Outdoor Eating to Keep Kids Safer from Covid

Outdoor Eating to Keep Kids Safer from Covid

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!

As parents and guardians of students at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, we urge school leaders to swiftly develop and implement a plan to allow children to eat outside during their snack and lunch periods.

With a return to full school capacity and in the absence of a vaccine for children under the age of 12, our kids are uniquely vulnerable to the highly contagious Delta variant. Across the country, Covid infections in children are higher than at any point in the pandemic. While some mitigation measures are already in place in New York City schools, public health experts are warning of the risks of indoor eating, especially among unvaccinated children.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that lunchtime poses unique risks and urged schools to strive for outdoor lunch wherever possible. As aerosol scientist Dr. Alex Huffman writes, indoor lunch is high-risk because:

  • COVID is largely airborne
  • Masks are off
  • Kids are often packed closely
  • Kids tend to be louder at lunch (so more aerosol released)

We recognize that P.S. 69 is a large school with limited space. However, there are options for creative use of the space that is available—especially the playground and lawn/garden in the front of the building—for outdoor eating. Parents are ready and eager to help with set-up, clean-up, and any other support that would be needed to make this happen. Members of the Parent Association and SLT could take the lead on coordinating shifts.

We deeply appreciate all that you and the staff have been doing to prepare a safe environment for P.S. 69 students and staff. We believe that by implementing outdoor eating, we can further reduce the risk of Covid transmission and make this a healthy and fulfilling year for all.

CC:

Ella Rubin-Ruiz, President, P.S. 69 Parent Association

Philip Composto, Superintendent, District 30

Jonathan Greenberg, President, Community Education Council for District 30

0 have signed. Let’s get to 100!
At 100 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!