Schools may be closed, but teachers find creative ways for students to connect

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Now that schools are closed across the state, a teacher from Carondelet Catholic School in Minneapolis greets her students in an unconventional way.

"Good morning Tommy!"

"Good morning Max!"

"Good morning Charlie!"

One by one, each second grader in Heather Faber’s second-grade class greets each other as their faces pop up on their tablet screens. Their morning meeting routine has found a way to continue on, even when schools across the state are closed.

"I miss you guys so much," Faber tells the 16 students who are all gathered online in a video conference call.

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Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Faber, who teaches at Carondelet Catholic School in Minneapolis, is gathering her students online to maintain routine and connection.

She’s able to do everything from going over lesson plans to giving virtual hugs to her students.

"Just having that touchpoint with your kids is key, they need to see your face and know its okay that you are smiling, even though on the inside you might be afraid to," Faber said.

"I thank God for technology," she added.