Mayor and Chancellor announce “Outdoor Learning” initiative

AmNews Staff Reports | 8/26/2020, 1:12 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza recently announced, “Outdoor Learning,” a citywide outdoor learning initiative for ...
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza Bill Moore photos

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza recently announced, “Outdoor Learning,” a citywide outdoor learning initiative for the 2020-21 academic year. The program will allow schools to hold classes outdoors in schoolyards, adjacent streets and nearby park space.

The program is open to all public, charter, and private schools, as well as Learning Bridges. Schools in areas hardest-hit by COVID-19 with no outdoor space will receive priority for the program.

School principals began submitting requests this week for learning space in school adjacent streets and nearby parks. Schools that wish to use their own, on-site yards are also being asked to fill out the survey to notify the Department of Education.

Proposals submitted by Friday, Aug. 28 will receive responses by Sept. 4. Additional requests can also be submitted on a rolling basis. All submissions will be reviewed by an interagency working group comprised of the Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Transportation, Department of Sanitation, FDNY, NYPD.