"I work for the EVSC we are very fortunate to have the teacher locker program free of cost, where teachers can go in and pick up supplies we might need for our students all for free" says third grade teacher Lydia Goodwin.
However, free classroom supplies only go so far for students. Educators having to use unconventional methods to save money while keeping learning spaces stocked.
"For the past couple years I have been making an Amazon wish list I push it out on Facebook to my friends and family for things I might need for my classroom and students" adds Goodwin.
Lydia Goodwin is entering her 15 year as an educator, this year Goodwin is teaching third grade and she says it is going be more of a challenge than ever before.
Teachers across the Tri-State spending more cleaning supplies, tissues and hand sanitizer while spending less on more common classroom items.
"This has been a little different I've been putting things like individual packets of tissues, little bottles of hand sanitizer, rather than one big bottle for the classroom, students will have their own" says Goodwin.
Adam Blevins and his son Henry are school shopping for the first time, Henry is headed to Kindergarten, like so many teachers they're stocking their classrooms too.
Lydia Goodwin tells 44News she spent upwards of $2500 of her own money just to get her classroom ready this school year.
"I've got, individual water bottles, dry erasers, pencil sharpeners, binders, my thermometer" says Goodwin.
Meanwhile studies show many parents are worried about sending kids back to class others are ready to move forward with reopening.
"The public schools here have it figured out and have it under control, we are Ok with it, we are excited about, things are going to be different, but thats Ok" says parent Adam Blevins.