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Sandy Hook: Children across U.S. back to school

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Children across the United States are heading back to school Monday morning for the first time since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut claimed the lives of 20 young students.

School districts across the country are reviewing their own safety procedures in light of the tragedy in Newtown. Several schools in New England are adding a police presence Monday, while school districts in Minnesota sent emails to parents as early as Friday afternoon highlighting security plans and advice on talking to your children about the shooting.

In Newtown, the first funerals are being held for victims of the shooting. Noah Pozner, 6, and Jack Pinto, 6, will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. ET. Pozner was the youngest victim, having just recently turned 6. On Tuesday, the funeral will be held for 6-year-old Jessica Rekos.

Sunday night, the community came together in prayer, joined by President Obama who offered comfort and support to the victims' families.

"I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts," Obama said. "I can only hope that it helps for you to know that you are not alone in your grief."


How to reassure kids that school is safe:

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