Children who survived a gunman's rampage at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut will today begin classes again at a school in the neighbouring town of Monroe.
The pupils' desks have been taken along with backpacks and other belongings left in the chaos after the shooting on December 14. Families have been coming in to see the new school, and an open house took place yesterday.
An army of workers has been getting the former middle school ready, painting, moving furniture and even raising the floors in the toilets so the smaller elementary school students can reach them.
But it won't be easy – for the parents or for the children, who heard the shots that killed 20 classmates and six teachers.
"I'm nervous about it," said David Connors, father of eight-year-old triplets who have had nightmares. "It's uncharted waters for us."