WATCH: St. Louis area teachers throw parade for cooped-up students

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COLLINSVILLE, IL (KMOX) - With their classrooms empty and their students at home because of the coronavirus outbreak, teachers and staff at Renfro Elementary School in Collinsville held a parade Wednesday – just to say hi.

A couple dozen vehicles, decorated with signs and balloons, made their way through neighborhoods with horns honking. Teachers waved and shouted encouragement to students and parents who stood outside, some with their own signs, waving back. 

The parade followed one of three bus routes.

The teachers are planning to hold at least two more parades, each covering a different bus route, over the next two Wednesdays.

Similar parades are being held in other school districts around the St. Louis area, such as Granite City and Litchfield. 

Parade of teachers in #GraniteCity IL School District today. They had two caravans split between neighborhoods. Goal was to show love to students & families during #COVID19 separation. pic.twitter.com/79gehud0TU

— Brad Choat (@choatsnews) March 26, 2020

The virus has claimed 19 lives in Illinois and infected 1,865 people. The state went under a stay-at-order over the weekend, which will be in effect – including the closure of all K-12 schools in the state – until April 7. 

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