Thousands of NYC students return to classroom

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NEW YORK CITY (NewsNation Now) — Hundreds of thousands of New York City elementary school students returned to class on Tuesday.

Tuesday marked the first in-person learning day for first through fifth graders whose families opted for a hybrid learning plan.

Some middle and high school students are set to return to classrooms Thursday.

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