Durham mom upset after learning that outdoor eating at daughter's school means sitting on ground
Durham Public Schools wants all students to eat outside to limit the spread of coronavirus. But some schools don't have the resources to provide tables and chairs outdoors like they do in the cafeteria.
REPORTED IT'S 16,000th DEATH FROM COVID, 71 ADDITIONAL DEATHS TODAY. >>> OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, MANY DURHAM PARENTS RALLIED AROUND RATING AFTER EATING OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS. CONCERNS ARE GOING OVER HOW DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALLOW CHILDREN TO EAT OUTSIDE. SOME PARENTS EXPECTED TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE AT TONIGHT'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. LORA LAVIGNE SHARES ONE PARENT 'S EXPERIENCE AND EXPLAINS WHERE THE DISTRICT STANDS ON THIS EFFORT. >> Reporter: THE PUSH FOR AFTER EATING AT DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOL HAS REMAINED ON THE FOREFRONT FOR LEADERS. AT SOME SCHOOLS, PARENTS ARE BEGINNING TO SEE WHAT THE EARLY STAGES OF OUTDOOR LUNCH LOOKS LIKE. >> OH, MY GOD, I WAS FUMING INSIDE BECAUSE OF THE SIMPLE FACT THAT I THINK, I THINK IT IS A RUSHED SITUATION. >> Reporter: SHE SHARES HER FRUSTRATION AFTER HER DAUGHTER TOOK THIS VIDEO AT LUNCH. SHE ATTENDS CARRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL. >> IT MADE ME TEAR UP A LITTLE BIT, IS THIS WHAT IT REALLY COMES TO? I DID NOT APPRECIATE SEEING MY BABY EATING ON THE GROUND ON THE CONCRETE. >> Reporter: YOU THINK THAT IS OKAY, THAT IS THE STANDARD, DO YOU RESONATE WITH THAT MOM? >> YEAH, WE ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE WE FIND OPTIONS THAT FIT EVERYONE. WE KNOW IT IS NOT IDEAL FOR EVERY SINGLE STUDENT AND HOW THEY WANT TO EAT THEIR LUNCH, WE ALSO NOTE EATING OUTSIDE IS ONE OF THE SAFEST WAYS TO PREVENT SPREAD. >>> PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION IS WORKING TO GET CHAIRS, CUSHIONS, AND TABLES TO SCHOOLS BEGINNING THIS WEEK. >> WE INSTRUCTED DPS ADMINISTRATION WHEN WE DO GET THE PICNIC TABLES, START WITH THE SCHOOL TO DO NOT HAVE THOSE RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO IMPLEMENT THIS REALLY WELL. AS DPS NAVIGATES A NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS, SHE ARGUES PARENTS NEED MORE TRANSPARENCY AND OTHER SOLUTIONS. >> WINTER IS COMING UP. HOW ARE THE KIDS GOING TO EAT? EATING OUT IN THE COLD? A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. >> FAMILIES PARTNER WITH, IF YOU HAVE ALTERNATIVES OR QUESTIONS OR IDEAS HOW TO DO THIS BETTER, PLEASE LET US KNOW. >> Reporter: LORA LAVIGNE WITH WRAL NEWS, DURING THE. >> DPS IS MAKING AND/OR EATING