World California school district tells parents their children must eat lunch in the rain due to COVID
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Aschool district sent an email to parents telling them their children will be forced eat lunch outside in the rain due to restrictions.
"Rain is forecasted this week which will present an added challenge to our lunch routines," Patwin Elementary School Principal Gay Bourguignon notified parents this week. "DJUSD [Davis Joint Unified School District] students are required to eat outside at this time due to COVID restrictions. I am asking you to send your children to school with rain gear and warm jackets."
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The announcement resulted in anfrom many parents who took to social media to express frustration with the statement from the principal.
"This exemplifies California’s response with kids during the pandemic," Reopen California Schools founder Jonathan Zachreson told Fox News. "The inhumane treatment of children continues from masking all day, even outdoors, to having to sit on hot cement and now eating lunch in the rain."
Republican California state legislator Kevin Kiley tweeted, "Cruelty to children has been normalized in California."
Following the negative reaction from concerned Californians, the Davis Joint Unified School district released a follow up email stating that children will be allowed to eat inside "whenever possible" and stressed that the district is facing "unique challenges as we seek to maintain our students’ health and safety and minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection."
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Following that email, Principal Bourguignon sent parents a third email reversing course and acknowledging that some people were upset with the decision to force kids to eat in the rain.
"Some parents are very happy with our decision to have students eat outside and others are concerned," Bourguignon wrote. "Our campus is not ideal for eating outside due to the lack of a solid walkway cover. In collaboration with our District staff, we looked at all of the alternatives. If during lunchtime, we have a heavy downpour of rain it will be challenging to eat under the covered walkways. "
"During a heavy downpour, we will have a staggered lunch with one grade level at a time in our MPR for 15 minutes with all 10 doors open and 2 air purifiers running. After 15 minutes, students will be dismissed to their classrooms for inside recess. If you prefer that your child remains outside to eat please inform your teacher and we will make accommodations to support your request."
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A parent of two children in the Davis Joint Unified School District who wished to remain anonymous told Fox News that the first email he received was "surprising but not shocking given the state of COVID fear in Davis itself."
The father of two added that his children are forced to wear masks outside during recess despiteshowing outdoor transmission of the virus is less than 1% and the CDC’s own that schools are not a major coronavirus transmission source.
"The other parents I’ve spoken to thought it was ridiculous and overkill," the parent said about 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 Fox News.
California has been at the center of the public debate on how to combat the spread of the coronavirus among children, which was highlighted by a student walkout this week organized by groups that oppose mandatory vaccines for young children.
"My kids stayed home yesterday for several reasons," California mother of three Lindsay BinghamFox News on Tuesday. "We definitely support the movement to send a statement to our government officials that they are overreaching and crushing our parental rights and encroaching on the rights of educators and staff with these mandates."
Lethal flood risk from 3pm today as Met Office warns of deluge .
An amber alert has been issued for parts of Scotland and the north-west of England ahead of a huge downpour due this evening. The Met Office is warning of potentially lethal flooding.An amber alert has been issued for parts of Scotland and the north-west of England ahead of a huge downpour expected this evening.