Dec 18, 2012 2:03 PM
(NBC NEWS) - Students who did not attend Sandy Hook Elementary returned to their classrooms today in Newtown, Connecticut for the first time since Friday's shooting massacre.
Meanwhile, flashbacks continue for others still struggling to cope.
Gene Rosen learned about the shooting from a group of students who escaped to the safety of his lawn after their teacher, Vicki Soto, died trying to protect them.
"They said we can't go back to the school, we can't go back to the school because our teacher is gone," a tearful Rosen recalled.
Today Soto's friends and family will say goodbye during a wake.
Rebecca Harriman struggled to send her son, who attended a different elementary school, back to class.
"I don't think you're ever ready to send your child back to school after something like this happens but I think that as much as we can get him back to normal we have to," she said.
At Sandy Hook nobody is getting back to normal yet.
The elementary school is closed indefinitely.
Workers are preparing to welcome the Sandy Hook students to a newly reopened temporary school, but they will be without their principal, Dawn Hochstrong, who died a hero trying to stop the gunman.
There has been no determination about when they will go back to class.