Newtown Superintendent Janet Robinson spoke in a press conference today about how the town will transition the students from Sandy Hook Elementary School into a neighboring building.
“The students coming in completes the circle,” she said.
Students are scheduled to return to classes on Thursday, Jan. 3 to what was formerly Chalk Hill School in Monroe, Conn. The school will now be called Sandy Hook School.
On Wednesday, students and parents toured the new building and the new classrooms, which have been designed to mirror the ones in the old Sandy Hook Elementary School. Layout, desks and backpacks will be in the same spots as they were in the previous building to help students return to their routines.
“There’s certainly going to be children that are scared,” Thalia Anderen, a counselor with The Center of Hope, a non-profit family support center, told NBC New York.
“They’re going to be frightened and feel very insecure about going back, but a lot of them are going to be resilient.”
The two schools are adjacent to each other and on the same property.
Police Lt. Keith White said to a crowd of reporters on Wednesday, that the goal was to make the new building a safe and secure learning environment after the horrific massacre carried out there by Adam Lanza.
“I think right now it has to be the safest school in America,” he said.
Teachers will try to make tomorrow’s school day as normal as possible, Robinson said.
“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.”
We hope the students are able to transition smoothly.