There was a mixture of nerves and excitement among parents and pupils at the school gates on Monday morning.
While some parents expressed concern about the safety of their children returning to education, others felt the time was right to get them back in the classrooms.
Among those glad to see schools opening their doors for the first time since March was Angeline Kelly whose daughter Eliza (9) was starting in P6 at Moyle Primary School in Larne.
"I couldn't wait for this day to come and Eliza is equally glad to be back," Angeline said.
"I'm confident that her school has taken all the necessary precautions and I fully trust them.
"The benefits outweigh everything else because if children had stayed at home any longer they would have become even less motivated.
"I could see my own children's motivation slipping further away during lockdown and in terms of home schooling, they were doing less and less as time went on."
But Angeline says she is more concerned for her son Christopher (11) who returns to Larne Grammar School next week.
"He has been out of school since January due to illness and then the lockdown happened.
"He had a viral infection so he's extremely anxious about it all but again I feel sure that he'll be alright," Angeline added.
Elsewhere, Brendan Gallagher said he also felt confident about the schools returning as he brought his 11-year-old daughter Abigail to St Clare's Primary School in west Belfast.
"It's been great, the roads are quieter," Brendan said.
"We're excited to get back and feel confident enough (about safety measures).
"We had good communication from the school over the last few weeks so we've known pretty much what has been happening."
Stacey Graham, whose 10-year-old son John was beginning P7 at Forth River Primary School in north Belfast, said no amount of home schooling could replace the learning that takes place in the classroom.
"My daughter Lily, who is going into P4, was actually crying this morning because John got to go to school first," Stacey said.
"She loves the social aspect of it, seeing her friends and meeting people."