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Parents walked their children to the front door or waved from the sidewalk, as a line of cars snaked down the driveway leading up to Rough Hollow Elementary School in Lake Travis.
The air hung with the typical buzz and excitement from the first day of school, as parents took photos and young students clung to their parents' legs. But intermixed with the familiarity were notable changes throughout. Signs around the campus remind students to social distance and wear a mask, with a few places away from classrooms where masks can be taken off. Even the youngest prekindergarten learners wore masks as they entered the campus
Chinese love horoscope 2021 forecast. It was the launch of the first day of in-person learning for the Lake Travis and Leander districts, two of the larger school systems in the Austin area. Round Rock and Pflugerville, which started school virtually last month, reopen to some students in coming days. The Austin school district reopened Tuesday with remotely only learning, and the Hays school district was mostly virtual, though about 10% of students whose parents did not have child care or home supervision were able to attend in person Tuesday.© Jay Janner First-grade teacher Jessica Dever talks to Sarah Single, 6, on the first day of school at Rough Hollow Elementary School in Spicewood on Tuesday. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
Since the coronavirus pandemic abruptly closed schools last spring, educators across the country have grappled with how to safely reopen their campuses. Most launched virtually with a transition period to bring students back onto campuses gradually. Small districts, like Thrall and Wimberley, already reopened their schools for in-person learning.
The reopening of the Central Texas' larger districts significantly boost the number of Austin-area students learning on campus. Health experts have cautioned not to reopen schools until the area's positivity rates — the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 among those tested — is less than the 5% threshold. Last week, the weekly average positivity rate for Travis County was 6.2% and 5.8% in Williamson County.© Jay Janner First-grader Elijah Sandford listens on the first day of school at Rough Hollow Elementary School in the Lake Travis school district on Tuesday. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
State officials allow districts to remain online-only instruction for the first four weeks of the school year before reopening school buildings for the gradual return of students. Otherwise, the districts risk losing state funding.
Harper Rehme snapped photos of her two daughters in front of an outdoor photobooth, that touted 'Back to School,' 'First Day,' and 'Welcome RHE Rattlers' among colorful backdrops.
'They're happy to be back in school,' Rehme said. 'They need to be taught by teachers and not by me. And for the socialization.'
Nearby, campus reading specialist Lindsey Reeves squeals upon seeing some familiar students. 'If I could give you the biggest hug, I so would,' she says to the two brothers.© Jay Janner Jonathan and Christi Tronson drop off their son, kindergartener Decklan Tronson, 6, on the first day of school at Rough Hollow Elementary School in Spicewood on Tuesday September 8, 2020. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
About 60% of Lake Travis districts students returned Tuesday, though some campuses and individual classrooms had more or less. About a quarter of Leander's students returned, as the district gradually phases in various grades; on Tuesday, special education students, prekindergarten through second grades, sixth and ninth grade students were allowed to return to campuses.© Jay Janner First-grader Evie Finnegan, 6, arrives for the first day of school at Rough Hollow Elementary School in Spicewood on Tuesday. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
'We're as ready as we can possibly be,' said Rough Hollow Principal Angela Frankhouser, overseeing dozens of prekindergarten students standing near an outdoor playscape with their parents as they prepared to line up to go inside. 'I'm excited. It's going to be a great year. People have been anticipating this day.'
A sign on the wall of first grade teacher Jennifer Dever's 13-student classroom says 'Hands Free Hello,' and gives students various ways they can greet each other: Blow a kiss, courtsey, thumbs up, wave, air bump and air high five.'© Jay Janner Custodian Oscar Gailani disinfects surfaces on the first day of school at Rough Hollow Elementary School the Lake Travis school district on Tuesday. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
Fourth grade teacher Judy Williams starts her day having her 18? students watch video clips about safety protocols, including the correct way to wear a mask. She asks them how they feel about returning in person.© Provided by Austin American-Statesman Vandegrift High School freshmen pass through the hall of the campus in between class periods. Tuesday was the launch of the first day of in-person learning for the Lake Travis and Leander districts, two of the larger school systems in the Austin area. [Melissa B. Taboada/American-Statesman]
'I feel amazed,' said one girl before others rattle off their feelings:
'Happy.' 'Excited.' 'Relieved.' 'Sad because we have to wear masks.'
At Vandegrift High School in the Leander district, freshmen only returned to the classrooms and other extracurricular activities, including dance and football brought back their teams in full. It'd been 187 days since the student's dance team, the Legacies, had met in person.© Provided by Austin American-Statesman Only one student attended in person for Vandegrift High School teacher Angela Tsai’s geometry class. Tsai stood behind a makeshift plastic protective barrier. Tuesday was the first day of in-person learning for the Leander and Lake Travis school districts. Austin also reopened but for remote only learning. [Melissa B. Taboada/American-Statesman]
On Tuesday, they donned their practice uniforms and masks and shook their silver pompoms in a choreographed dance.
'I'm glad we're able to be together again; it has been great,' said Vandegrift senior Taylor Bowman. 'It's a new experience but we're taking as much precaution as possible.'© Provided by Austin American-Statesman At Vandegrift High School in the Leander district, freshmen only returned to the classrooms and other extracurricular activities, including dance and football brought back their teams in full. [Melissa B. Taboada/American-Statesman]
One lone student showed up in person for teacher Angela Tsai's geometry class, while she simultaneously taught the others virtually. Tsai stood behind a makeshift plastic protective barrier.
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'I was really nervous with the technology piece and the health issue,' Tsai said. 'It think it's one of those things that once you start doing it, you feel better.'