CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- More schools are reopening for the fall semester. Carterville schools held their first in-person day of classes Monday.
Face masks were mandatory. Staff received safety training on how to best handle masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene procedures.
Students were in school for the morning then dismissed around mid-day.
But as COVID-19 cases increase in Williamson County, parents like Cory Cudworth are not optimistic about how long the in-person learning will last.
"If I had a crystal ball, I would assume that it's probably gonna be, kids are gonna be back at home by the end of the year," Cudworth said.
Carterville students are on a blended schedule with groups of students alternating which day they attend in-person classes.
All students participate in remote learning on Fridays.
Even though Cudworth thinks students will go back to full remote learning, he still thinks it's a good idea for students to be back in the classroom.
"I still think it's a good idea with the precautions taking place. Again, these kids have been secluded for about five, six months. And I think that the socialization is good for the kids," Cudworth said.