The new school year began in Jennings on Monday, despite renewed protests and unrest one-year after the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.
Regardless of the chaos down the street, educators in Jennings and the Ferguson-Florissant School District want parents and students to know school will be in session.
"We wanted to make sure we sent the strongest message possible to our students and our parents, we're open for business," said Phillip Boyd, assistant superintendent of Jennings School District.
The academic year begins for students in the Ferguson-Florissant district on Thursday and some parents are hesitant to send their children back to school with the events in their community.
"I'm truthfully expecting some problems when school starts back because a lot of the young people are more volatile than usual. And I think that's going to create some problems with Ferguson-Florissant," said Jackie Lunceford, who has five children in the district.
Even though she is worried about sending them back to school, Lunceford said she understands their education is more important than anything else.
"You can't stop what you have to do because of things like that, because that means they win, that the violence wins," Lunceford said.
School leaders said the classroom is the best place for children and they can fight back by turning their focus from negativity to positivity.
"We celebrate learning every day and that's how you make sure you are fighting those negative forces that are trying to, basically, disrupt communities," said Boyd.
District officials said they are in contact with police, are monitoring the situation closely and will make any changes as needed.
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