Familiar sights graced the schoolyards in an otherwise unfamiliar year as school buses lined up to drop off children, parents gave their last goodbye hugs and pictures were taken. Despite the fact that masks are required for most children and many schools have adopted hybrid schedules in the midst of COVID-19, Washington area schools are getting back in session. St. Francis Borgia Regional High School was the first to begin Monday, Aug. 17, followed by Immaculate Conception in Union and St. Francis Borgia Grade School Wednesday, Aug. 19. Washington School District, Immanuel Lutheran School and the St. Clair School District all began Monday, Aug. 24. Tuesday, Aug. 25, Londell School District began. Union Rx-II and Meramac Valley R-III were scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 26, putting all Washington area schools back in session.