WHITESBORO, N.Y. --- It's been six months since students were in the classroom. Districts spending those months planning for a year, unlike anything they've seen before.
Many schools taking on different forms of learning. Whitesboro Central Schools adopting a hybrid method of teaching. Those students that were in school today anxiously waited at the bus stop to begin the school year.
Andrea Corderro of Whitesboro made sure her kids were packed with the essentials.
"We're excited, they're ready to get back to school. Its been a while. It was challenging at times working and having them home. But we did what we had to do the kids were great so," said Corderro.
As students disembarked off of their buses, their COVID screening cards in hand, teachers welcomed them back with open arms. Whitesboro Central Schools Superintendent Brian Bellair said the district's hard work with creating a plan has paid off.
"All of the hours that we put in. Reviewing guidance and developing plans, it was all worth it. When we saw those students get off of the buses, be greeted by their teachers, it was absolutely phenomenal," said Bellair.
Those working remotely signing in online from home. For Rhianna Donohue, as one of her kids boards the bus for in-person learning, her other two are staying home. It's an adjustment Donohue said for her was easy
"It's been ok because I pretty much work from home anyways. So it kind of transitioned ok," said Donohue.
New York Mills has also adopted a hybrid model of learning. Superintendent Joanne Shelmidine said her district's first day went smoothly but said they did find some things to improve on.
"We've had to do a little bit of tweaking from students going from lunch to recess, but we did a dry run with staff week so that we could anticipate some of those issues," said Shelmidine.
Because the hybrid model calls for groups of students to go every other day, a new group of kids will be welcomed back into the classroom tomorrow.