Published December 19, 2012
The retired principal of Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School will reportedly return to her post when the school reopens.
The Hartford Courant reports that Donna Page will be back in the position at the school where Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 children and six adults with a military-style assault rifle on Friday before taking his own life as police responded to the scene. Lanza also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, 52, at her home.
Page’s return was confirmed late Tuesday by her husband, the newspaper reports.
Students at the school, which serves kindergarten through fourth grade, will resume classes in a formerly closed school in a neighboring community after the winter break, according to the Connecticut Post.
Elsewhere in Newtown, sophomore Mike Stierle said returning to Newtown High School felt “surreal,” the Courant reports.
“Not expecting anything like this to ever happen to this community,” the 16-year-old said.
In an email to Sandy Hook Elementary staff and parents on Monday, Superintendent Janet Robinson wrote that officials hope to open Chalk Hill School in Monroe in January. Sandy Hook students and their teachers will attend school there.
Using that school "is a solution that allows us to keep the entire faculty together," she wrote. "In the meantime, we need to tend to our teachers' and students' needs to feel comfortable after this trauma in this new place."
Parents will be invited to visit the school with their children this week, according to Robinson’s statement.
"For some children, it will be simply to re-enter a school and know that they are safe," Robinson wrote.