Kids all over the country are going back to school. Many are returning to classrooms. “I can’t wait to see my friends,” Stella Smit, 8, told TIME for Kids. She goes to school in Denver, Colorado.
In parts of the United States, the coronavirus pandemic is now more under control. That is because many people have been vaccinated. People ages 12 and up can get the COVID-19 vaccine . This has slowed the spread of the disease.
But the virus that causes COVID-19 has changed. Scientists and doctors are keeping track of it. They share guidance based on what they learn. Kids are less likely to get seriously sick from the virus. The same is true for people who are vaccinated.
In It Together
The pandemic began a year and a half ago. Since then, many kids have fallen behind in school. They haven’t been able to see their friends. And the pandemic has affected them emotionally .
Teachers are determined to help students succeed. “When we get back into school, we’re going to keep working together,” Christine Alvarado says. She is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools, in Illinois.
Some kids are excited about the new school year. Others are nervous. Some feel different emotions at the same time. “However you feel about being back in school is okay,” Alvarado says. After all, she adds, “we’ve been through a lot.”
The pandemic has changed education. Many students have gotten better at using technology. So have teachers. Online learning might become more common. Tonya Bozeman is a superintendent. She works for Conecuh County Schools, in Alabama. “It taught us that we can be flexible in our thinking,” she says about the pandemic.