St-Isidore-de-Bellevue, March 4, 2015 - The Conseil scolaire Fransaskoises (CÉF) - in particular the school community of École St-Isidore in Bellevue - is mourning the death of one of its students earlier today, as reported in the media. Students, parents and staff at the school and in our Francophone schools across Saskatchewan are shaken by what is evidently a tremendous loss in a typical rural Saskatchewan community, where everyone helps each other in times of need.
"That is precisely how the response to today's tragedy unfolded. The school board immediately dispatched a team of counsellors from the CÉF's Student Services to the school, to assist in supporting students and staff. These individuals will continue to provide support the school community as long as they are needed. Parents may contact the school for further information or to request assistance."
Parents are invited to engage their children in conversations about death and how learning about today's tragedy makes them feel, because it impacts each person in different ways. Parents might want to make time to listen to their children and allow them to express their feelings. Answers to their questions should be simple and honest. Children are likely to ask the same questions repeatedly.
The Conseil des écoles fransaskoises is inviting members of the media community to respect the privacy of those who might be affected by today's loss, by allowing them to mourn according to their own terms. On behalf of the school community, the CÉF wishes to acknowledge the messages of sympathy it has received and expresses gratitude for offers of support in this difficult time.
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A first-language school today, a bilingual Francophone for life! - The Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CÉF) is home to 1,900 preschool to Grade 12 students in 15 elementary and secondary schools across the province. Financed by the Ministry of Education, it is the only French as a first language school board in Saskatchewan.
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