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Thousands of students return to classrooms across the DMV

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 2/16/2021 John Gonzalez (ABC7)

Thousands of students today in multiple D.C.-area counties are back in classrooms for the first time in a while.

Schools in Loudoun County resumed their hybrid in-person learning model for Pre-K through the 5th grade Tuesday, as well as for certain students with disabilities, English learners, and academies of Loudoun attendees. The switch back to all-virtual was made in December amid rising coronavirus cases.

All grade levels are set to be back in the classroom part-time by March 3. More than 10,000 school system employees have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Interim superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler has also mentioned possible plans for summer school classes. A new program, called ‘concept recovery’ that is expected to be in-person. will be presented on March 9th.  

Today students will be checked in, they will be checked for mitigation and reminded about mitigation strategies as they come through these hallways.

We want to make sure that when families go out, shopping or out to dinner, that they're following those safe practices out in the community," Ziegler says.  "Because if we stop or slow the spread out in the community that makes our schools safer and helps us get back to more in-person days and helps us prepare for the next school year.

Students will be able to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner to take home if they want.

The return to hybrid-learning only applies to students whose families selected hybrid learning for the spring semester in a survey distributed earlier this year.

ALSO READ: GUIDE: Where DC, Maryland & Virginia stand on vaccine availability, and how to sign up

We asked the interim superintendent - how do you make a smooth return to school for 84,000 students in 94 buildings?

The message I would give to parents, the thing we need your help with the most is making sure students and teachers and families are following mitigation strategies," Ziegler said.  "So we want to make sure kids are coming to school with masks, they're not coming to school when they're ill.

Also back in classrooms today: a limited number of Fairfax County students, all Frederick County, Maryland students who selected a hybrid model, and  Stafford County students who selected the hybrid model and are in grades 10 through 12. Click through a photo gallery of pictures released by the school systems above.

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