AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - Some students in Monroe County went back to school Monday; others will have to wait until Tuesday.
The Amory School District is doing a soft start this week with students attending classes two days this week.
Students with last names that begin with A-L returned to campuses Monday. Students with last names that begin M-Z return Tuesday.
"I was very nervous about sending them back," parent Stephanie Capel said of her two children.
One child is a 6th grader at Amory Middle School. The other is a freshman at Amory High School.
Capel reminded her children to wear their masks and use hand sanitizer, which she said they have a small bottle hooked to their backpacks.
With such precautions, she believes they will be fine.
The Amory School District is not allowing any visitors into campus buildings, and all students and staff must wear masks.
"Everyone has been in great spirits,” High School Principal Leigh Stanford said. “They are kinda glad to be back and seeing each other."
Stanford said a majority of the high school students returned for in-person classes this year.
"About 50 of our almost 500 kids are going virtual, but the rest of our students are here."
As students arrived Monday morning, staff members checked their temperatures.
Capel said her children are fine with wearing masks while at school. However, she did raise the concern about the combination of heat and wearing masks on buses.
Next week, Amory students will go to school every day but Wednesday, which is scheduled to host virtual learning.
The nearby Monroe County School District also returned to school Monday. Monroe County is following a hybrid-style schedule.
Students in the Aberdeen School District, which is also following a hybrid schedule, return Aug. 24.