Classes for the young students of Sandy Hook Elementary resumed this morning for the first time since last month's tragic school shooting that killed 20 of their classmates and six staff members.
School officials face a difficult balancing act as classes resume. On one hand they want to put parents at ease that their children are safe, while at the same time helping the students regain at least a sense of normalcy. Neither are an easy task given the extraordinary situation school staff faces, but together they seem practically impossible.
Newtown Superintendent Janet Robinson said officials will do their best to make the students feel at ease. "We will go to our regular schedule," she said. "We will be doing a normal day."
Returning students, teachers and administrators were met by a large police presence on a sunny and cold day with temperatures hovering near 10 degrees Several police officers were guarding the entrance to the school, and were checking IDs of parents dropping off children.
Local officials has asked the media to stay away from the new school, which is about 7 miles from the old one.