Students once again graced the campus of St. Anne’s School and kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Dieterle, was overjoyed to see their smiling faces without a screen interfering.
“There really are no words to describe how wonderful it was to be back in the classroom face-to-face with my students,” she said via email. “It brought tears to my eyes to see them arrive dressed in uniform, with these huge smiles, ready to learn. This is the way that five-year-olds should learn. Live and in-person, hands-on with the teacher right there in the flesh — not an image on a screen. And with friends to interact with face-to-face.”
St. Anne’s is one of six schools in Tulare County that was granted a waiver allowing students in kindergarten through second grade (K-2) to return to school for in-person learning. The other schools were Terra Bella’s Zion Lutheran School, Visalia’s George Mccann Elementary and St. Paul’s, Tulare’s St. Aloysius Catholic School, and Dinuba Junior Academy.
Saucelito Elementary School also received provisional approval by the county for in-person learning and its waiver is being reviewed by the California Department of Public Health.