Stories of "excited" students, "good" attendance, and therapy dogs are emerging from the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe, Connecticut, a newly refurbished school where Sandy Hook Elementary students attended class Thursday for the first time since 20 of their fellow students and six adults who worked at the school were killed in the December shooting.
In a press conference — parts of which can be seen in the AP video below and at NBC News — Monroe Police Lt. Keith White said that when getting off their schoolbus this morning students were "excited — they had seen friends they hadn't seen in a while, they were anxious to get into the hallways and meet up with the other kids. And you could see the teachers had they same response. They were quite excited to see the students all together." He added that therapy dogs and counselors were available at the school all day. A note on Sandy Hook's website explained that: "Parents choosing to join their children may come to school after our 9:07 a.m. opening and will be welcome in the classroom or the auditorium throughout the day." The school requested only one parent attend. An assembly was held for parents, according to White.