Many Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parents and students said goodbye to remote learning on Friday.

At least partially.

Starting on Monday, CMS students kindergarten through 5th grade have the option to return to school in a rotating schedule.

Nearly 40,000 students are going back on the A and B rotating schedule for in-person learning. That leaves about 23,500 students in K-5 still in the full remote academy.

Many families are preparing for a little bit more normalcy as their youngest kids go back to school.

“Mentally prepared and emotionally prepared. My kids are ecstatic,” said Travis Nicolaysen, who has a kindergartener and 3rd grader in CMS schools.

Nicolaysen said the months of zoom classes have been draining not only for his kids but also for him as a single dad. He said he wants to focus on being the best parent he can be, not necessarily the best teacher.