White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that it’s OK for kids to eat their lunches outside in cold temperatures in an effort to maintain school safety amid the still spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
With Omicron cases rising, and the far more severe and deadly Delta variant still taking its toll every day, Psaki – when asked whether the White House wanted school children to “get back to a more normal school experience,” Psaki insisted schools are having children practice social distancing measures, mask up, and eat their snacks and lunch in frigid outdoor temperatures in an effort to “keep their kids safe and keep students safe.”
Psaki said she believes the “vast majority of parents appreciate” such measures being taken by school systems to limit the spread of the coronavirus among elementary-aged school children.
The “eat outside” comment was her making reference to he own child’s experience in school.
“I have a three-year-old who goes to school, sits outside for snacks and lunch, wears a mask inside, and it’s no big deal to him,” Psaki said. “I’m not saying that’s the case for everybody, but these are steps that schools are taking to keep kids safe.”
Psaki said the Biden administration hopes to get to a “point of normalcy for everybody.”
“Obviously, we want to get to a point where we’re turning to a version of normalcy for everybody, right,” Psaki told reporters. “Where you’re not sending your kids backpack with 7 extra masks, right, or you’re not adding two hats so that they’re warm outside for a snack. There’s no question that’s the case.”