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Penn Hills teachers post selfie video with uplifting messages for students

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 10:21 AM

Around 150 teachers at Penn Hills School District contributed to a selfie video addressed to their students.

The idea was to let students, who are stuck at home as schools across the state remained closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, know they are missed, said Matt Herdman, a high school math teacher.

Herdman said he sent a district-wide email to staff and teachers Sunday night. By Monday, he had around 30 photos of teachers and staff holding up handwritten messages of encouragement.

He gave the district until Tuesday afternoon to respond and posted the more-than-six-minute-long compilation video on the district’s Facebook page on Wednesday. It has been shared around 100 times.

Teachers had messages such as “I miss ya’ll. Thanks for being my inspiration!!!” and one teacher encouraged students to learn something new, like playing guitar, with all the time they had.

The statewide school closures were extended another two weeks on Monday, as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order for 10 counties, including Allegheny County.

Many school districts are conducting or have plans to begin distance learning for students while schools are closed. Click here for information about your school district and when it could being distance learning and, when, eventually, students might return to classrooms.