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Ferguson, MO (KSDK) - Those living in the affected region of Ferguson are back in school and leaders are providing resources.

Most of the kids who live in and around Canfield Green apartments, where Michael Brown was shot go to the Riverview Gardens district.

At first school leaders didn't know what to expect, but so far counselors say these kids are staying strong.

"The pulse is pretty, it's okay right now, we are getting through it and we are doing the very best we can for our students," says Riverview Gardens District Intervention and Care Team Coordinator Sheila Powell-Walker.

What could have been a tumultuous beginning at Riverview Garden school district, has been somewhat calm, following the advice from a sign out front that reads "Increase the Peace."

"We were expecting our students to possibly show up angry maybe come in and may be very militant," says Powell-Walker.

Following the fallout in Ferguson, Powell-Walker says they started bringing in extra counselors.

"We are not initiating conversation around the event, but we do recognize that it may come up just in particularly if you think about a social studies class," says Powell-Walker.

She says students are asking why and wondering if they are safe.

Parents in the impacted area say their kids are also asking questions at home.

"What's been going on and what happened to Michael Brown and why was there so many police outside," says Keshia Vixen mother of three. "I told them what was going on and why the people was out here rioting and let him know that it was the wrong thing to do."

Powell-Walker says they hope to soon being support groups for students and parents.

"They can come in out of the community and talk about how they are feeling and what is happening and get connected to those resources," says Powell-Walker.

The Ferguson-Florissant School district says they also have counselors in place, but not many students are talking about the issue yet.

Both districts tell me if you are having an issue talking to your child about this topic, the districts can help you.

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