Monday was the day some students, teachers, and parents never thought they'd see.
"I'm going to be able to return to work full time, and they get to have social interaction," says Robyn Redgell, parent of two. Now, that students can return to the schedule they knew before the pandemic, Redgell is one of thousands sighing in relief.
Just a few weeks ago, school boards in both districts met to vote on the return. With all in agreement, students were set to resume on March 22nd.
Now that the day has finally arrived, students were welcomed back with more than just open arms. Meadow Lands Elementary School was one of many that celebrated with dancing, music, and social-distanced hugs.
"It's a big celebration. We finally get to see each other together, it's like a family reunion, "says Principal Kevin Lowe.
Officials with Daviess County Public Schools say about 60% of their educators have already received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. While Owensboro Public Schools say 80% have received their doses.
The excitement doesn't stop in Daviess County. Henderson County Schools students are also taking a leap towards normalcy.
"We're really excited our staff is vaccinated, and we're ready to hit the ground running with 4 days a week," says Henderson County Schools Superintendent Bob Lawson.
Officials with Henderson County Schools say if all goes well, the option to turn 4 days into 5 is in the air.