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Newtown schools in session; nearby school being prepped for Sandy Hook students

Posted at 9:46 AM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 09:54:48-05

For the first time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, most students in Newtown, Connecticut returned to their classrooms Tuesday.  They arrived at the high school to find a makeshift memorial of flowers, and stuffed animals surrounding the sign at the entrance to the parking lot. There is also an increased police presence at all schools on the area.

But not everyone is going back to class.  When the students from Sandy Hook return they’ll attend class in nearby Monroe.

Truckloads of everything from backpacks to desks to bulletin boards are being moved from Sandy Hook Elementary to the Old Chalk Hill Middle School.

Monroe Chief Executive Steve Vavrek told CNN they want the new school to be as close to what they left as possible.  He says as soon as he heard about the tragedy at Sandy Hook he offered up the closed school.  The school closed because of declining enrollment.

Now, there’s a transformation taking place. Contractors are donating their time to make the middle school suitable for smaller elementary school children. They’re replacing toilets with smaller ones, and lowering towel dispensers, all to make things normal for students.

Officials hope to have the school ready by Wednesday but there’s no word yet on when Sandy Hook students will return to the classroom.

One thing will change, they will see more police at school.