Teachers, staff return to Arapahoe High School, students return Tuesday; Library to be remodeled

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Teachers and staff went back to work at Arapahoe High School on Monday. Students will return to classes on Tuesday.

It's the first time classes have been held since the deadly shooting on December 13.

Students, staff and teachers were allowed back into the school days after the shooting to retrieve belongings, but classes were canceled until tomorrow.

Finals that were postponed due to the school closure will be held Wednesday and Thursday, but principal Natalie Pramenko said finals are optional and are for grade improvement only. Students who do not take finals will keep the grade they earned before exams. Students who take exams and see their grade drops, will be able to maintain the original grade prior to the final exam.

When classes start, there will be an addition police presence at the school, Pramenko said.

"The safety and security of our students and staff remains our highest priority at Arapahoe High
School," Pramenko said in a letter to parents. 

A counseling center will be open on Monday at the Santa Fe House on 6509 S Santa Fe Drive in Littleton from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

"Mental health support is also available through the Arapahoe County Victims Assistance program," Pramenko said.

The shooting on December 13 left two people dead -- student Claire Davis and the gunman, another student.

Three shots were fired in a hallway and two shots were fired in the school library. Pramenok said work is underway to remodel the library.

Second semester will start Friday at the school with an all‐school assembly that will include several Arapahoe Indians and Tribal Elders.

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