It’s easier to do social distancing outside – and there’s considerable evidence that students learn better in fresh air
We need to send our children back to school this fall – safely. School districts across the United States are currently being led by indecisive administrators who are grappling with budget cuts while scrambling to figure out how to coordinate complicated schedules for socially distanced classes coupled with online learning. There has to be a simpler way.
School districts nationwide should be seriously considering outdoor classrooms as part of their plan. It is now understood that Covid-19 transmits less easily outdoors than inside. Learning outside would allow more children to return to school, providing the crucial social interaction and in-person instruction which is missing in remote learning, while making it easier to maintain social distancing.