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Schools attempt normalcy on first day back after attacks

Teachers, staff try to help children cope

Words like fine and routine punctuated descriptions of a day that was anything but at Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, where two seats sat empty on the first day of classes since last week’s fatal bombings.

Those seats belonged to third-grader Martin Richard, who was killed in the attacks, and his sister Jane, a first-
grader who was severely ­injured. Their mother, Denise, also injured in the blasts, works as a librarian at the school.

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