In an effort to restore some sense of normalcy after the shootings last month at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, school officials have found a building in the nearby town of Monroe where the surviving students will resume classes Thursday. Today is an open house for the families to tour the new facility, the former Chalk Hil School.
On December 14, gunman Adam Lanza blasted his way into the Sandy Hook school and killed 20 students and six staffers, before killing himself.
Fox News reports that "the students’ desks have been taken along with backpacks and other belongings that were left behind in the chaos following the shooting on Dec. 14.”
Workers, many of them volunteers, have been diligently preparing the new school for the students, painting and reorganizing. They have even raised the floors in the bathrooms so that the children may reach the toilets.
Likewise, there was a great effort to make the transition for students as comfortable as possible. Parents entering the former Chalk Hill school in Monroe were greeted by a police officer at the door as well as grief counselors in the hallways.
"The healing process for these kids is the most critical thing, and being together with familiar faces. I know that Newtown is taking great strides so that happens when they get over here," Monroe School Superintendent Jim Agostine said.
Parents are being encouraged to accompany their children to school on Thursday to help make the transition as easy as possible.
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Photo of sign welcoming Sandy Hook Elementary students to the Chalk Hill School in Monroe: AP Images