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Teacher Creates Special Suit to Hug Her Students

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May 13, 2020 -- An elementary school teacher in Indiana came up with a unique way to safely hug her students during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kelsey Pavelka used resealable plastic bags to create a barrier-like suit in her doorway so she could visit with her second graders. “They came. We hugged. We talked and laughed and hugged some more,” she shared on Facebook.

"Most students ran up to my door squealing!" Pavelka told CNN. “Many parents have shared that their student really needed this.”

The teacher says 14 students came by to visit, and she set out cleaning supplies for them to disinfect the plastic between each hug.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on May 13, 2020

Sources

Facebook: Kelsey Pavelka, May 6, 2020.

CNN: “An Indiana Teacher Created a Way to Safely Hug Her Students During Quarantine.”

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