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ELK GROVE, Calif. (KTXL) — Hundreds of students in Elk Grove returned to elementary school campuses for the first time in a year Tuesday.

The Elk Grove Unified School District began in-person learning for grades T-K through third.

For now, elementary students are only on campus for a few hours every day. The district plans to bring upper grades back in the coming weeks.

Even with safety measures like masks and distancing in place, only about a third of families in the EGUSD have chosen to send their students back in-person.

District spokesperson Xanthi Soriano told FOX40 many families say distance learning is working well for them.

“It’s going to be a slow trickling in and gradual bringing students back,” Soriano explained. “Right now, most of our elementary schools, about 36% of the students will be coming back for in-person learning. Those are for our year-round schools.”

District officials are developing plans to continue offering some form of distance learning technology in years to come.

The EGUSD was one of the first districts in our region to send students home at the beginning of the pandemic.

They have had plans in place to bring students back since November, but they say case numbers and vaccination rates have just recently gotten to a point where they feel it’s safe to resume in-person learning.

Officials anticipate more and more students will begin returning to campuses over the next couple of months.

Traditional schools are expected to begin returning to in-person learning on March 25. Modified traditional schools are expected to begin returning on April 1.