Taylorsville teachers organize parade to greet students while social distancing
In keeping with social distancing requirements, teachers across Utah are checking in on their students in creative ways. Among them, many teachers — including those at Calvin Smith Elementary School in Taylorsville — organized parades on Friday in which they drove their personal vehicles through their students' neighborhoods to wave and shout words of encouragement to the children and their families.
"We drove through all the neighborhoods in our school boundaries," said Taylorsville City Council Chair Meredith Harker, who is a third-grade teacher at Calvin Smith. "It was so awesome to see the kids and parents smiling, waving and holding up signs. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart."
Schools are out until May 1 in accordance with efforts to limit spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Students continue to learn at home through digital and long-distance instruction remotely provided by their teachers.
Some families waved to teachers from the windows of their homes; others made signs that they held up as the teachers drove by. One parent commented: "This made our day! It made life feel a little more normal."
"I wish we were in school right now," Council Member Harker said. "But that sure was a great way to connect."