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9-year-old bursts into tears when she learns she’ll be going back to school after 358 days

A fourth grader from California broke down in tears when she learned she’d finally be returning to in-person learning after 358 days out of school during the pandemic.

Like many children around the US, nine-year-old Clara Zanotto from Redondo Beach has been home doing virtual school since COVID-19 began sweeping the US last March, according to ABC.

But now, just a week shy of the one-year anniversary of in-person classes being canceled, Clara is going back to school to see her friends and teachers again — and her mother Tarine caught the emotional moment she found out on camera.

Virtual learning: Clara Zanotto from Redondo Beach, California has been home doing virtual school since March 13, when COVID-19 began sweeping the US

Virtual learning: Clara Zanotto from Redondo Beach, California has been home doing virtual school since March 13, when COVID-19 began sweeping the US

Virtual learning: Clara Zanotto from Redondo Beach, California has been home doing virtual school since March 13, when COVID-19 began sweeping the US

A very long time: She's been home just under a year, 358 days

A very long time: She's been home just under a year, 358 days

A very long time: She’s been home just under a year, 358 days

Surprise! Her mother revealed to her last week that she is returning to in-person learning this Wednesday, March 13

Surprise! Her mother revealed to her last week that she is returning to in-person learning this Wednesday, March 13

Surprise! Her mother revealed to her last week that she is returning to in-person learning this Wednesday, March 13

In the two-minute video, Tarine summons her daughter to the dining room table, where she holds up a slip of paper reading ‘358 days.’

‘Long time right?’ reads a second piece of paper.

‘A lot has happened since March 2020,’ reads a third slip that Tarine pulls out of her lap.

Clara reads out loud as her mother holds up more papers, recounting how school was cancelled on March 13, 2020.

‘But we have some news,’ the messages go on. ‘Guess what?’

Here, Clara tries to guess what good thing her mother is trying to tell her — and hopefully asks if they’re getting a dog. 

Yay! Immediately, an emotional Clara bursts into tears as she tells her mom: 'I haven't been to school in such a long time!'

Yay! Immediately, an emotional Clara bursts into tears as she tells her mom: 'I haven't been to school in such a long time!'

Yay! Immediately, an emotional Clara bursts into tears as she tells her mom: ‘I haven’t been to school in such a long time!’

Emotional: Clara continues to sob as her mother pulls her into a hug, jumping up and down in an effort to turn the tide of the little girl's overwhelmed reaction

Emotional: Clara continues to sob as her mother pulls her into a hug, jumping up and down in an effort to turn the tide of the little girl's overwhelmed reaction

Emotional: Clara continues to sob as her mother pulls her into a hug, jumping up and down in an effort to turn the tide of the little girl’s overwhelmed reaction

But her mom just holds up two more slips of paper, first with Wednesday’s date — 3/3/2021 — and then with the big surprise. 

‘You are going back to school,’ the final slip of paper reads.

Immediately, an emotional Clara bursts into tears as she tells her mom: ‘I haven’t been to school in such a long time!’

Clara continues to sob as her mother pulls her into a hug, jumping up and down in an effort to turn the tide of the little girl’s overwhelmed reaction.

Soon, Clara is jumping up and down and smiling through her tears, clearly thrilled for the return to some normalcy.

Woohoo! Soon, Clara is jumping up and down and smiling through her tears, clearly thrilled for the return to some normalcy

Woohoo! Soon, Clara is jumping up and down and smiling through her tears, clearly thrilled for the return to some normalcy

Woohoo! Soon, Clara is jumping up and down and smiling through her tears, clearly thrilled for the return to some normalcy

Pumped! She said that while she has learned well at home because there are fewer distractions, she really misses seeing her friends

Pumped! She said that while she has learned well at home because there are fewer distractions, she really misses seeing her friends

Pumped! She said that while she has learned well at home because there are fewer distractions, she really misses seeing her friends

Tarine shared the video with ‘Reopen California Schools‘ last week.

‘I’m really, really excited because I get to go back and see all my friends,’ Clara told the Daily Caller.

‘I know when I was at school, I was never home much and I didn’t get to be home a lot. So that’s the like good part that staying home, but I guess it’s bad on the part that we can’t go to school. Cause we can’t see our teachers and friends.

Though she said she actually found home learning a bit easier because there were fewer distractions, she misses socializing.

‘I guess it’s just harder to talk, have a conversation with one of your friends on zoom,’ she said.

According to an interactive map, most schools in Southern California are still restricted to distanced learning only.

A few school districts are offering a hybrid, while only a small number in the area have returned fully to in-person schooling.

Source: Daily Mail |World News

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