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Dear Shelbyville ISD’s Learning Community:
 
It is with great sorrow that I report to you that yesterday afternoon there was a bus accident that resulted in the death of one of our precious children.  All of the students involved in the accident were evaluated at the scene by first responders.  Some students were released directly to their parents.   Others were transported by ambulance to area medical facilities for more in-depth diagnosis and treatment.  Thankfully, all of the students who were taken to local medical facilities were treated yesterday evening and released to return home.  
 
Words cannot express the pain and grief all of Shelbyville ISD’s learning community share in this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of all involved.  Since the accident is still under investigation, I will not share specific details at this time.  Nonetheless, I do want to request that we all strive to respect the feelings and privacy of our students and their families as they cope with yesterday’s tragedy.      
 
Additional counselors are available at the school to provide support to any students or staff members who need assistance.  Since children react to emotional events differently, it is important that teachers and parents work together to continue to assess the needs of our students and respond to those needs. Please let your child's teacher or principal know if you have a particular concern, or if you think your child needs some extra attention and support.  
 
Shelbyville ISD would like to express its gratitude to all of the first responders, medical personnel, parents, students, friends, and community members who provided their extraordinary assistance to our students and bus driver yesterday.  Also, thanks to the surrounding school districts who called and offered Shelbyville ISD their support.  The response to the accident and its aftermath was swift and diligent.  We are truly blessed to be surrounded by countless individuals who offer unconditional love and support to Shelbyville’s learning community.  As this school year draws to an end, Shelbyville ISD will continue to work with all of you to provide a positive and safe learning environment for all of our students.  Thank you.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Ray West
Superintendent
 

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