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Most Lubbock ISD students back in the classroom

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It was a first day of school unlike any other we have seen.

On Monday, thousands of Lubbock ISD students headed back to the classroom for the first time in 5 months.

But the school they returned to, not the same as it was.

Many new precautions and rules in place to keep both students and teacher safe. 

"We've actually reduced the number of tables in our cafeteria, we've pulled out chairs, we're sitting 5 to a table. And then probably one of the most unique things is QR codes our tables. Students will scan that QR code and enter in their name and the names of their friends, so we can trace back if we need to," Coronado High School Principal Julia Stephen explained.

Though school was "out" Superintendent Kathy Rollo says the school administrators have been working on re-opening plans around the clock.

"You'll see some things that are different, but you'll also see a lot of things that are the same. You'll see kids smiling, well if they're wearing their mask you won't see them smiling, but you can see them smiling with their eyes. Interacting with kids, teaching and learning and fun, " she said.

"They've worked so hard. Our son's a senior, so these seniors they've been waiting for this year all throughout high school," Coronado High School PTA President Jennifer Rankin said. "Of course, I understand parents of children that have underlying medical issues, I understand their concerns, but we just have total faith in our schools and we're just excited to get started," she added.

A majority of Lubbock ISD students, or about 82%, opted to attend school in person this Fall.

"Schools also take care of meeting the social, emotional needs of our students. The nutritional needs of our students, and that opportunity to interact with others and learn together," Rollo explained.

7,500 students have also chosen to begin the school year at a distance, online.

But they won't be denied access to important programs.

"For virtual students, we'll have 16 curbside meal sites all around the district, the same sites we had in the summer for families to come in for a drive through grab and go lunch and breakfast," assistant communications director at Lubbock ISD Erin Gregg said.

If a student or faculty tests positive, contingency plans are in place, to switch to virtual learning as those in close-contact are quarantined. 

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