By Nick Sestanovich
Familiar feelings were experienced throughout Vacaville Unified School District on its first day of school Thursday: excitement, nervousness, wonderment and even relief.
Eighteen months after being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids were back on campus full time and no longer behind a computer screen. The only major difference from the first day of school two years ago was that students and staff were masked up, as is the requirement for indoors, but the feeling was otherwise a sense of a return to normalcy.
This was especially evident at Cooper Elementary School, where first-year Principal Samantha Chizauskie expressed how excited she was.