By Nick Sestanovich
Familiar back-to-school scenes played out at Markham Elementary School Thursday — students lining up to enter their new classrooms, teachers laying down ground rules, cars lined up along the curb to drop off students and crossing guards back in full force.
There were also differences from past years — it was a cold March day instead of a hot mid-August one, social distancing markers on the ground, plastic barriers around some desks. And, the fact that students were simply continuing their lessons from the previous day but in a new environment.
One year and five days since Vacaville Unified School District made the decision to close all of its campuses for in-person learning because of the coronavirus, elementary students throughout the district returned to campuses Thursday for the new hybrid model, in which cohorts of students meet at different times of the day to ensure social distancing.