How was the first day of school?

File photo of an empty classroom .(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

More students in Peel, Durham and Halton are heading back to class today after what seemed like a relatively smooth first day back on Tuesday.

A kindergarten teacher in Durham Region told the Toronto Star that it went well under the circumstances.

She noted that it was harder on the senior kindergarten students, who were dealing with a big change to their normal classroom experience. It was easier on her junior kindergarteners who were going to school for the first time.

She says it was a struggle to keep students apart.

Another teacher notes that it went well but that only a quarter of her students were in attendance. That changes at the end of next week.

Meanwhile, older students in Peel region got their first taste of the new reality: no lockers, masks, no sports, and no eating lunch with their friends in the cafeteria.

There was at least one hiccup. About 35 staff members at a Mississauga high school refused to work because they were concerned about the quality of the school board-issued masks.

Staff described the masks as "flimsy" and claim a code on them identifed them as non-medical grade.

They say school administration was able to find new equipment and they went back to work.

A spokesperson for the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School board told they have paperwork showing the masks are medical grade.