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ST. LOUIS COUNTY - More than 11,000 students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District are back in class.

Classes were scheduled to begin Aug. 14, five days after Brown's shooting death. But the protests led to several delays.

Students, teachers and parents say they are eager to return to their routines. Many described school as a place of refuge.

"I'm ready for them to get back to their regular routine. They were excited and getting ready to get back to school, then this happened, so I'm just ready for them to get back to their routine, you know, coming to school, being with their peers and getting to know their new school year," said Donnetta Cleveland.

"I think it will get back to sorta kinda the way it was, but it won't be the same," said Valicia Anthony.

Michael Brown was a recent graduate of Normandy High School, where classes resumed as scheduled last week.

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