Chesterfield Elementary released a statement containing updates on the injured today.
February 17, 2012
Dear Parents and Community Members:
To keep you updated on the status of our students related to yesterday’s school bus accident, three of our students remain in Cooper Trauma Center in critical condition. Thirteen other students, who were transported to one of five area hospitals yesterday, have been treated and released. A fourteenth child is expected to be released today.
As you may know, Isabella Tezsla, a sixth-grade student, died as a result of her injuries yesterday. Two of those who remain at Cooper Trauma Center are her sisters, Natalie and Sophie. Jonathan Zdybel, a fifth-grader, is also undergoing care at Cooper.
Today, we opened our doors to family and community members for grief counseling. Support was lent by our staff and administration, the Burlington County School Crisis Team and the Burlington County Traumatic Loss Coalition. Information on helping children to deal with trauma and loss was available to those who participated.
Although our school will be closed through Monday for President’s Day, should your family require help in addressing the loss of our student or the trauma of the accident, Drenk Behavioral Health Center is offering the services of its Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization System. That service is available by calling 1-877-652-7624.
Please monitor our website for updates throughout the weekend. As we reopen on Tuesday, counseling services will be available to those in need through our county volunteers and our own staff.
Should you have any concerns, please share them with your classroom teacher or our office.
It goes without saying that everyone at the Chesterfield Elementary School is extremely appreciative for the support that has been lent over the past two days from so many different directions. Our community is very fortunate indeed.
Please keep the Tezsla and Zdybel families in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.