Freshman Emily Barnett, 15, works on her laptop from a socially distanced seat at Blanchet Catholic School on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Blanchet Catholic School students were back to in-person classes this week at the start of their second semester, months after the Covid pandemic shuttered schools across Oregon.

Gov. Kate Brown in late December said reopening decisions would be up to individual schools and districts, paving the way for several Salem-area private schools to resume classes in early 2021.

READ MORE: With desks in lunchrooms and temperature scanners, Blanchet Catholic students back on campus

Socially distanced desks in a classroom formerly used as a lunch room at Blanchet Catholic School on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Freshman Colleen Walsh, center, works out to a Youtube video during a physical education class at Blanchet Catholic School on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Religion teacher Deb Pavelek sets up a Zoom call with remote students prior to the arrival of her in-person students at Blanchet Catholic School on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A freshman physical education class watches a Youtube workout video at Blanchet Catholic School on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A socially-distanced English class taught by teacher Rachel Polzer at Blanchet Catholic School on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Signs on the walls at Blanchet Catholic School promote social distancing and safe practices on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Senior Julissa Rocha Ibarra sanitizes her hands upon entering Blanchet Catholic School on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

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