OC students begin return to in-person learning

Many students from across Orange County headed back to school campuses last week for the first time in over six months after the pandemic forced closures in March.

Students from the Tustin, Irvine, Fountain Valley and Cypress school districts were among the first in the county to begin opening their school sites last week. This week brings the return of even more students as the Capistrano, Saddleback Valley, Orange, Newport-Mesa and Ocean View school districts open up their doors for in-person instruction.

To adhere to social distancing protocols, many districts will bring students back using a hybrid model with students spending some hours of the week in the classroom, with the remainder completing classwork through distance learning.

And while the pandemic may have changed the way students learn and connect, it certainly hasn’t changed the enthusiasm that is felt from returning to campus on the “first” day of school. Just as they did on the official first day of school last month, parents, students and school staff chronicled the excitement of this special day on social media.

Here’s a sample of social media posts from different campuses across the county.




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Rockets and staff are so happy to be back on campus!! ?

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