Outdoor Learning Initiative 

The DOE is thrilled to announced the Outdoor Learning Initiative for the 2020–21 school year. This will be a city initiative that does the following:
 
  • Encourages schools to hold physical education (PE), dance, theater, chorus and band classes outside if possible.
  • Conduct additional academic classes where space/logistics permit and the school has an interest in doing so.
  • Principals can fill out the NYC DOE: Outdoor Learning Survey to tell us about your outdoor learning needs, and to request the use of additional nearby spaces.
  • This program is open to public, charter, and private schools, as well as Learning Bridges. Schools in the 27 neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID and schools with no outdoor space on site will receive priority.

For additional questions, contact OutdoorLearning@schools.nyc.gov

Principals, teachers, and staff should visit Outdoor Learning (sign in required) for instructional guidance.

Communication to School Leaders

 

Dear School Leaders: 

We are excited to announce our new Outdoor Learning initiative, co-authored by the Division of School Planning & Development (DPSD) and the Division of School Climate & Wellness (DSCW) for the 2020-2021 school year. 
 
The DOE encourages schools to hold physical education (PE), dance, theater, chorus and band classes outside if possible. Schools may hold other classes outdoors as well. 
 
We invite you to tell us about your outdoor learning needs, and to request the use of additional nearby spaces. Specifically, if your school has a school yard which you plan to use for outdoor classes, please indicate that on this form. If you are seeking space in a nearby public park or adjacent street, please provide the requested information and we will work to accommodate schools provided that the request is deemed safe and feasible.
 
This program is open to public, charter, and private schools, as well as Learning Bridges. Schools in the 27 neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID and schools with no outdoor space on site will receive priority.
 
Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee approval for public parks or adjacent streets, which is contingent on a review for safety and feasibility. DOE will respond to your request within a week of submission. In some cases you may be asked to provide additional information or consider alternative options. 
 
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