Fairfax County, Arlington schools welcome back more students as part of hybrid return to in-person learning

Thousands of students in northern Virginia are heading back to the classroom Tuesday as part of the region's phased hybrid return to in-person learning.

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In Fairfax County, students in grades eight, nine and 12 will return for two full days of classroom instruction per week. Secondary public day programs will also return for twice a week in-person instruction. Fairfax County first welcomed some of the students back to the classroom last month.

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In Arlington, pre-k through second graders headed back to school as part of phase two of the hybrid model. Student will report to the classroom twice a week for in-person learning.

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Both school districts say strict safety and health protocols will be in place to minimize risks for all students and educators who participate in the in-person programs.