PARKLAND, Fla. (WKOW) -- Two weeks after a deadly shooting, students at Stoneman Douglas High School will be back in class for the first time.
The school community is still healing emotionally. Extra security and counselors will be there. School officials say they will be operating on a modified, half day schedule. The freshman building where the shooting happened will remain closed.
"I don't think anyone is physically prepared or mentally prepared to walk through those red gates," said Nicole Velasquez, a student at Stoneman Douglas.
The focus of the school day isn't going to be about learning, the school's principal said. He tweeted, "There is no need for backpacks. Come ready to start the healing process and reclaim the nest."
Looking forward to tomorrow Eagles! Remember our focus is on emotional readiness and comfort not curriculum: so there is no need for backpacks. Come ready to start the healing process and #RECLAIMTHENEST ????????— Principal Thompson (@PrincipalMSD) February 27, 2018
Students will arrive at 7:45 a.m. ET.