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California school district said kids forced to eat lunch in the rain due of Covid-19 restrictions 

A California school district sparked a huge backlash after it sent an email to parents earlier this week telling them their children would be forced eat lunch outside in the rain due to coronavirus restrictions.

The email from Patwin Elementary School notified parents that ‘students are required to eat outside’ and instructed families to send kids to school with ‘rain gear and warm jackets’.

Parents quickly took to social media to ridicule the instruction from the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD), while education campaigners and state officials slammed the decision as ‘cruel’ and ‘inhumane’. 

‘The inhumane treatment of children in California continues from masking all day, even outdoors, to having to sit on hot cement and now eating lunch in the rain,’ Reopen California Schools founder Jonathan Zachreson told Fox News

Republican California state legislator Kevin Kiley tweeted: ‘Cruelty to children has been normalized in California.’

The school ultimately decided to U-turn on his instruction amid a torrent of criticism, later sending another email saying the school would stagger lunchtime routines to ensure kids could eat under cover.

The state of California has some of the most strict coronavirus restrictions among schools in the country, with kids and teachers forced to wear masks inside and outside on school grounds and submit to regular testing if they are not vaccinated.

California’s controversial governor Gavin Newsom also announced at the start of the month that all elementary and high school students, in both public and private schools, will be required to get the shot once the vaccine is given final approval from the US government for different age groups.

An email from Patwin Elementary School on Monday notified parents that ‘students are required to eat outside’ due to Covid restrictions and instructed families to send kids to school with ‘rain gear and warm jackets’, sparking considerable backlash (pictured: Patwin Elementary School, Davis, California)

The state of California has some of the most strict coronavirus restrictions among schools in the country, with kids and teachers forced to wear masks inside and outside on school grounds and submit to regular testing if they are not vaccinated (pictured: elementary students in class in a Los Angeles school in August)

The state of California has some of the most strict coronavirus restrictions among schools in the country, with kids and teachers forced to wear masks inside and outside on school grounds and submit to regular testing if they are not vaccinated (pictured: elementary students in class in a Los Angeles school in August)

California governor Gavin Newsom announced on October 1 that elementary and high school students will be subject to a vaccine mandate once the vaccine is given final approval from the US government for different age groups (pictured: Newsom speaking during a news conference at a school in San Francisco, October 1)

The first email from the school read: ‘Rain is forecasted this week which will present an added challenge to our lunch routines.

‘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.’

The email sparked immediate backlash, which prompted the elementary school to send two more emails, ultimately reversing course and permitting students to eat inside via a staggered lunch timetable by grade.

‘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,’ the final email read.

‘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.’

'The other parents I've spoken to thought it was ridiculous and overkill,' a parent of two at Patwin Elementary School told Fox News. He cited a recent report from the New York Times that revealed the CDC's risk summary of outdoors Covid transmission is greatly exaggerated (pictured: elementary pupils in Los Angeles attend their school in masks, which they are required to wear inside and outside)

‘The other parents I’ve spoken to thought it was ridiculous and overkill,’ a parent of two at Patwin Elementary School told Fox News. He cited a recent report from the New York Times that revealed the CDC’s risk summary of outdoors Covid transmission is greatly exaggerated (pictured: elementary pupils in Los Angeles attend their school in masks, which they are required to wear inside and outside)

Hundreds of parents and teachers in California staged a walkout on Monday over upcoming vaccine mandates for elementary and high school students in the state (pictured: parents in Los Angeles participating in the anti-vaccine mandate protest)

Hundreds of parents and teachers in California staged a walkout on Monday over upcoming vaccine mandates for elementary and high school students in the state (pictured: parents in Los Angeles participating in the anti-vaccine mandate protest)

A parent of two children in the Davis Joint Unified School District, told Fox News on condition of anonymity that he was not shocked by the ‘ridiculous’ instruction, given that state of ‘Covid fear in the area. 

‘The other parents I’ve spoken to thought it was ridiculous and overkill,’ the parent said, citing a recent report from the New York Times that revealed the CDC’s risk summary of outdoors Covid transmission is greatly exaggerated. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of parents and teachers in California staged a walkout on Monday over upcoming vaccine mandates for elementary and high school students in the state.

Governor Newsom announced on October 1 that elementary through high school students will be required to get the vaccine once it is given final approval from the US government for different age groups. 

Students over 12 who do not already have the vaccine are required to undergo regular testing in order to attend classes.  


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