During a normal year, teachers at Dundas Central Elementary School might ask parents to send their kids to school with markers or binders. This year, they asked for foldable lawn chairs.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, some students at the school on Melville Street are being taught in one giant classroom — the front yard — in those chairs supplied by parents.
"We're thinking out of the box and doing stuff we've never done before, the amount of octane in the staff right now is unbelievable," Robert Bell, a Grade 5/6 teacher at the suburban Hamilton school, said on Friday. He's one of several teaching outside.
He has students use easels or their own books as lap desks and he created his own blackboard by using plywood sheets, blackboard paint and zip ties to secure it to a fence.