EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — East St. Louis public school students are slated to return to the classroom next month, nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic shut down the district. District 189 officials have tentatively scheduled pre-school and elementary school students to return to in-person learning on March 2. However, remote learning will remain an option for families. District officials say the return to the classroom for middle and high school students will be scheduled after assessing how the transition for younger students go. Nearly 600 District 189 teachers and staff members are scheduled to be vaccinated this week.