LIFE is slowly returning to normal at Leeton shire's schools as students this week began their phased approach back to classroom learning.
Students this week returned for one day of face-to-learning, with that number set to continue over the coming weeks.
On the other days, homeschooling is continuing with the help of parents and teachers through digital lessons, with children of essential workers also able to attend school in person.
At St Joseph's Primary School, teachers had to quickly change their delivery method of learning, as did all others across the country.
It was this positive attitude principal MaryJane Simms said contributed to keeping learning continuing throughout the pandemic.
"Their adaptability and flexibility was nothing short of inspiring," she said.
"St Joseph's has been following all NSW Health guidelines.
"As part of this, our cleaning team has been doing an extraordinary job, coming in through the day to do additional cleaning. At this point only staff and students are permitted on site."
There's no doubting the move to learning at home had its challenges for all involved.
"Since the move to online learning, each day, St Joseph's students are set learning tasks by their teachers," Mrs Simms said.
"Many staff are working well into the night responding to digital posts from their students and this is noted and deeply appreciated.
"Our staff keep in touch with St Joseph's families and contact them if students' work is not handed in.
"Each teacher holds a daily zoom meeting with their class. Student wellbeing is the focus of these meetings."
During the pandemic, at risk students have continued to be supported even if they are not on site.
Specialist teachers from St Joseph's have been continuing to set tasks and connect with students through small group zoom meetings.
Mrs Simms said the school was excited to be welcoming students back to the classroom as the road to the "new normal" starts to become clear.
"The smiles on the faces of the children tell the story as they walk in the gate and connect with their friends face to face," she said.
"We are so pleased to see them. It is our hope we will have all students back at school in the near future (as per government advice)."
Mrs Simms said a big shout out must go to all parents from St Joseph's, as well as the school counsellor, who have all worked hard to keep children thriving during these times.
"Our parents and carers have provided calm reassurance for their children, which has greatly assisted their wellbeing during an uncertain time," she said.