CHICO, Calif. - Schools are getting closer to normal operations as coronavirus restrictions lift.
For the past year, students at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico have been on a distance learning program, but that is difficult when you are a performance-based school.
Now students can finally return to campus for in-person learning on Thursday.
“Doing stuff like theatre online, it's difficult because you can't be there with the people and its just difficult to get engaged in that type of class when you're not in person,” said Inspire Junior, Kevin Heywood.
The vibrant and colorful campus has been empty for the past year but that's all about to change when students return to the classroom in just a couple of days.
"I'm so excited, we've been planning for school reopening this entire year and so we are finally at a place where we are ready to return," said Principal and Superintendent, Becky Brown.
Brown says it's been difficult, but teachers have worked hard to keep students engaged.
"I can't say enough about how creative they've been in terms of giving kids the opportunity to sing, to dance, do theatre and other interests they love in a virtual way," she said.
Soon, students will be able to participate in those activities in-person again while following all guidelines.
Brown says 75% of students will be back on campus on Thursday.
Students will be on campus or Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to noon and then work at home from 1 to 3 p.m.
Some teachers will be teaching in person and on Zoom simultaneously.