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A: Studies have shown that COVID-19 can spread much more easily indoors than in outdoor conditions. There’s a much greater dilution of particles outdoors thanks to greater ventilation, airflow and sunlight. In a study of more than 7,300 cases in China, just one was connected to outdoor transmission. In addition, it’s much easier to respect social distancing protocols while outdoors than it is in confined spaces. This greatly reduces the risk of contraction, especially when considering how difficult it is to monitor students’ proper usage of face masks.
A: All of our products are made from natural, sustainably-harvested wood products. The biggest advantage of wood is that it is a porous surface that has been shown to eliminate any trace of COVID-19 within 24 hours. Compare that to non-porous surfaces that typically make up the majority of indoor desks and chairs (such as plastic and steel), on which the virus can persist for 4 days or more. Each student’s seat includes a backpack hitch to keep all materials self-contained.
A: Each classroom can be set up or removed in less than 2 hours. Our 15 student module can be set up on a soccer field in an hour, while our 30 student module would generally take an hour and a half. Each OutClass™ system ships with all the equipment you need to properly and safely set up the classroom that’s best suited for your school.
A: Once measures relax, the OutClass™ offers endless configurations that can be quickly implemented based on your evolving needs. Seating arrangements can be brought-in closer together, or in groups, for a more interactive learning experience. Opportunities also abound to rearrange your OutClass™ into amazing play structures, gathering spaces, benches and bleachers, or a more elaborate, permanent outdoor classroom. See our OutClass™ transformed section, as well as our specifications page for more details.
A: We are ready to meet the growing demand of outdoor classrooms across North-America. To ensure timely delivery before the start of the 2020 school year, please place your order prior to August 24th.
A: Each OutClass™ system comes with optional all-weather cover sails to offer shade and help act as wind/precipitation barriers. Of course, no one solution will be perfect or without individual challenges. Experiencing the elements is part-and-parcel to offering an outdoor classroom, and a growing body of evidence shows the numerous benefits to students; from building resiliency, to improving attention spans, to boosting immune function. Our director of education has been crafting workshops that incorporate outdoor curriculum for nearly a decade, and outdoor classrooms already exist across the country in northern latitudes, from Wawa, Ontario to Whitehorse, Yukon. The old adage “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing” is often applicable in considering the type of fringe weather that might initially challenge once preconception of “appropriate” weather. There will be climates best suited for year-round use, however, the vast majority of outdoor classrooms in North America will remain viable resources for a majority of the school year.
A: No you don’t! Our OutClass™ seats and desks are designed with a low center of gravity, weight distribution, and stable-base which means they will not tip over without a machine or a directed effort by adults. Finished without splinters for safety while maintaining a porous surface for COVID-mitigation and UV protection for outdoor conditions. Every OutClass™ outdoor classroom is fully insured and specifically designed to be stored and used outdoors. Most indoor classroom infrastructure will void any liability insurance once used or stored outdoors.
A: An overwhelming abundance of studies have demonstrated the long term benefits of outdoor classrooms and learning. From higher grade point averages and better test scores, to decreased behavioral problems and reduced symptoms of ADHD (let alone the numerous health benefits!), the science is unanimous: outdoor classrooms improve the learning experience for students.
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OFFICIAL OUTCLASS™ OUTDOOR CLASSROOM SPRING 2021 CONTEST RULES
NO PURCHASE OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
Child care directors: Child care directors for the purposes of this Contest are pre-school and childcare centre directors that supervise and lead staff in relation to the caring and teaching of children and are responsible for all aspects of their centre’s programs, which may be for either private or public school child care centres.
School Principals: Principals for the purposes of this Contest are Principals of Elementary, Middle or High Schools.
3. CONTEST DATES AND TIMES: The Contest begins on February 10th, 2021 at 1:00 a.m. ET and ends on May 15th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Contest End Date”) after which time the Contest will be closed and no further entries shall be accepted.
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All winners assume any and all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by entering, participating in this promotion or use or redemption of a prize. Prizes must be accepted as awarded and have no cash value. Prizes or any portion thereof cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or special offers. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an alternate prize of equal or greater value if an advertised prize is unavailable at time of award.
Selected Entrants will be notified on May 17th, 2021 and will be contacted using the e-mail address provided at the time of entry into this Contest, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, and up to three attempts will be made to contact each Selected Entrant. A Selected Entrant that does not or cannot accept a prize may be forfeited and a new Selected Entrant selected by random draw, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. A signed copy of the Sponsor’s Release must be received by the Sponsor no later than 11:59 PM on May 20th, 2021. Sponsor is not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of a Selected Entrant to receive notification or for the Sponsor to receive a Selected Entrant’s response.
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Law: The Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable Canadian federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and local laws. This Contest shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the province of Ontario, Canada including all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest Rules, rights and obligations between entrants and the Sponsor, and procedural provisions, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Any dispute shall be adjudicated by the courts sitting in Hamilton, Ontario.
Rule amendments: The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend or modify these Contest Rules, or modify, cancel or suspend this Contest, without prior notice for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation in the event that any cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupts, or threatens to corrupt, the security or proper administration of the Contest.
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