Students and faculty are back in classrooms across SE Wisconsin

NOW: Students and faculty are back in classrooms across SE Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Students and faculty are returning to classrooms in a number of districts Wednesday morning, Sept. 1.

Among them are Wauwatosa, Waukesha, Nicolet High School, West Allis-West Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay. 

"It has been hard on kids both socially, emotionally and obviously academically, what we've gone through with this pandemic," said Wauwatosa superintendent Demond Means. "And while kids are resilient, they need to be with their teachers, they need to be with each other."

It was a high-energy welcome from staff at Wauwatosa High School with music and excitement. 

The band also played at Nicolet High School; teachers and staff rolled out the red carpet and lined the halls to greet students, continuing a 15-year tradition. 

"The students bring a lot of energy to our staff," said Nicolet High School Principal Joe Patek.

Some students were naturally a little nervous. 

"It's good seeing the red carpet again. It's also more nerve-racking," said Nicolet senior Justin Lewis. 

At both Wauwatosa and Nicolet High School, staff said new protocols are in place for the school year- masks, extra cleaning, air purification systems and social distancing. Nicolet added more lunch hours to help with social distancing. 

West Allis-West Milwaukee, among other districts, are offering virtual learning for students who would prefer to continue learning remotely. 

A second wave of Milwaukee Public School students start their fall semester on Thursday, Sept. 2. 

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