GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria schools reopened with strict COVID-19 protective measures on Monday, August 24. This comes after DoDEA put in place safety requirements and precautionary measures to ensure that students are protected to the greatest extent possible.Kicking off the new school year, Col. Christopher Danbeck welcomed students back at the Netzaberg Middle School soccer field. Additionally, he reminded the students to follow the new rules and wear face covering correctly.“Congratulations on coming back to school! I know there are lots of parents out there that are thrilled that you’re not at home, and I’m sure you are as well,” Danbeck said good-naturedly. “Let’s have a great day!”After the short speech concluded, Danbeck and the students used the wide space of the soccer field to take a group selfie photo.While students are excited to back, the overall picture is a little different compared to previous years. Students wear masks, hand sanitizers are attached to backpacks and the school’s floors are marked with arrows and physical distancing labels.The Netzaberg Elementary School — right next to the middle school — wasted no time, as teachers and students jumped right into the first lesson.View the Flickr album, here.