Toronto Catholic school board wants to expand outdoor class pilot

Oct 6 2020, 4:57 pm

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is looking to expand its outdoor classroom pilot project.

So far, the project has been incorporated in the classrooms of 10 schools in the board, and they’re looking to expand it to eight more.

The project will be in place for four months.

“Feedback is being solicited now for this project and decisions will be made in the next few weeks on whether the pilot should continue, be stopped or expanded,” a spokesperson from the TCDSB told Daily Hive in a statement on Tuesday.

The pilot provides 20×40-ft tents for music, physical education, and reading classes, allowing for plenty of airflow and distancing for the students.

A budget of $100,000 has been established for the project and is being provided by the federal contingency funding allocated to the TCDSB for school reopening.

The school board noted that there is a total of 63,000 students and around 70% of elementary students, and almost 75% of high schoolers have opted for in-person learning.

The outdoor pilot allows for the students and families who have opted for in-person learning to feel a bit safer, as cases in Toronto have risen drastically over the last few weeks.

And when the colder weather comes, heaters are being considered so the children can still be outdoors.

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