Sandy Hook Elementary Students Go Back to School Today

Connecticut students who survived the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school went back to school today. Their school is still a crime scene, but the children went back to school in a neighboring town at Chalk Hill Middle School, a school that hasn’t been used since June 2011. Volunteers refurbished the building for Sandy Hook students.

While parents are understandably wary, many children are acting normally and seem excited to see their friends and be back at school. Newtown School Superintendent Janet Robinson said the goal was to make the students feel at ease. “We will go to our regular schedule,” she said. “We will be doing a normal day.”

Police officers and grief counselors are on hand to help with the transition back to school.

My own kids were so bummed to go back to school today after Christmas break. It was a cold and gloomy morning. I can’t imagine what it would feel like for Sandy Hook students and their parents. But I think resuming some kind of routine is important for them. I don’t know. I can’t believe it was 3 weeks ago.

My daughter’s middle school had a crisis situation a few months ago and went into lock-down mode. A student’s parents were in a fight over the child and one of them made threats about going to the school. My 12-year-old daughter had to sit on the floor with the lights off and the doors locked. She was really scared and wanted to text me, but she didn’t know if it was allowed. The situation didn’t last for more than a few minutes, but I hate to think of how afraid she was during those few minutes. The school handled the whole thing well and the situation was resolved quickly. I certainly do hate that things like this happen.

I hope the Sandy Hook students and teachers have the best possible day.

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