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  • East Side Intermediate third-grade teacher Stephanie Ferrell stops traffic for a quick photo with a student at the Summer Send-Off parade Tuesday.

    East Side Intermediate third-grade teacher Stephanie Ferrell stops traffic for a quick photo with a student at the Summer Send-Off parade Tuesday.
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  • Teachers at West Side Primary wave to students at the Summer Send-Off Tuesday.

    Teachers at West Side Primary wave to students at the Summer Send-Off Tuesday.
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  • ABOVE: Teachers at West Side School gather -- while still observing social distancing -- to cheer for students at the drive-by Summer Send-Off. Parades have become more and more popular as a way to celebrate the end of school during the coronavirus pandemic.LEFT: Teachers at East Side School cheer as students are driven by. There also will be some sort of a graduation for Harrisburg High School Class of 2020, Unit 3 Superintendent Mike Gauch assured students and parents. In the meantime, however, there will be a parade for seniors at 6 tonight along the Homecoming route.

    ABOVE: Teachers at West Side School gather -- while still observing social distancing -- to cheer for students at the drive-by Summer Send-Off. Parades have become more and more popular as a way to celebrate the end of school during the coronavirus pandemic.LEFT: Teachers at East Side School cheer as students are driven by. There also will be some sort of a graduation for Harrisburg High School Class of 2020, Unit 3 Superintendent Mike Gauch assured students and parents. In the meantime, however, there will be a parade for seniors at 6 tonight along the Homecoming route.
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  • Teachers and staff at West Side hold signs and cheer as students are driven by on Tuesday.

    Teachers and staff at West Side hold signs and cheer as students are driven by on Tuesday.
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  • Teachers at East Side School cheer as students are driven by.

    Teachers at East Side School cheer as students are driven by.
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By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
Posted on 5/22/2020, 4:52 PM

HARRISBURG -- Students at Harrisburg's two grade schools got a summer send-off Tuesday afternoon from their former teachers.

Teachers, administrators and staff gathered in front of both West Side Primary and East Side Intermediate schools as students were driven past, waving.

Some students stood through open sunroofs.

Teachers, many of whom made signs, practiced social distancing as they gave their students shouts and cheers.

Student parades have become a popular way to celebrate the end of the school year in the current reality of living during a pandemic.

A parade for high school seniors, following Harrisburg's Homecoming parade route, will be at 6 p.m. today.

Earlier in the week, Harrisburg Superintendent Mike Gauch assured students and parents that the Unit 3 school district will have some sort of graduation for the Class of 2020.

Such a ceremony, with a date to be determined, will likely involve vehicles with graduates parked in a drive-in movie fashion and will follow any Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, Gauch said.