(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - At the Harvard-Kent School in Charlestown, the walkways are clear and so are the steps leading up to the school, meaning classes are back in session Wednesday as is the rest of New England's largest district.
Cooped up, disappointed, or ready to get back to class? We asked third grader Ryand Cruz if he was excited about school.
"Yes," he said.
Cruz's classmates might disagree. His mom thinks three days off were needed to clear all the snow.
"The sidewalks weren't clean until, I think, today," said Astrid Torres. "And for them it's good to stay at home."
Anyway you look at it, by Wednesday, Boston is back. But is the district ready?
"I'm probably the city's biggest critic when it comes to snow removal. We mad a lot of progress the last two nights, and I'm satisfied with it," Boston Mayor Tom Menino said.
South End Resident permit parking? Not here, not yet. There's still plenty of snow pinning cars in, and quite a bit of work that's already been done to clear it from fire hydrants and sidewalks.
The sidewalk is clear at McKinley School in the South End, but there's about 15 feet of snow in front of the school, two hours before the parking ban was lifted, and this is the place parents drop off and pick up their kids.
"The guys are going to be on this afternoon and throughout the night just to whittle that list down so that we're ready. We know that we need to be ready and safety's the number one concern," said Carl Allen, Director of Transportation for Boston Public Schools.
And here's some of that work being done at Harvard-Kent School, which is part of a five day project to get the kids back to school in Boston.
So while plow crews worked when the sun went down, Emmanuel Holmes and friends did what 9 year olds do: Play in the snow.
We asked if he was worried about slipping?
"Nope," he laughed.
The city wide parking ban was lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday.