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Pupils waved an emotional goodbye to their parents at school gates across the island yesterday as the longest summer break of all finally came to an end.

Public-school youngsters, wearing a variety of brightly coloured face masks, lined up to have their temperatures taken before heading into their classrooms for the first time since March.

Children were required to keep three feet apart from their classmates throughout the day and were also allocated to bubbles as part of a string of Covid-19 restrictions.

Schools were closed six months ago after the coronavirus hit Bermuda, and pupils spent several weeks learning remotely before the summer holiday.

They were due to reopen on Monday, but were delayed by the visit of Hurricane Paulette at the beginning of the week.

It may not be long before their next extra day off — Hurricane Teddy is due to arrive late this weekend.

Kiss and a smile: children return to Northlands Primary School yesterday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Shanzae Smith, 6, Dalton E Tucker student facing a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid 19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Kashieko Virgil, 5, Dalton E Tucker student facing a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
P1 superheroes at Dalton E Tucker face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Jamahl Simmons, the chairman of the Bermuda Economic Development corporation, welcomes Dalton E Tucker students as they face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Rhyan Martin, 6, Shanzae Smith, 6, Al-Shae Symonds, 6, and Kashieko Virgil, 5, pose with The Cat In The Hat as Dalton E Tucker students face a new normal as school reopens after summer break and months of homeschooling because of Covid-19 (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published September 18, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated September 18, 2020 at 1:50 pm)

First day back at school

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