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Message from the Director of Education
Message from the Director of Education

May 3, 2019

Dear Families,

Today, we were shocked and horrified to learn of a tragic homicide in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. We have read media reports about the incident being connected to an after-prom party, it is important that we not speculate or jump to conclusions or make assumptions. We are supporting the efforts of York Regional Police in their investigation and all official information and confirmation will come from them as they conclude this investigation.

While after-prom parties are not school organized events, we recognize that festivities associated with graduation are occurring and that students and their families will make decisions in their best interest and safety. It’s important for families and students to have open discussions about their plans, their safety and to have open lines of communication.

Our focus is on providing support to our students and families. Today was a secondary school Professional Activity (PA) Day and students were not in high schools. Regardless of the details of the police investigation, we know that some students will be looking for support and reassurances that they are safe. Our Board has developed tips to support families in the conversation with children and youth about tragic events. The support you provide to your child at this time is critical, please invite them to talk openly about their feelings and express themselves to you.

On Monday, as students return to school, our staff members will be available to provide support. If you have concerns about your child’s emotional well-being or reaction to the news of this incident, please contact the school so you can work together to provide support.

I want to reassure you that our schools are safe places and that our caring staff members will be welcoming students on Monday.

If you have information about the incident, please contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865 to share your information. 

Sincerely,

Louise Sirisko   
Director of Education 
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