RIVERSIDE, Calif. - On Wednesday, Riverside Unified School District elementary students returned to school for in-person learning five days a week.
"I am so happy," parents echo as they wait to pick up their kids at Pachappas Elementary.
That’s about 12,500 children, as Riverside County’s second-largest public school district moves forward to set a complete return to campus teaching.
School principal Erica Square says that parents got a choice, at the beginning of the school year, whether to have their children return full-time, part-time, or stay in remote learning.
About 80% of the parents at her school picked the full-time option.
Some parents say it's not only a matter of it being better for their kids, some parents were about to lose their jobs, staying at home full-time with their sons and daughters.
Check out what the students say about the experience in our piece.
Middle schoolers go back to five days a week, starting Wednesday, April 28 and high schoolers return to classes the first week of May.