Students of St. Elizabeth Seton School in Red Deer were able to say hello to their teachers while practising physical distancing.
The Catholic school, which teaches prekindergarten to Grade 5 students, hosted a “We Miss You” parade Wednesday afternoon.
Teachers and staff stood on the sidewalk, spaced two metres apart from each other, while holding signs, waving and having brief conversations with parents and students as they slowly drove past the school.
“It’s so special to be out here to do this today, because we have missed our kids tremendously. We see them online daily, but it’s just not enough, because we teachers are made for human contact,” said principal Cathy Cameron, who was wearing a flamingo costume during the parade.
Students have only seen teachers virtually, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused in-class lessons to be cancelled.
The parade was much needed, Cameron said.
“Knowing that the rest of our (educational assistants) are going to be laid off temporarily indefinitely, this is what we all needed. It’s a little boost of morale to get us through to next year.”