Less than a month after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, students reluctantly prepare to resume classes on Jan. 3 in the repurposed Chalk Hill Middle School in a nearby town. Counselors are available on site to help the terrified children get back to ‘normal.’
Sandy Hook Elementary School students have not been in class since Dec. 16, when Adam Lanza tragically shot up the school with a deadly rein of bullets that killed 27 people. Now, students in grades K-4 are preparing to go back to school on Jan. 3 — and faculty and administrators are focused on making the students feel as back to normal as possible.
Just three weeks after the shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn., nearby town Monroe is welcoming Sandy Hook students into their repurposed Chalk Hill Middle School.
The students’ desks have been taken to the new school, along with their backpacks and other belongings that were left in Sandy Hook on the day of the tragedy.
Debbie Leidlein, chair of the Newtown Board of Education, told CBS news that workers have been working hard to make sure the school is comfortable and familiar to the students, including moving furniture, painting the school and raising the floor so that smaller children can reach the toilet seats.
Sandy Hook Students Get Back To A Sense Of ‘Normal’
“We want to get back to teaching and learning,” Debbie said. “We will obviously take time out from the academics for any conversations that need to take place, and there will be a lot of support there. All in all, we want the kids to reconnect with their friends and classroom teachers, and I think that’s going to be the healthiest thing.”
Even though classes resume on Jan. 3, parents and families are coming to the school on Jan. 2 to check out the classrooms and become familiar with the new space, which has been made as welcoming as possible — a banner hangs in front of the school that reads Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the bus route is lined with green ribbon to show support.
We hope the parents and students continue to heal after this difficult tragedy.
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— Christina Stiehl
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