Staff and Students at Ecole Dundonald School in Saskatoon are dealing with a tragedy after a five-year-old kindergarten student died after morning recess Monday.
Saskatoon Public Schools Director of Education Barry MacDougall said the boy was found at the Dundonald Park pond just before 11:00 a.m. He was rushed to hospital but pronounced dead shortly after.
MacDougall said classes were cancelled and the parents of the boy were notified as soon as he was found.
Students in grades 1-6 will return to class on Tuesday, while kindergarten students will not be in class Tuesday. The school division is providing councilors but parents are being encouraged to talk to their children about the incident.
The pond does not have a fence or barrier around it.
Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre released the following statement.
“We are all very saddened today to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of a young student at Ecole Dundonald School in Saskatoon.
As a mother, I cannot imagine what his parents are going through, and I offer my deepest condolences, and condolences on behalf of all of government.
Our thoughts and our prayers are with the student’s family above all, with the staff at the school, the student’s friends and school mates, and all others impacted by this tragic event.
I have spoken to the Saskatoon Public School Director of Education and Ecole Dundonald School principal and offered them any support they may require during this time.”