TEMECULA—With the transition to distance learning as a result of COVID-19, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School, in Temecula, California, took it upon themselves to keep fostering a community environment. The school hosted a car parade for students to come to campus and wave to their teachers from a safe distance.
Kaitlyn Wichterman, a high school sophomore at Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School, said, “I’m happy we have the opportunity to continue our education at Saint Jeanne’s via distance learning since the closure of schools in the area, but I am so grateful to be part of a school that cares so much about students. It was so fun to see our teachers again, even though we had to keep our distance.”
Students and parents drove their cars around the Temecula school, waving to their teachers from their vehicles. “It was so great to see my teachers again. I get to see them every day using our distance learning technology, but I was so happy to see them in person,” said Saint Jeanne’s eighth-grader.
The students and their parents remained inside their cars while teachers remained inside or beside their vehicles. Teachers wore masks as a precaution, and a safe distance was adhered to while students and teachers greeted each other.
“Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School has always been known for our innovative and communitydriven learning environments. From our quick action with distance learning protocols to events like the car parade, we are so happy that our school community is very receptive and open,” said elementary school principal, Kristen Mora.