Many schools will be holding a moment of silence Monday and will fly flags at half-staff.
Meanwhile, at home, many parents were trying their best to allay their children’s fears while coping with their own. Kornfeld said she drove her children to their elementary school over the weekend to show them that it was still safe and nothing had changed.
She said her family’s Miami suburban community is a lot like Newtown, Conn., a place where people generally feel safe being at home without the doors locked and playing outside after school.
‘‘Why would that happen there?’’ she said. ‘‘It kind of rocks everything.’’
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Ala.; Brett Zongker in Washington; Bob Christie in Phoenix; Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Miss.; Amy Forliti in Minneapolis; Michelle Nealy in Chicago and Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, S.C.