We are welcoming back students to in-person learning in grades K-5 today for the first time in almost a year. I was at Haw River Elementary School this morning at 7:20 a.m. as the first students stepped off the bus (after participating in health screening) and entered the building. Masks, physical distancing, and hand sanitizer for all. Safety and physical distancing reminders were clearly visible, and Haw River’s sanitization specialist was hard at work cleaning frequently touched surfaces at entry points. Thanks to all who made the return of elementary students to in-person learning a safe reality – emotional for sure, in a good way.