H. J. Lassaline Catholic Elementary School in Forest Glade was a hive of activity on Tuesday morning as students were dropped off for the first day of school.
School principal Marisa Wismer said she felt well-prepared — and excited — for the students' return. But she knows some parents are feeling anxious about sending their kids back.
"We've definitely taken a cautious and measured approach to reopening our schools by carefully implementing all of our return-to-school guidelines, and in doing so, this has allowed us to create an atmosphere that's safe for both staff and students," she said.
Children across Windsor and Essex County will be sitting in their desks for the first time since the spring, when in-person learning was shut down across the province.
This time around, COVID-19 cases are surging once again in Windsor-Essex. As of data released Friday, there are more than 500 active cases locally, and 18 active outbreaks.
There are some changes this year, including the postponement of extracurricular activities due to a recommendation from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
Families could opt out of in-person learning for the school year but the vast majority have chosen to send their kids to school, according to data previously released by the boards.
More to come.