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95 percent attendance rate at Stoneman Douglas on students first day back

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (CNN Newsource | WSVN | )

The attendance rate at Stoneman Douglas was 95 percent on Wednesday, the first day students returned following the school shooting on Feb. 14.

In a news conference, the Broward School Board District said 150 counselors were on hand, along with 40 dogs and other support animals.

Superintendent Runcie said additional staff and almost all high school principals were at Stoneman Douglas to provide support for colleagues.

Students returned to Stoneman Douglas at 7:40 a.m. on a modified schedule, and were dismissed at 11:40 a.m.

Nearly 400 law enforcement officers from different departments statewide welcomed the students. Therapy dogs, horses, goats and guidance counselors were there for support as well.

Runcie also said out of nearly 3300 students, 15 students have asked for information on transferring schools. Four employees out of 214 have asked for information on employment options.

When asked about law enforcement presence at Stoneman Douglas, Runcie said, "We will see a lot of that presence continued through out the school year."


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