EAST ROCKAWAY - Students in East Rockaway today returned to class in their old school building, six months after Superstorm Sandy destroyed their school.

The East Rockaway Junior/Senior High School was closed for 182 days after Sandy ripped through the school, bringing heavy water damage. The cafeteria, gymnasium and auditorium had to be completely reconstructed.

Students sported "Rock the Return" shirts on their first day back. They told News 12 Long Island they were happy to be in the building again.

School officials estimate the cost of renovations could be close to $10 million.