The Big Spring School District has announced the unexpected death of an Oak Flat Elementary School third grader Friday.

“It is with profound sadness that I communicate the unexpected passing of one of our 3rd grade students this morning in his home, wrote Superintendent Dr. Richard Fry in a letter to the district Friday. “Our condolences and thoughts go out to the student’s family.”

The district has counselors, school psychologists and additional grief support resources available to the students and staff at Oak Flat Elementary and other buildings, Fry continued.

Principal Stacey Kimble wrote in an email to The Valley Times-Star, “The staff and students are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our very dear friends. He was a sweet young man who was loved and adored by all. His infectious smile and huge heart warmed each and every person who knew him. I am so thankful for our amazing team of staff, counselors and administrators who have become a solid support network for each other and for our students. We are so fortunate to be part of such a caring Bulldog family.”

In the letter, Fry noted district staff continues to embrace the mission of contributing to its students’ social and emotional development, as well as always being attentive to students’ emotional needs at school.

If a child needs to speak to a counselor or other adult, Fry said a parent may reach out to their respective school. Fry also noted a parent can contact a school’s main office for guidance on how to handle and talk about any grief or concerns experienced by a child.

“We are blessed and honored to serve a community that cares so much for each other and is so committed to helping our Big Spring Family heal,” he wrote. “Please know that as this specific family becomes more comfortable with us sharing additional details, we will do so.”

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