– Janet Robinson, Newtown Superintendent of schools
We want to get back to teaching and learning.
We will obviously take time out from the academics for any conversations that need to take place, and there will be a lot of support there.
All in all, we want the kids to reconnect with their friends and classroom teachers, and I think that's going to be the healthiest thing.
Children will return to classes after last month's shootings at a US elementary school, in a neighbouring Connecticut town.
The student's new school, the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, has been renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School, after their old one.
Newtown Superintendent of schools Janet Robinson made the announcement after a news conference in Monroe.
She said: "That's who they are. They're the Sandy Hook family."
The school where the shootings took place remains closed, officials have not yet decided on the building's future.
The FBI has said it carried out a record number of background checks for US gun purchases in December, with 2.8 million during the month that saw the Connecticut school massacre.
The public drive for firearms was 49 per cent higher than last December, when the FBI performed a then-record 1.9 million checks, and greatly surpassed the record set in November of two million checks.
Meanwhile, pupils at Sandy Hook Elementary School today have visited the new school where they will continue their education in the wake of the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown.
The children's classes at the repurposed Chalk Hill School in the neighbouring town of Monroe begin tomorrow.
The body of the man who killed 26 people at a Connecticut primary school has been claimed for burial.
Connecticut Medical Examiner Wayne H Carver II told the Hartford Courant the remains of Adam Lanza were claimed several days ago by someone who wanted to remain anonymous.
Twenty-year-old Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six members of staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14.
He also killed his mother, Nancy, at their home before going on the rampage and then committing suicide.
A private funeral for Mrs Lanza was held in New Hampshire earlier this month.
The older brother of six-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the Sandy Hook School shootings last week, released purple balloons today at his memorial service.
The purple balloons - chosen as purple was Dylan's favourite colour - were released following the service at the Walnut Community Church in Bethel in Connecticut.
Dylan's older brother, eight-year-old Jake, survived the mass killings. Their family moved to the US from Hampshire two years ago.
Following Dylan's death, his family released the following statement: "Everyone who met Dylan fell in love with him. His beaming smile would light up any room and his laugh was the sweetest music.
"He loved to cuddle, play tag every morning at the bus stop with our neighbours, bounce on the trampoline, play computer games, watch movies, the colour purple, seeing the moon and eating his favourite foods, especially chocolate.
"He was learning to read and was so proud when he read us a new book every day. He adored his big brother Jake, his best friend and role model ...
"We will always be a family of four, as though Dylan is no longer physically with us, he is forever in our hearts and minds. We love you Mister D, our special gorgeous angel."
Head O’Meadow School in Newtown has been closed after the school received a threat, according to reports by NBC Connecticut. The school superintendent said police had predicted that there might be threats and there was one.
School officials said all staff members are safe. As a precaution, police were already at the school before the threat was made. No further information on the nature of the threat has yet been released.
Sandy Hook Elementary School had informed parents on their website that they had updated their security procedures. It said:
Our district will be implementing a security system in all elementary schools as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety.
As usual, exterior doors will be locked during the day.
Every visitor will be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance and the office staff will use a visual monitoring system to allow entry.
Visitors will still be required to report directly to the office and sign in.
If our office staff do not recognise you, you will be required to show identification with a picture ID.
Doors will be locked at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Any student arriving after that time must be walked into the building and signed in at the office.