Santa Maria teachers, staff greet students with car parade while social distancing

Posted at 7:35 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 22:35:06-04

Robert Bruce Elementary School staff members found a unique way to greet their students while following social distancing orders.

Teachers and other staff drove in a car parade Friday in Santa Maria to wave hello to their students in their neighborhoods.

"We wanted to go out and just wave and let them know that we're still here for them, even though we can't be here for them," said Tami Williams, a first grade teacher at Robert Bruce Elementary School.

Staff began their journey in the school parking lot and drove around nearby neighborhoods from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Williams said this car parade was a way for staff to show their appreciation for their students in a safe, socially distant way.

"We want you to do the best for your family," said Williams. "Stay safe, make sure you're distancing yourself from others and know that we're here for you and we're always thinking of you, even though we're off."

The elementary school's website says the campus has been closed to follow shelter-at-home guidelines but online learning continues.