District 203 - World Class
Naperville Community Unit School District 203
Naperville, Illinois

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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From the Superintendent

11/2/2012  Original message sent Wednesday, October 31

The loss of a child is a very tragic and unfortunate event that affects not just a school or a school district, but an entire community.

It was very early this morning that District 203 learned one of our students died last evening. As you may know by now, the circumstances regarding that death are under investigation by the Naperville Police Department. Because the police investigation is ongoing, I cannot comment further on the details of the incident. I would, however, like to commend the Naperville Police Department for the work they have done and the support they have provided us.

I am grateful for the strong staff we have in this district and at Scott school under the leadership of Principal Nick Micensky. Upon hearing of the death of our student, the District 203 Crisis Team was assembled and a support plan put in place. This includes additional counselors on-site to support the students and staff and help parents should they need assistance in talking to their student. The principal has remained in contact with Scott families throughout the day and the staff have worked to keep the day’s special event plans on schedule for the benefit of the students.

My thoughts, condolences and well wishes go out to all the families involved in this terrible loss, as well as the entire Naperville community. Our District was not the only one touched by this event, and I extend my support and condolences to the families of Indian Prairie District 204. It is important to remember at times like this that we are one community, one Naperville. This community, along with our neighbors, will find strength in each other that will sustain us in this difficult time.

Again, I thank everyone for their support and understanding as we try to guide our students, staff and families through their confusion and grief. Your thoughts and prayers for all those suffering are gratefully accepted.

With sincere appreciation,
Dan Bridges

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