Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced a new Outdoor Learning initiative for the 2020-2021 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.
Schools in areas hardest hit by COVID-19 with no outdoor space will receive priority.
Beginning on Monday, school principals can submit a request for learning space in school adjacent streets and nearby parks. Schools that want to use their own on-site yards can fill out a survey to notify the Department of Education.
Proposals submitted by Friday, August 28th will receive responses by September 4. Additional requests can be submitted on a rolling basis.
Jamaica, Rockaway and Far Rockaway are some of the Queens neighborhoods that will be prioritized.
Others include Corona, Briarwood and Queensbridge in Long Island City.