Posted 42 days ago
A California school district sent an email to parents telling them their children will be forced eat lunch outside in the rain due to coronavirus 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."
The announcement resulted in an angry response from 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."
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 ... (Read more)