In a phased approach, Danville Public Schools welcomed back some students on Monday in grades K-three, six, nine and 12.
Officials estimate about half of the students elected to come back to the classrooms.
The K-three students will attend school every day save for Wednesdays. The other grades return on an A/B schedule that allows for two days of face-to-face instruction each week.
All other grades will return on the same A/B schedule starting Nov. 16.
Part of the school division’s mitigation plan is to require students to wear masks while in classes, making Danville one of the few school systems with such a protocol. Students also will still be required to physically distance themselves in classrooms and in hallways while also maintaining proper handwashing practices. Additionally, students will have their temperatures taken when they arrive at schools and whenever else as necessary.