Brielle Elementary School students return to classrooms

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BRIELLE — Brielle Elementary School opened its doors to students last Thursday, Sept. 10 for the first time since the start of the pandemic in March when schools across the state shut down.

Following months of planning for the much anticipated return to school, the first day went better than expected, according to Superintendent and Principal Christine Carlson.

“It just went very smoothly. Children, teachers and parents are just so happy after all this time to be back in school,” she said.

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Although the new school environment takes some getting used to, she said, everyone is adapting well to the rules and safety measures put in place.

“The children are resilient and the teachers are incredible,” Ms. Carlson said. “Everything we discussed to make it [school] safe and healthy as best as possible is actually happening.”

Brielle Elementary School opened at phase two of the district’s reopening plan, dividing students into two groups — blue and gold. Blue students attend school in-person on Mondays and Thursdays, and gold students attend school on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays serve as a virtual day for the entire school.

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