Plainview Debuts Outdoor Classrooms

Stratford Road Elementary School students wear their masks and are socially distant while teachers expand their classrooms outside.
(Photo courtesy of the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District)

Since reopening, Stratford Road Elementary School in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District (POBCSD) has taken advantage of the fall weather and utilized the school’s courtyard and playground to become a new classroom for students.

The use of the outdoors as expanded classroom space allowed students to be socially distant while enjoying their lessons and the environment around them. Students have been able to use the outside as a place to build upon a variety of subjects. From science to social studies to math, students have been engaged with their schoolwork while appreciating nature.

Students have expressed support for the outdoor classrooms, highlighting their favorite parts of outdoor schooling. Many have preferred the comfort of outside as opposed to their normal desks. Students are able to greet fall with a smile, while excelling in their academics.

For more information about the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, visit the district’s website at Exciting activities happening throughout the district and programs celebrating student achievement can also be found on the district’s Facebook page at

—Submitted by the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District

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