Teachers and staff of Ecole Mountview Elementary School bid students goodbye Friday. “I have tears in my eyes,” said principal Diane Roberts as students and their families drove by the school. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Red Deer school says goodbye to students for summer

It was an unusual end to the year, but teachers and staff at a Red Deer school still got the chance to say goodbye to students for the summer.

Families drove by Ecole Mountview Elementary School on Friday, when teachers waved and held signs for students while practising proper social distancing standards on the sidewalk.

“We’re not allowed to hold any large gatherings (due to COVID-19),” said principal Diane Roberts.

“Usually, we do have farewell gatherings at the end of the school year for Grade 5s moving on to middle school, for kindergarten graduation and things like that.

“This is just a way for us to say thanks to the families for working hard during the online learning, to wish them a good summer and to send off our Grade 5s.”

“I have tears in my eyes,” Roberts said as students and families drove by the school.

“This gives us closure for the end of the year, wish them well, see their little faces – we miss them a lot.”

Friday was the final day for students at Ecole Mountview Elementary School and the rest of the Red Deer Public School District.

It was the last day of “formal at-a-distance instruction” for students at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools as well, according to a statement posted on the the district’s website.

“Schools will plan alternative non-academic activities for the week of June 22-26 and staff will continue to work as scheduled until the end of the month,” the statement said.

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