Teachers, students return to schools following Conn. tragedy

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ANDOVER, Minn. -- Monday marked a return to the classroom following the tragedy in Connecticut.

"We had a gathering with teacher to make sure we were all on the same page," said Jon Olson, a 3rd grade teacher at Andover Elementary. "We have to make sure kids are feeling safe and secure."

Andover Elementary is the state's largest elementary school in the state with more than 13 hundred students. Administrators and district officials asked teachers to have one-on-one conversations with students rather than group discussions.

"We're instructing the teachers to not to bring up the topic," says Andover Elementary principal Mark Van Voorhis. "But if it's brought up, we encourage them to talk to kids individually, listen to them, and ensure their safety."

Olson says the events of last week are a reminder the role teachers have in the lives of students.

"We love these students," he says. "We have to watch for those hints when we see they are alone or don't want to participate and we need to take note."

Woodbury Public Safety decided Monday to post an officer at each school in the city.  The officer greeted students as they arrived.  City officials say it was reassure students of their safety.

For tips on how to discuss the Newtown tragedy with children click here.

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