Superintendent UPDATE Message

December 6, 2022 Traffic Accident

BCS Community:

I want to pass along my appreciation to the numerous students, staff, families, and community members who have reached out to our schools and central office today to share concern for those who were directly and indirectly involved in the traffic accident this morning. As previously communicated, the student was conscious when transported to the hospital for evaluation, treatment and observation.

As a school superintendent and parent, you never want to receive this type of notification no matter the time of day or weather situation. When I arrived at the accident scene this morning, everyone was working together to support all those involved. Of course, the primary concern was the student who had been struck, as well as our student bus riders, our bus driver and the driver of the vehicle. Our students on the bus were outstanding young men and women and quickly moved to a replacement bus for transport to school. Upon arrival at school, these students were met by school administration and support staff. Parents and students, our crisis team and counselors are available for you. If you have a need, please reach out to them.

I want to thank our emergency responders and our transportation team who quickly responded to the scene and provided immediate support and to the state police who are handling the investigation. I recognize that situations involving children leave an imprint on our hearts and minds and are especially hard on everyone which is why the support and cooperation of our crisis team and community is so valued during these situations and the days that follow.

We are in the midst of dark, cold, and messy days of winter. If your daily commute has you traveling across the 322 square miles of our school district, please ALWAYS be mindful of students waiting at bus stops and aware of the 300+ school buses on their morning and evening routes.

Again, I extend my appreciation to all involved and thank our community for your thoughts, prayers and supportive actions.

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Ronald Stephens, IV., Superintendent of Schools

Berkeley County Schools

Berkeley County Schools, WV's second largest and fastest growing school district, boasts a diverse student population recognized statewide for great success in academics, the arts and athletics.

This newsletter is a publication of the Berkeley County Schools' Communications Office on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 3:30 PM.