Both Lincoln County and Fayetteville City students, faculty and teachers are reporting for duty on Monday.
Fayetteville City Schools will open with a staggered start. Only 4th, 5th and 9th grade students will head to class Monday.
The buses are sanitized before they leave out and will be cleaned again after students are dropped off. When students hop on the bus, they will be required to wear a mask. If they don't have a mask, one will be provided for them. There's also assigned seating with family members sitting together. Students at the middle school were met at the door by the principal and teachers.
"This is what we do, you know, we got into the business because we love kids and this is an opportunity for us to interact and see kids and it's just some form of normalcy, and I think we all, in the whole country, that's what we're looking for. We'd like to see something back to normal," said Director of Fayetteville City Schools, Bill Hopkins.
When the buses drop kids off at school, their temperatures will be checked, social distancing will be in place and classrooms will be sanitized between classes.
Over in Lincoln County, on Monday, some students will return to class for a half day and all students will be back to school on Tuesday. Masks and social distancing are also required on buses. Bus drivers have sanitation equipment and were trained over the summer.
"If we can't get them to school, then we can't teach them. It's important that their initial first attempt to get to school on the bus is the right way to do that," said Principal Billy Owens of Lincoln County High School.