PHOTOS: TVUSD elementary school classrooms open for students

Teacher Nicole Thomas welcomes students back to class at Ysabel Barnett Elementary School in Temecula after one year of TVUSD school closures for in-class learning during the pandemic, March 16. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Students in Temecula elementary schools returned to on-campus learning Tuesday after a little more than a year in a distance learning format.

Temecula Valley Unified students were able to begin part-time, in-person learning after receiving approval from county and state health officials, though parents still had the option to keep their students in all-online learning if they wished.

About 7,400 students were expected to learn on-campus, while around 3,600 will remain in distance learning.

Elementary students participating in the new “hybrid” learning format will attend smalle classes in the morning or afternoon for two-and-a-half hours in in-person learning; they will participate in regular distance learning during the school hours that they are not on campuses.

“I am excited to see students back on campus. It signals a significant step towards a return to traditional learning. I am equally as excited to continue to serve our online learners. The pandemic has created opportunities to expand TVUSD’s learning options for students and serve them beyond the classroom walls,” Superintendent Dr. Jodi McClay said.