HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – If you chose the brick and mortar learning option for your child, you may have found yourself waking up to a different routine this morning. Monday, Hillsborough County students headed back into the classroom. We followed the superintendent and his team to some of those locations to give you the inside scoop on the students’ first day back.

“Grins from ear to ear when you see kids transition to hallways. Teachers, support staff, leaders, everyone is excited to do what we do best, which is educate children,” said Superintendent Addison Davis, Hillsborough County schools.

“You know, first day coming on, being able to open up schools, doing it in a way that is graceful, but also more importantly that it’s safe,” said Davis. “They’re ready for social interaction. They’re ready to make that connectivity with learning again.”

Superintendent Davis welcomed students back to their first day during his tour of six different Hillsborough County schools.

“Excited to walk Sickles High School, ready to do that right now and just continue to see that great passion, that energy and that focus,” said Davis.

The Hillsborough County School Board gave students an extra week before heading back due to their knowledge of the spread of COVID-19. Now, Superintendent Davis says the district has specific protocols in place if that spread were to impact their campuses.

“If anyone’s positive, first and foremost, we want them to contact their Covid leader at every one of our schools and then that individual will contact the Covid leader within our school district, the Covid Commander, and then we immediately start to engage the Department of Health. And in that we start to contact trace to identify who’s had direct or indirect contact,” said Davis.

Students and staff are expected to quarantine to reduce the possible spread if tested positive for the virus.

“Anybody that’s tested positive, they’ll have to self-isolate for 10 days. Anybody that transitions, that has had that direct close contact, they’ll have to quarantine for 14 days,” said Davis.

It’s a risk district officials say they’ve researched for months now and they’re willing to take.

“We know that Covid’s already out. It’s with us until we find a vaccine. The biggest thing we can do is put proactive strategies to mitigate the spread within every one of our institutions,” said Davis.

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