The survivors of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting will attend school in a neighboring town, instead of returning to the school where 20 of their classmates were killed on Friday.
It is unclear when the 436 remaining students will head back to school, but when they do, Newtown School Superintendent Janet Robinson announced they will use an unused school about seven miles away from Newtown in Monroe, reports Yahoo! News.
Robinson added in a statement:
“The Town of Monroe has graciously offered their Chalk Hill School. This facility, which is currently not being used, is in excellent condition and will accommodate all of the Sandy Hill School students and staff. It is located just across the border from Newtown and should be ready for occupancy in just a few days.”
The announcement comes as officials worked on a way to accommodate the surviving students from the town’s largest elementary school, which serves kindergarten through fourth grade.
The public school remains an active crime scene for the time being. Reuters notes that a Newtown police officer raised the question on whether it will ever be used again. Lieutenant George Sinko stated on Sunday:
“At this time it’s too early to say. But I would find it very difficult for them to do that. Certainly that’s one of the things they’re going to have to look into.”
In place of school on Monday, town officials announced that children will be able to attend a day of recreational activities, which will be hosted by local sports organizations and held at the Newtown Youth Academy, a private athletic facility.