FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Wednesday marked the first day of school for both Northwest Allen and Southwest Allen County School Districts.
Both districts saw fewer students walk through their doors this year compared to years past.
Northwest Allen County Schools Bus
Southwest Allen County Schools
Lewen Gackman couldn't wait to get back to school.
With the guidelines in place for onsite learning, his mom Charlene Clark is pretty excited too.
"I felt he had a good day and enjoyed meeting his new teachers and new procedures. I didn't have any worries. I felt good with the school," she said.
While the first day looked a little different with fewer students, traffic was at an all-time high for both Northwest Allen County and Southwest Allen County School Districts.
Parents decided to avoid the buses on day one.
"With some students out doing the remote learning option, it allowed us a little more space in our classrooms and allowed us to spread out among our buses so that was helpful from that standpoint," Lizette Downey with NACS said.
Downey said for the most part the day went how any other day would go except with students wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, and it was the same for Southwest Allen County School District.
"We have partitioned where recess happens. We're shifting it depending on the day. The rule of thumb is if they're alone or social distancing they can remove masks. They're kids. We have to make sure they're following the rules," SACS Superintendent Phil Downs said.