Clay County students head back to school Tuesday with continued safety measures in place

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — School is back in session in Clay County.

On Tuesday morning we showed you buses heading out and children walking into their classrooms.

Dozens of children and their parents arrived at Fleming Island Elementary school for the first day of school.

“I like math and everything, and science and social studies. School is just the best thing,” Caleb said.

The 8-year-old showed Action News Jax his backpack filled with books, notebook paper, his lunch box and more.

“He does carry a mask with him just in case,” Aaron Watkins, Caleb’s grandfather, said.

Jennifer Collins, the school’s principal, said they’ve put several safety precautions in place to protect her students and staff against COVID-19.

There are signs around the school and social distancing in the classrooms and one-way hallways.

The cafeteria is also set up to reduce crowding and make sure people stay safe.

“Obviously, you can see I’m wearing my mask. They’re not required but they are highly recommended and encouraged here. I’ll be wearing my mask just to show I’m doing everything that I can within my power to keep everybody safe as well,” Collins said.

Teachers said they’ve been waiting to see kids back inside their classrooms.

“It’s been a long year, last year at Fleming Island Elementary we are just over the top, happy to have our students here,” 2nd grade teacher Phyllis Hale said.

Caleb said he’s ready to see his friends and tackle the third grade.

“Really excited…like really, really,” Caleb said.