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World photo/Don Seabrook As students have returned to high school, they have had to adapt to changes to continue their activities. Wenatchee High. Alison Chamberlain and the rest of the band practice in small COVID-19 enclosures around the school’s auditorium during band practice.

WENATCHEE — You can’t see them smiling beneath the masks, but students at Wenatchee and Eastmont high schools are glad to be back in school, even if it’s only part-time.

Eastmont high students have been back since Jan. 25 and Wenatchee high students since Jan. 26, each on a different hybrid schedule.

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Juan Cruz squeezes into a small enclosure with his sousaphone during band practice at Wenatchee High School Tuesday.

“It is amazing the level of energy in the building, having adults interacting with kids but also the conversations of adults to adults,” said Wenatchee Principal Eric Anderson. “You get kids back in the building, you get a lot of smiles even with masks on. You can tell people are happy.”

For Eastmont Principal Lance Noell, it was like walking into a dark room and turning on the light. “Completely rejuvenating. We are recharged. We feel like we’re educators again. It has been spectacular,” Noell said.