Six Newtown schools reopen on Tuesday for the first time after the massacre that killed 20 children and six staff members in the quaint Connecticut town on Friday. Six schools will fill back up with the bustling of children and the chiming of bells, but not Sandy Hook Elementary, which is still a crime scene.
As the town that is home to one of the deadliest grade school shootings in history tries to get back to a semblance of normalcy, police officers will guard the schools to provide a sense of security and grief counselors will be available for students struggling to cope with the tragedy.
“This is a day to start healing,” Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais said in an e-mail sent out to parents.
School officials have not yet decided when Sandy Hook Elementary will reopen, but the unused Chalk Hill School in the neighboring town of Monroe is already being prepared to house the students, who cannot return to their former school because it is still under investigation and will likely be so for several months.
The week will not come easy as many still have funerals to attend. Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both 6, were the first to be buried on Monday of the victims.