Open house at repurposed Connecticut school being held for students of Sandy Hook Elementary

MONROE, Conn. (AP) — The children who escaped last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown are being welcomed to a school in a neighboring town that has been overhauled specially for them.

The open house at the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe marks the students' first time in a formal classroom setting since the massacre on Dec. 14, when a gunman killed 20 of their fellow classmates and six educators.

The road leading to the school is lined with signs greeting the students, saying "Welcome Sandy Hook Elementary School" and "You are in our prayers." Several police cars were parked outside the school in the rural, largely residential neighborhood.

Classes are starting for the Sandy Hook students tomorrow. Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson says teachers will try to make it as normal a school day as possible for the children.

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