Mother concerned after school shortens lunchtime to prevent COVID-19 exposure

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A mother said she is concerned after getting an email from her son’s teacher that his lunch period went from 25 minutes to just 15.

“That includes walking to the cafeteria, getting food and then going back to the classroom. They’re getting 15 minutes to eat,” she said.

She said she worries that a shortened lunchtime will impact students’ focus and concentration.

“When you’re hungry you’re not gonna focus on anything else other than hunger pains, you’re just not,” she said.

In an email obtained by Channel 9, her son’s teacher explained the shorter lunchtime is a way to keep kids in school since they can’t keep six feet of distance.

>>In the video at the top of the page, the actions she hopes the school will take to accommodate a full lunch period while keeping kids safe.

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