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Viral Video Shows Little Girl Busting Into Tears Of Joy When Her Mom Reveals School Is Open

  • Viral video footage shows a little girl bursting into tears when she discovers that she can finally return to the classroom.
  • Clara Zanotto’s mother Tarine told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview Thursday evening that her 9-year-old daughter will have been out of school for 358 days when she returns to the classroom next week.
  • Clara Zanotto is in 4th grade and has been doing online schooling since March 2020, her mother said.

Viral video footage shows a little girl bursting into tears when she discovers that she can finally return to the classroom.

The account Reopen California Schools posted a video Wednesday showing a little girl sobbing in happiness when her mother tells her that she can go back to school next week. Reopen California Schools director Jonathan Zachreson obtained the video and permission to post it from the child’s family after seeing it online, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“When I first saw the video come across our Facebook group, it was a story I knew was missing from the conversation,” he told the DCNF. “I shared this video across our platforms because I wanted to remind everyone, from parents, to teachers, to politicians, that getting schools open is about one thing – the kids.”

Clara Zanotto’s mother Tarine told the DCNF in a phone interview Thursday evening that her 9-year-old daughter will have been out of school for 358 days when she returns to the classroom next week. Clara Zanotto is in 4th grade and has been doing online schooling since March 2020, her mother said.

The child suffered from anxiety at the beginning of the pandemic, according to her mother, but her parents were able to help her get through this stage. Tarine Zanotto said her daughter is “very independent” with her online schooling, but noted, “we do help her.”

The Zanotto’s live in Redondo Beach, California, where Clara’s mother works as a personal assistant to a family in the area and her father works as a video editor, Tarine Zanotto said.

“She was born here,” Zanotto told the DCNF. “Me and my husband are originally from Brazil, but we live in Redondo Beach since 2007.”

When Zanotto found out that her daughter could return to school, she told the 4th-grader by showing her pieces of paper with the dates that Clara was last in school on them. She expected that her daughter would “scream in happiness” and was surprised by her reaction.

“She had that emotional burst of tears, holding back a lot of emotions and everything,” Zanotto told the DCNF. “She’s doing great with online schooling as far as its possible, of course, she’s much happier that she’s going back to school.”

The child’s mother said that “last year was not the best” in regards to how teachers in her child’s school district handled online schooling. But she said that “this school year they improved a lot.”

“It all depends on the child’s personality,” she said. “It’s not an ideal, it was ok, good.”

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