Kentucky schools continue to welcome students back in-person

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s back to the classroom for students in two central Kentucky school districts.

Franklin County schools and Madison County schools returned to in-person learning Monday.

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For Madison County, it’s the first time since November.

“They got up bright and early and were just excited,” Chaidez said.

Marco and Cortney Chaidez have six kids, from almost 2-years-old, up to 11.

This Richmond family has faced the difficulties of virtual learning just like many others.

They say they’ve had some concerns about their kids returning to in-person, including questions after some teachers received their first dose of the vaccine.

“Not knowing how this vaccination rolls on after they get it. That was one of our concerns that we had,” Chaidez said.

But they said at this point they feel confident in school staff taking precautions to protect the students.

Madison Central High School Principal Brandon Fritz says a lot of work went into preparing the school for students.

“We’re ready. We’ve got the one-way hallways in place, there’s a lot of things we’ve done. Signage throughout our building, just a lot of things that we’ve done to get ready for the kids to come back. Cleaning procedures with our custodians, our teachers,” Fritz said.

The school is on a hybrid schedule split between two groups on different days and students still have the option to continue virtual learning.

Principal Fritz said he’s just excited to see the kids’ faces again, even if they’re mostly covered up with a mask.

“This is kind of the first step in creating some unity back in our community. We’re excited to have the kids back and we just hope we can continue to progress and not go backwards,” Fritz said.

For some parents and school staff, the hope is students can remain in-person and eventually get back to a full classroom.