Dec 17, 2012 8:39 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Local schools prepare to answer kids' questions as they return after shooting massacre

As students returned to school after the shooting massacre in Newtown, Ct., for some, it was the first day they heard the news.

"I think, unfortunately, we are prepared for this type of thing," said Rick Robinett, Assistant Superintendent for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

As flags flew at half staff across the nation and families in Newtown prepared to bury their loved ones, for many school had to go on.

"There are probably children in our schools especially young children who know nothing about this and others who have been tuned in and are very aware, so what we need to do is maintain routine," said Robinett.

Teachers watched for tears while counselors and post-crisis teams stood-by.

"So far it's been very quiet," said Kirt Collins, who is the principal at Hawthorne Elementary in San Luis Obispo.

Educators said this seemed to be the case district wide.

"We are inviting parents on to campus if they would like to spend more time with their kids, have lunch with them," said Collins.

Central Coast schools are reviewing emergency plans and what to do if someone sees an intruder on campus. However, educators said they don't want to instill fear in their students.

"Making sure that if students ask questions that they know schools are very safe places in spite of things like this happening," said Robinett.

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