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In Orwell, residents gathered at the local elementary school one Saturday last summer armed with chainsaws and brush-clearing equipment to make space for classrooms in a rocky, forested area. And that’s where fourth-grade teacher Jenna Laslocky conducted class for all but the most frigid months.

“I think that children who had been alienated to a certain extent (or) who’ve struggled academically found terrain that very often they were very comfortable with,” she said.

Brooke Olsen-Farrell, superintendent of the Slate Valley Unified Union School District, to which Orwell belongs, said the district is considering using some of its Covid-relief funds to expand outdoor classroom space for the next school year. Other administrators have said the same.

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