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Board Chair and Superintendent express condolences

Tue, 14 Nov, 2023

News item: Board Chair and Superintendent express condolences

Edmonton Public Schools extends sincere condolences to Gavin Uppal’s family and friends, and to his school community, after the Grade 6 student tragically lost his life on Thursday, November 9.

When classes resume on Wednesday after the fall break, the Division’s Critical Incident Support Services (CISS) team will be available at Gavin's school to provide support to students and staff. The CISS team is made up of trained professionals who provide counselling and support in tragic and difficult circumstances.

Board Chair Julie Kusiek and Superintendent Darrel Robertson expressed their condolences to Gavin's family, friends and school community:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to share our heartfelt condolences to Gavin Uppal’s family, his school community and to everyone grieving after this senseless loss of life. The days ahead will be difficult, and I know the community will come together to support each other as we come to terms with the tragic loss of this young student.

—Board Chair Julie Kusiek 

The Division is grieving after a Grade 6 student, Gavin Uppal, lost his life in a terrible act of violence during fall break last week. Gavin’s classmates, teachers and all school staff will need compassion and understanding as they work through their emotions. We’re committed to providing Gavin’s school community with the supports they need during this challenging time. Our thoughts and condolences are with Gavin’s family and friends.

—Superintendent Darrel Robertson