schools can quickly pivot to serve lunch in a variety of formats and in various locations if needed.”

Emmons said the Dean of Students she spoke to confirmed that the kids went to the lunchroom but were quickly ushered outside.

“When I talked to my son about it, he said there was no room for everyone inside,” which she said was confirmed with the school official she spoke to.

Emmons doesn’t think there is a problem letting kids have recess outside, but lunch is different as many of the kids are eating on the cold ground because there are not even enough tables for everyone.

“I think it’s sort of a recipe for disaster,” Emmons said. “As we’re trying to get rid of COVID, what other illnesses are we inviting in by getting these kids cold?”

Some reacted to the news to question New York City’s oppressive virus policies while others took no issue with the kids getting a bit of fresh air while they ate.


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