In addition to the many documented benefits of outdoor classroom designs, the OutClass™ system offers:
Reduced risk of exposure to COVID-19
Studies show that COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors than in outdoor conditions. There’s a far greater dilution of particles outside thanks to improved air circulation and sunlight. It is also much easier to respect social distancing protocols while outdoors than it is in confined spaces, therefore greatly reducing the risk of contraction.
In addition, all OutClass™ products are made from sustainably-harvested wood. As a porous surface, wood has been shown to eliminate any trace of COVID-19 within 24 hours — compared to 4-5 days for non-porous surfaces such as plastic and steel.
***Green Schoolyard America “Learning Outdoors in COVID-19” Resources: https://www.greenschoolyards.org/covid-learn-outside
Quick and easy set-up and removal
Designed for fast and efficient shipping and set-up, OutClass™ can transform any open space into an effective outside classroom in a single day. Seating arrangements allow for infinite configurations, and the equipment can be delivered and set-up in a single day.
OutClass™ Outdoor Classrooms Include:
- Blackboards for teaching
- Solid, stable, natural seating and desks
- Equipment storage
- Buffers between classes
- Sun and inclement weather protection
OutClass™ is the smart approach to safely scale your classroom capacity and offer outside learning.
Adaptable to meet your evolving needs
The OutClass™ system can be repurposed based on your evolving needs. Seating arrangements can be reconfigured into gathering areas, social seating, nature classrooms, and even bleachers for your sports fields.
You can also rearrange your OutClass™ system into an engaging, compliant play structure (ASTM, CSA, ADA), or a more elaborate, permanent outdoor classroom. See our OutClass™ transformed section and our specifications page for more information.
Integrated liability and insurance
The OutClass™ seats and desks are designed with a low center of gravity, weight distribution, and provide a stable base so they will not tip over. All OutClass™ products are free of splinters for safety, while maintaining a porous surface for COVID-19 mitigation and UV-protection for outdoor conditions. Every OutClass™ Outdoor Classroom is fully insured and specifically designed to be stored and used outdoors under any conditions unlike most indoor classroom infrastructure.
Outdoor and nature-based classrooms are not a new idea. The concept of taking students outside to enhance their learning, promote their development, and in some instances, offer a safer learning environment, has been around for a very long time.
History points to several periods where outdoor classroom designs were encouraged in response to public health concerns. In the early 20th century, for example, as tuberculosis ravaged North American cities, schools in New York and Toronto proposed the creation of open air and nature-based classrooms. The experiment was a success and the students who attended outdoor classrooms were noticeably healthier and suffered from fewer symptoms.*
*Source: The New York Times and TVO
In the era of COVID-19 and beyond, outdoor classrooms once again offer an opportunity to address health and safety concerns in the school environment. By providing an OutClass™ Outdoor Classroom, you position your school as a leader in outdoor education and are providing enhanced safety measures for students and teachers.