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TVDSB to Offer Grief Counselling at Impacted Schools This Week

Four of the victims in the horrific crash on Tuesday night in London, including the 8 year old girl who died were attending schools in the Thames Valley District School Board.

LONDON - Four of the victims in the horrific crash on Tuesday night in London were attending school in the Thames Valley District School Board.

The collision killed an 8 year old girl and injured 10 others, many of whom were members of Girl Guides Canada. The girl who tragically died in the collision was one of the TVDSB students. Director of Education Mark Fisher says the entire school community is mourning the loss. 

"On behalf of Thames Valley, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and community members who have been affected by this sad event. We are also grateful for the actions of our first responders and hospital staff."

Members of the board's traumatic events response team will be at the affected schools to support students and staff this week. 

Fisher says in order to respect the privacy of families, the names of the students and the schools they attend will not be released.

"Although police have said there is nothing to indicate this was an intentional act, this tragic incident comes at a time when many of us are still dealing with the events of June 2021, when members of our community were targeted by a hate crime." 

All Thames Valley families will receive an email today containing information to help parents and caregivers respond to questions from their children about this tragic event.

The email reminds parents and caregivers that offering support and comfort will help their children feel safe and calm. Families are also asked to contact their school if they believe their child could benefit from additional information or support.

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