For Minnesota schools, outdoor lunch offers a temporary solution for reducing COVID-19 spread
October 7, 2021
For about three hours each day, the courtyard at Burroughs Community School in south Minneapolis functions as a second lunchroom. Students bring their lunch trays and lunchboxes to picnic tables, where they sit a few feet apart.
The goal is to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 among students, all too young to be vaccinated, particularly during mealtimes when students have their masks off. And it seems to be working: Only three children have had to quarantine because of potential COVID exposure over the lunch hour.
"It's been really worth it because it allows us to really space our students a lot more than before," Principal Margaret Vecchio-Smith said.