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Message from the Director of Education and Board Chair
Message from the Director of Education and Board Chair

January 9, 2020

York Region D​istrict School Board to Host Community Vigil 

We join Canadians and others around the world in mourning the loss of the victims of yesterday’s plane crash in Iran. We are heartbroken to learn that five of our students died in this devastating tragedy, from four of our schools: Adrienne Clarkson P.S., Beynon Fields P.S., Meadowbrook P.S. and Richmond Green S.S.

Our focus continues to be on providing support to students at the affected schools, and we have staff members trained in responding to tragic events at the schools this week. 

We also know that there are staff members and families who are mourning the loss of loved ones. This is a tragedy that is being felt deeply in our community. We are all deeply saddened and our thoughts and condolences are with all those affected by this tragic event.

We will be hosting a community vigil​ to bring the community together and honour the lives of those who were lost. We hope that you are able to join us in support of the community. This is an outdoor event. Please dress warmly. 

The event will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. outside Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning in Richmond Hill. This event is being held in partnership with the City of Richmond Hill, York Catholic District School Board and York Regional Police.

As a reminder, if you or someone you know is directly affected by this event, Victim Services of York Region (VSYR) is available at 905-953-5363 or toll free at 1-866-876-5423, extension 6790 to provide support. You can also reach out to 310 - COPE at 1-888-695-0070.


Sincerely,

Louise Sirisko                   Juanita Nathan      
Director of Education        Board Chair​​ ​​​​​​​​​​     


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