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Outdoor School program returns after COVID shut down

December 1st, 2022 by WCBC Radio

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the Allegany County Public School System’s Elementary Outdoor School program returned this year. It has  been a bit of a roller coaster for the program  over the years-  a low point being when it was shut down for more than a decade  as a result of budget cuts. The five-day residential program for fifth graders that includes activities such as hikes, canoeing, and camp songs is now completely back and in full swing.  Michael McGowan, supervisor of elementary education, provided an update on the program during the November meeting of the Board of Education. He says while the overall goal is to provide opportunities for students in environmental education, the program offers so  much more…