A student follows one-way arrows to get to her desk at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

More than 2,000 Salem and Keizer kids met their teachers face-to-face for the first time in nearly a year as kindergarten and first graders resumed in-person classes Tuesday.

The Salem-Keizer School District is to date the largest in Oregon to begin regular in-person instruction.

At Richmond Elementary in south Salem, about 40 students filed into three classrooms after checking in around 8 a.m.

READ MORE: Salem's youngest students head back to in-person classes

-Rachel Alexander

Nyjah Angeles raises a hand during the first day back to school at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A staff member passes out erasers to students waiting to check in for the first day back to school at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Teacher Crystal Magee talks with Giovanni Fajardo Perez while he eats breakfast on the first day back to school at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Giovanni Fajardo Perez, a student in Crystal Magee's kindergarten and first grade classroom, uses colored pencils on the first day back to school at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Maggie Rivera, community school outreach coordinator, greets students for the first day back to school at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Sylas Sylva arrives for the first day of in-person kindergarten at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Teacher Crystal Magee talks with Giovanni Fajardo Perez while he eats breakfast on the first day back to school at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Teacher Crystal Magee, center, welcomes a student to her classroom for the first day back to school at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Lucas Gage arrives by bus for the first day of in-person kindergarten at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Shawntay Benjamin drops off daughter Nayvah Creer for the first day of in-person kindergarten at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Teacher Crystal Magee talks with students in her mixed class of kindergarteners and first grade students at Richmond Elementary on Tuesday, March 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

PREVIOUS COVERAGE

Teachers prepare to welcome Salem's youngest students back to classrooms

Elementary school will be five hours per day, two days per week under Salem-Keizer reopening plan

Contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

Salem Reporter counts on community support to fund vital local journalism. You can help us do more.

SUBSCRIBE: A monthly digital subscription starts at $5 a month.

GIFT: Give someone you know a subscription.

ONE-TIME PAYMENT: Contribute, knowing your support goes towards more local journalism you can trust.