Schools in Newtown, Connecticut will reopen today for the first time since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which is an active crime scene and remains closed. Classes there are still suspended, but classes will resume two hours later than usual in the rest of the district. "For the students and their families, it's a return to a healthy and helpful routine," Zoraida Sambolin says. CNN’s Sandra Endo has the story on Newtown students returning to school.
“Grief and shock may replace subjects like reading and math when kids return to class in Newtown,” Endo says, “but facing fear may be the first step to overcome this tragedy.” All schools in Newtown were closed Monday as teachers and administrators trained with national expert on kids and bereavement to prepare for the students' return.
The solution many parents agreed with is getting kids back to school for some sense of normalcy. For Sandy Hook’s kids, that will eventually be by attending classes at Chaulk Hill School in neighboring Monroe. Furniture and supplies were moved there so “when the children come in whenever the school has started,” Steve Varek says, “they walk into a classroom that looks as close as possible as their classroom that they left.”