It’s a step towards normalcy for those impacted by the shootings that claimed the lives of ten people in Santa Fe on Friday.
That step towards normalcy is the kids returning to school. That will take place a week from today according to Superintendent Patti Hansard.
“We realize there are students, staff and families that need time for grieving and mourning,” Hansard said.
Police say there will be extra security at all campuses after what happened last week. There is an update on the officer that was injured. John Barnes remains in ICU and officials say he's had ups and downs.
“He’s had ups and downs. Today was a down day,” Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said.
Police are also defending their reaction time to Friday's shooting.
“It took four minutes before the first officer, the heroes, engaged with that individual,” Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset told reporters, adding that the shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is under suicide watch.
The roundtables in Austin led by Governor Abbott to make schools safer begin today. There are 23 people involved in these roundtables, including lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, law enforcement and educators.
And JJ Watt is lifting spirits of those that were hurt, visiting kids in the hospital. He's offered to pay for all of the funerals. There are two more that we know about this week. The service for Aaron Kyle McLeod is on Thursday; Cynthia Tisdale's funeral will be on Friday.