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Students, teachers return to school, hope to restore some normalcy

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NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Without a doubt, it is a difficult day today as students in the Newtown School District, except for Sandy Hook, will return to class.

It is their first day back to class since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Students will see increased security and the faculty has prepared. School officials said they have met several times to discuss how to handle this tragedy.

At Newtown High School, parents and students could see extra security. Police cars parked out front and officers in uniform stood outside.

One student said he didn't know what to expect once he got inside the school, he says they're all exhausted and deeply upset.

"My mom was really upset about it. She was crying," said student Tate Schwab. "I have a little sister that would be would be going to Sandy Hook next year and she was crying just thinking what if that was her."

According to a message from the superintendent and police, the decision to go back now is meant to restore some sort of normalcy to the town.

In memory of the Sandy Hook victims, a green and white ribbon hung on each school bus. During school, officials said students attended an assembly and counselors we're on hand to help them cope.

Sandy Hook students will eventually go back to school, too, but they will not return to that building.

"We've seized it under search warrants and we're going to hold those location until we've completed our work and we feel it is appropriate to let them go," Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance previously told reporters.

Very soon the Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe will be the place where students, tied together by tragedy, will reunite again.

Chalk Hill Middle School has been closed for sometime and Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley previously told Eyewitness News that they have every kind of contractor at the school making sure it is safe. They are inspecting the fire suppression system, the sprinkler system, plumbing and especially the locks.

The school is eight miles away from Sandy Hook and the goal is to have it ready by Christmas. However, there's been no official date set on when school will start again for Sandy Hook Elementary School students

Eyewitness News observed moving vans taking furniture from Sandy Hook to the new location.

Some parents believe going back now will help begin the healing process.

"I do think it's good to keep them together." said Monica Summers "They're going to want to be together. I think they would want to see each other again. To break them apart, it would be no closure to it."

Some sort of threat was made at Head O'Meadow Elementary School, so the principal just canceled for the day.

A letter from the principal sent home to parents Tuesday said:

"As was predicted by the police that there would be some threats, the police were prepared and have us in lockdown, which is our normal procedure. Due to the situation, students will not come to school today. Please make arrangements to keep them home. All-Star has been notified and will return any students already picked up."

Newtown police are investigating the threat.

In the end, students, who went back to class Tuesday, told Eyewitness News a little bit of normalcy is what they need now, to get through this.

"I'm definitely looking forward to seeing my friends again," Schwab said.

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