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Sandy Hook students return to class for first day in new school

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Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School make their way to their new school in Monroe, Conn., on Jan. 3.

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A bus traveling from Newtown, Conn., to Monroe stops in front of 26 angels along the roadside on the first day of classes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students since the Dec. 14 shooting.

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The entrance of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School is guarded by a police road block on the first day of classes since the Dec. 14 attacks.

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A nation mourns after the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history left 20 children and six staff members dead at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Hundreds of the children who escaped the harrowing attack on their elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last month head back to classes on Thursday for the first time since a gunman killed 20 of their schoolmates and six staff members.

School officials are preparing for droves of anxious parents to join the fleet of buses carting children to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School established in the neighboring town of Monroe.

Chalk Hill school, a former middle school, was overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting.