This parent is giving a whole new meaning to ?school bag? as he helps a class of primary pupils safely cross a river by  taking them in a plastic bag.

When the children in Sam Lang  village, Dien Bien Province, near Hanoi in northern Vietnam could not get to  school due to spring floods, one father found an unorthodox solution.

As the nearby suspension bridge was out of  action, he put the children in a plastic bag to keep them dry, and carried them  across the flooded river.

His incredible devotion to  the children?s education was filmed by their teacher Tong Thi Minh.

In the clip, one of the children?s fathers  can be seen carefully wrapping  up each child in a plastic bag before he  launches himself neck deep into the raging torrent.

Once at the other side, the  still dry child jumps out, before the man swims back to pick up another.

In the clip filmed last year,  female teachers and students were seen waiting for their turn to traverse the  Nam Po stream.

Vietnamese newspaper Tuoi Tre News said a  local man was captured holding the bag  in one hand and swimming across the  water with the other hand despite  the powerful currents.

Miss Minh told the newspaper: ?It?s normal.  That?s the only way to cross the stream because no bridge can stand  floodwater.

?I?ve taught here since September last year.  At first, I did not know how to  ford the stream so I had to follow what local  villagers did later.?

According to Miss Minh, many parents in the  village also bring their children to  school that way to keep their uniforms dry  when the area is flooded.

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