Both students and staff wore mandatory face masks -- some with positive messages -- and maintained social distancing, sitting spaced apart at desks and in lines.
"While not the traditional 'first day' of the school year for our students, it was filled with all the emotion typically associated with that event, if not a little bit more. Proud parents, family hugs, excited faces, happy tears, and a sense of triumph. It was a good day," DUSD Interim Superintendent Daniel Moirao said in a community letter the next day.
"The sound of students singing songs in a classroom is one of the most welcome sensory experiences I have had in many years. As more students return to their physical classrooms in the coming weeks, I am hopeful that this long and unfortunate experience is slowly coming to an end," Moirao added.
Students in hybrid in-person learning will attend on site four days a week; Wednesdays are reserved as a full remote day for all students.
On days when students are attending class in-person, they will be divided into morning and afternoon schedules, with some attending earlier in the day and others later on.
California public schools are required by the state to offer the option of remote learning for families who wish to continue to do so. According to DUSD, most families have chosen the remote option for the rest of the school year.
The phased reopening saw DUSD students has first through third grade return on Monday, followed by fourth through fifth grade yesterday. Dublin middle and high school students will be eligible to return starting next Monday (March 29).
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