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Denmark is hosting school classes in the forest

Denmark has allowed children to attend school in the forest, giving them new skills during the pandemic.

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Kids are pictured during a street basketball tournament in Copenhagen, Thursday Oct. 1, 2009. Youth in Denmark are holding school classes outdoors.

Fabian Bimmer, Associated Press

Denmark has gone all-in on having outdoor classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s going on:

The school Samso Frie Skole, located on the Danish island of Samso, has been hosting school classes outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reports.

  • Students will “wander through a rambling woodland, lush with trees and crisscrossed by dirt tracks,” according to The Washington Post.
  • They’ll also “walk or bike more than a mile from their old classrooms to their new forest school. Teachers haul some of the younger children in carts affixed to bicycles,” according to The Washington Post.
  • The students spend time outside and inside during the day. Weather is a factor, sure. But the school is flexible in how it hosts classes.

Why it matters:

The model for outdoor classes has grown in recent years as countries continue to let students return to school during the pandemic. Some schools — like those in Denmark — have decided to hold outdoor classes since experts believe the virus may be less transmissible outside.

For example, a school in New Hampshire has had students learn while outside, The Union-Leader reports.

  • “When they get to the end of the day, there isn’t the level of fatigue,” said sixth grade teacher Katherine Nickel. “They’re tired, but not in the same way.”