By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – Students in dozens of districts across Massachusetts will return to school Monday morning. Some were on April vacation while others will be heading back to the classroom for the first time this year.

Boston and Somerville are among nearly 70 districts that received waivers from the state to delay the return to full-time in-person learning by three weeks.

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Students in kindergarten through eighth grade in those cities will be back in school as that delay ends Monday.

Others, including Worcester, won’t do the same until early May.

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“This time it feels really different. It is wonderful to be in the schools to see the joyous faces of our children,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius.

Students are three feet apart in the classroom, and six feet apart during lunch.

“We also have tents outside of our school building so that they can eat safely and not have too much weather on them, sun or rain,” said Cassellius.

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Following the state’s plan, school districts without waivers have to bring students in grades 6-to-8 back to in-person learning on Wednesday. Staff