Some teachers at Huntington Park Elementary School have found a unique way to stay in personal touch with their students while practicing physical distancing.
Twice a week, around 3 p.m., a group of four or five of them have been riding their bicycles around the east Mountain school neighbourhood waving to and sometimes stopping and safely chatting with the youngsters they have been teaching online since March.
“It’s all fine to go online and see them on a computer, but we love to connect with the kids and the kids really love to see us too,” said Oliver Resovac, a physical education teacher at the K-8 school.
Cindy Csordas, who has three children who attend Huntington Park, said the afternoon rides have been an uplifting experience for the kids, noting the youngsters come out and stand on the sidewalk when the teachers ride by, some holding signs they have made.
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“It’s nice for (the children) to actually see the faces of their teachers who they are missing terribly,” Csordas said. “They are out holding signs saying they miss you.”
Resovac said the teachers’ two-hour ride takes them across a 16 kilometre stretch of the east Mountain community between Fennell and Mohawk and Upper Gage to the Mountain brow.