Parents Advocating

letter template: parents want eating only outdoors

please use this letter template as you see fit. SFMC and Keren Abrams are NOT responsible for what you compose, or send, nor the results of the communication. for any questions before composing your letter with this template please DO call us.

Write to your Principal


Your Name, Address, Contact

Addressee Name


To Whom this Must Concern:/or/specific name

A group of SF parents have determined that our children need to be wearing their well-fitted and high-quality masks, while indoors, at all times.

This “all times” refers to all times, with no exception.

We, as parents, are ready and willing to support creative options for how our children will eat their snacks and lunch during school hours. We hope you would allow us to work with you, (principal, superintendent, cabinet secretary, etc- >choose one), and speedily, to solve the problem of great risk that eating indoors poses to our children and family.

We have been listening to experts and science and have seen no evidence in the slightest that respiratory droplets and aerosols would stop exiting an infected person’s mouth while they eat. Nor, would those aerosols floating in the air with virus particles stop entering a person’s mouth while eating. If you have any evidence of this protection that the act of eating gives a person, please do inform us of a specific study that has shown such.

Meanwhile, what we know is public and evidenced by now: the SARS-CoV-2 virus does travel from one’s mouth/nose out into the air in respiratory droplets and aerosols and can linger in the air (not fall, because it is not weighty enough) for many hours; they will travel around the airspace too.

One expert we can site is Dr. Jefferey Goldhagen MD MPH, University of Florida, who was interviewed both on MSNBC in early August and then in a follow-up interview with our own local, Keren Abrams, for her “In Community” series of the Santa Fe Mediation Center’s programs. He is alerting that crisis times require the most innovative solutions.

Additionally, Dr. Donald K. Milton at the University of Maryland has been leading extensive research into aerosol transmission of this specific virus and has been an expert in the field of aerosols and infectious disease for decades. The product of his team’s extensive research with clear and explicit conclusions can be seen here>

We parents see that sensible options for eating during school hours, particular to Santa Fe climate, could be as follows:

Outdoor picnic-style eating, with blankets/sheets, in pairs or very small groups.
would require temperate days, and good layers for chilly/windy mid-season
donations of old but intact blankets/sheets
choosing pairs/small groups according to kin, cousins, or friends we often meet with outside of school
Outdoor Sheltered eating
would require fund-raising. Stable party-tents, 10×20, cost approx.. $200-400
would require a weekend-work day or evening with volunteers to build
Tables or picnic-style
choosing pairs/small groups according to kin, cousins, or friends we meet with outside of school too
3 sides closed with one open, children wearing outdoor gear, would provide nearly every day through winter, enough wind, precipitation and cold protection.
On extreme weather days, parents could opt to keep children home

Eating outdoors could be one option and a parent could inform the school with a simple permission slip as to what they choose. Some might choose their children to continue eating indoors.

We parents would like to be helpful to create the best option at our specific school.

However, this letter is clearly informing that our specific children are not permitted to remove their masks indoors for any reason, with no exceptions.

We are ready and eager to discuss and implement solutions.

Please contact us/me at by phone/email/ etc to move forward. If we do not hear back by xxxx date, we will be calling you regularly to move this solution forward ASAP.

Thank you for your concern for our children’s health and wellbeing.


Mask FIT matters ! get in the know, get the right fit

Mask FIT matters !

Get in the know and help educate your school community. Not any mask is protective in either direction. FIT matters! (so does filtration level but we can start with fit:-)