The coronavirus-related shutdown of schools has left a lot of people feeling down.

“We’re concerned with the kids’ social/emotional health,” said Chad Johnson, principal of Pahvant Elementary School. “The thing we’ve found is the kids are important for our social/emotional health as well … we became educators because we enjoy teaching children.”

Teachers are having regular contact with students through digital meetings and online assignments, but it’s not the same as in class instruction.

“It’s hard having them home,” Johnson said. 

To that end, a banner was posted on the side of Pahvant with a message for students.

“We want them to know that this is their school,” Johnson said. “We’re still here and we still care about them. Hopefully they’ll see it as they ride their bike by, or if their parents are driving by the school.”

Now in the final month for the 2019-20 year, Johnson said teachers and students are trying to maintain learning experiences. 

“We’re planning on being back in the fall,” Johnson said. He said the hope among both students and teachers is that the traditional classroom setting will return.

In the meantime, teachers and administrators are working to reach out to students.

“I think it was a neat idea,” said Rae Lynn White, the school’s secretary, about the banner. “It was a pretty creative way to show our students that our schools are doing things.”

School’s official last day in Sevier School District is Friday, May 22.

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