Education experts call for outdoor classes to increase student safety amid COVID-19 pandemic – The Current, CBC

As politicians and school boards grapple with the challenge of how to safely reopen schools in the fall, some education experts are suggesting a simple solution — hold class outside. 

The idea was recently suggested in a report released by Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. But according to freelance journalist Monika Warzecha, it’s not a new notion.

Warzecha said that while working on a series of stories about Toronto’s history, she stumbled across a photo depicting the now-closed High Park Forest School. 

“It’s this photo of all these kids, they’re kind of formally dressed, sitting at these desks that are wooden and solid with wrought iron in front of a chalkboard and teacher. But they’re in a forest,” she said. 

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