Masks on faces, a lot on minds as students return to Modesto-area schools amid COVID surge

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Thousands of Modesto-area students return to school buildings this week — some for the first time in a year and a half.

Schools are offering full in-person learning amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, including an increase in cases among young children because of the delta variant.

Nearly all students at drop-off Monday morning wore masks outside, even though they’re required only inside K-12 school buildings. Students and parents said they were excited about the prospect of a better education than children experienced during distance learning last year, but still worried about safety, academic setbacks and back-to-school nerves exacerbated by months of learning in isolation.

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