When students from Sandy Hook Elementary return to school to start the new school year today at the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, armed officers will be in place.
School officials have said making the students feel comfortable and safe is the priority today.
The school in Monroe is arranged and decorated to look just like the former Sandy Hook Elementary, which has been closed since a gunman shot and killed six educators and 20 first graders in December 2012.
In May, a Newtown task force approved a plan to tear down the former Sandy Hook School and build a new one on the same property.
That proposal is still awaiting approval by town residents.