Thursday, families picked up students from Tulsa Public Schools from in-person learning.
It is the first time in 11 months that students in all grades are back in the classrooms.
Students said they are ready and excited to be back in the classroom.
“When they would say 'oh we’re not going to school anymore,' and we started doing online school--it wasn’t the best. I didn’t really know how to work canvas; I never worked canvas before,” said Rhian Stewart.
Stewart is excited to be back after spending the first semester of her 7th grade year at Carver in distance learning.
Learning from home has been a challenge for students and teachers alike.
“For me it was confirming "oh yes I do know what I’m doing." This is meaningful because I think we lost some of that when we were trying to have zoom meetings. It was just a sense of relief, a joy," said Penny Davis.
Davis is a band director at Webster Middle School and said the joy of seeing her students face to face again was overwhelming.
“This kid said Ms. Davis I feel like I have learned more today than I have all this year so far and I mean I might have to agree with that because I can see what the students was doing and correct it in the moment whereas before it just wasn’t possible," said Davis.
Tulsa students will be learning from home every Wednesday for the rest of the semester, but teachers and students are just glad to be back 4 days a week.
“I’m very excited because I get to see a lot of old faces probably new faces depending on who came. It’s been awhile since I’ve been back," said Stewart.
TPS is asking parents to check their students everyday to see if they have a fever, cough, or sore throat before sending them to class.