Johnston County schools return to in-person learning

First and Second graders lined the halls of Johnston County Public Schools today, and they're not alone.

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Kirsten Gutierrez
, WRAL reporter
CLAYTON, N.C. — First and Second graders lined the halls of Johnston County Public Schools today, and they’re not alone.

Grades six through 12 are also getting back in the classroom under a different plan.

“When I woke up this morning it’s like the equivalent of hitting the jackpot," said parent Chrissy Irons-Yeager. "You get the best Christmas present that you’re opening or winning the lottery, that’s how today felt truly.”

It was a day full of excitement as students were able to sit in their desk once again with a socially distant view of their friends.

“It was super great, I got to see my friends," said second grader Jocelyn Yeager.

“We took mask breaks, we had numbers to stand on and take our mask off," said classmate Maggie Barnes.

For many parents and students, it’s a day they’ve been waiting for.

“It was definitely different. But I’m glad she had a good day," Tami Barnes said.

Some parents believe the risk is too high. Out of 36,811 students enrolled in the system, 13,474 will continue to learn virtually.

Pre-K began in-person class on September 28, followed by kindergartners on October 5.

Today, first and second graders went back under plan A, in-person learning five days a week.

As for grades 6 through 12, they started under Plan B, which is a hybrid plan split into two groups for staggered in-person learning.

The third through fifth grades will begin next week.


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