NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Metro fifth and ninth graders wrapped up their first day back in the classroom on Tuesday.

News 4 talked with students and teachers at Overton High School as they were headings home for the day. Tuesday was 11 months since students have been around each other. There was a mix of emotions, but students and teachers said they did feel safe.

“Honestly, I hope to make better grades and better friends,” Anthony Gregorio Hernandez, who is a freshman at Overton High School, said.

“I’m hoping we can stay safe. We can continue to keep getting back to normal people continue to learn and we yeah, I get some normalcy back,” Tey Campbell, who is an exceptional ed teacher at Overton High School, said.

Over the weekend, Metro Schools teachers and staff started receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations as they prepare to phase in more students in the coming days.

The district used a "COVID risk score" to determine when to send children back to school, which is based on a number of factors, including seven-day positive test rates, seven-day new case averages and the transmission rate.

That score can be anywhere between 0 and 10, with 10 representing the highest risk and 0 the lowest. Metro Schools Director Dr. Adrienne Battle said the district would not consider a return to the classroom until the score fell below a 7. As of Tuesday, the score is a 4.5.

The plan for now is to have sixth, seventh, and eighth graders return on Friday and then next Wednesday, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders make their return to the classroom. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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