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As More Schools Resume In-Person Learning, Some Lessons From Districts That Did It First


October 9, 2020

It was a joyous back-to-school scene: Boys and girls showed up with freshly pressed clothes, scrubbed faces, and hair bows. They took pictures in front of their new classrooms. Weepy parents said goodbye to their kindergartners for the first time. 

The same panorama has greeted the first day of school since time immemorial, but this one, in the Rocklin, Calif., district on Sept. 21, was a bit different: The school year had actually started an entire month ago—online. This was the first day of in-person learning.

“There was really a feeling of hope for so many kids—that things can begin to be on a path or trajectory to some of the things that were taken from them this past spring,” said Superintendent Roger Stock. “We know it won’t be normal for a while, but to give them that sense of resilience and hope is just great to see.”


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