California school district tells parents their children must eat lunch in the rain due to COVID


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Amid the outcry, the district decided to allow the children to eat a 15-minute lunch indoors in case of ‘heavy rains’.

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A California school district sent an email to parents telling them their children would be forced to eat lunch outside in the rain because of coronavirus restrictions.

“It has been raining this week that will present an added challenge to our lunch routine,” Patwin Elementary School principal Gay Bourguignon informed Parents this week. “DJUSD [Davis Joint Unified School District] Students are required to eat outside at this time due to COVID restrictions. I’m asking you to send your kids to school with rain gear and warm jackets.”


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as a result of the announcement angry reaction Several parents expressed their disappointment over the principal’s statement on social media.

“This is an example of California’s response with children during the pandemic,” Reopen California School founder Jonathan Zacharson told Granthshala News. “The inhuman treatment of children continues all day, even outside, until sitting on hot cement and now eating lunch in the rain.”

Republican California State Legislator Kevin Kelly tweeted, “Cruelty to children is normalized in California.”

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Following a negative reaction from concerned Californians, the Davis Joint Unified School District issued a follow-up email stating that children would be allowed to eat inside “whenever possible” and stressing that the district was facing “unique challenges.” facing as we seek to maintain our students’ health and safety and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.”

Following that email, Principal Bourguignon sent a third email reversing course to parents and admitted that some were upset by the decision to force children to eat in the rain.

“Some parents are very happy with our decision to eat students out and others are concerned,” Bourguignon wrote. “Our campus is not ideal for eating out due to the lack of a solid walkway cover. With the support of our district staff, we looked at all the options. If during lunch, we have heavy rain it will be challenging Eat under covered paths.”

“During heavy rains, we would have lunch with one grade level at a time in our MPR. All 10 doors open and 2 air purifiers running for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, students will be sent to their classes for internal leave. If you would like your child to stay out to eat please notify your teacher and we will arrange accommodation to support your request.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in Oakland, Calif., with Carl B.  Talking to reporters at Munak Elementary School.  Newsom announced that California will require its 320,000 teachers and school workers to submit or submit vaccinations against the novel coronavirus.  For weekly COVID-19 testing.  The statewide vaccine mandate for K-12 teachers comes as schools return from summer vacation amid growing concerns of the highly contagious Delta variant.  (Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Poole)

Parents of two children in the Davis Joint Unified School District, who wished to remain anonymous, told Granthshala News that the first email they received was “surprising, but not shocking given the state of COVID fear in Davis itself.” Was.”

The father of two said his children were forced to wear masks outside during the holiday. statistics showing that external transmission of the virus is less than 1% and the CDC’s own Entry That schools are not a major coronavirus transmission source.

“All the other parents I spoke to thought it was ridiculous and overrated,” the parent said of the announcement that students would be forced to eat lunch in the rain.

The Davis Joint Unified School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.

California has been at the center of public debate over how to combat the spread of the coronavirus among children, which was highlighted this week by a student walkout organized by groups opposing mandatory vaccines for young children.

“My kids stayed home yesterday for a variety of reasons,” California mother of three Lindsey Bingham said Granthshala News on Tuesday. “We certainly support the movement to send a statement to our government officials that they are abusing and crushing our parental rights and encroaching on the rights of teachers and staff with these mandates. “

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