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Shelbyville Independent School District

Ray West, Ed.D P.O. Box 325 Office: (936) 598-2641

Superintendent Shelbyville, Texas 75973 Fax: (936) 598-6842

May 16, 2017

Dear Shelbyville ISDs Learning Community:

It is with great sorrow that I report to you that yesterday afternoon there was a bus accident that
resulted in the death of one of our precious children. All of the students involved in the accident were
evaluated at the scene by first responders. Some students were released directly to their parents.
Others were transported by ambulance to area medical facilities for more in-depth diagnosis and
treatment. Thankfully, all of the students who were taken to local medical facilities were treated
yesterday evening and released to return home.

Words cannot express the pain and grief all of Shelbyville ISDs learning community share in this
tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of all involved. Since the accident is
still under investigation, I will not share specific details at this time. Nonetheless, I do want to request
that we all strive to respect the feelings and privacy of our students and their families as they cope
with yesterdays tragedy.

Additional counselors are available at the school to provide support to any students or staff members
who need assistance. Since children react to emotional events differently, it is important that
teachers and parents work together to continue to assess the needs of our students and respond to
those needs. Please let your child's teacher or principal know if you have a particular concern, or if
you think your child needs some extra attention and support.

Shelbyville ISD would like to express its gratitude to all of the first responders, medical personnel,
parents, students, friends, and community members who provided their extraordinary assistance to
our students and bus driver yesterday. Also, thanks to the surrounding school districts who called
and offered Shelbyville ISD their support. The response to the accident and its aftermath was swift
and diligent. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by countless individuals who offer unconditional
love and support to Shelbyvilles learning community. As this school year draws to an end,
Shelbyville ISD will continue to work with all of you to provide a positive and safe learning
environment for all of our students. Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

Ray West
Ray West

Proud of the Past Building for the Future