Classes for the survivors of the devastating Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will resume tomorrow, as the students will be in attendance at a neighboring middle school that had closed down a couple of years ago.
Students and faculty will have a chilling return to school on Thursday, as they will step foot in the same building for the first time since Adam Lanza opened fire and killed 20 students and six faculty members on December 14th.
The new Sandy Hook school building is in Newtown, Connecticut’s neighboring town of Monroe, and extreme measures have been taken to ensure the students’ safety.
Superintendent Janet Robinson said they will try to make everything as normal as possible for the children.
“We want to get back to teaching and learning,” she 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.”
David Connors said his eight-year-old triplets have been suffering from nightmares and are clinging on to their parents a little more than usual.
“I’m nervous about it. It’s uncharted waters for us,” Mr. Connors said. “I know its going to be difficult. I think that they need to get back into a normal routine as quickly as possible.
“If you’re hovering over them at all times, it almost intensifies the fear for them.”
Conners said he felt more reassured when he was able to visit the school prior to the official start day.
The school will have police officers and grief counselors to help the children get through this unbelievably difficult time.
“It’s going to be a long road back. Back to what I guess is the biggest question,” Conners told CBS. “Everyone keeps throwing that word around the new normal. What does the new normal look like? I think everybody kind of has to define that for themselves.”
James Gilbert | Elite.