Sandy Hook students to return to school Thursday

Posted at 1:15 PM, Jan 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-01 13:24:27-05


Children who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School be reunited with their teachers in an academic setting for the first time since a massacre on Dec. 14 that left 20 students and six educators dead.

The Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe will open Wednesday for children to come see their new environs, though classes won’t start until Thursday. All other Newtown students are returning to classes as scheduled Wednesday.

Newtown schools Superintendent Janet Robinson met with Sandy Hook parents on Dec. 20 about the selection of Chalk Hill as a surrogate school.

“They felt comfortable going to the Chalk Hill school, and they felt that it would be good for their students to get back in school,” Robinson told The Courant on Dec. 22.

The only change to busing is that it is farther to go — Chalk Hill is about seven miles south of Sandy Hook Elementary School. “It’s just going to take a little longer,” Robinson said.

A phone call to Newtown schools’ media relations number was not returned Monday.