MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today the Medford School District welcomed back kindergarten and first grade students to in-person learning.
Kindergarten and first grade students will be in class full-time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
On Wednesdays, they'll be on Zoom for two hours.
"We just really appreciate our parents exercising some patience with us as we learn all of the new procedures and expectations. We know it's been a hard, long year for our parents as well, and we just really appreciate them,” said Wilson Elementary School principal Charity MacLeod.
For first grade teacher Erica LeBleu, getting back into a normal routine was long-awaited.
“It's just so nice to have students in the room and not be seeing them on the computer,” LeBleu said.
LeBleu says she tries to make her classroom feel more comfortable for them.
“I put up lights so that they can put their work up,” LeBleu said. “I feel like I've made more of an effort than ever this year to make sure that the classroom felt more like a home.”
LeBleu says details like this help her students take their minds away from the reality of the situation.
“Even though it isn't the same, it is the same because we're all together again,” LeBleu said.