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Statement from Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
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Following the verdict in a trial related to the tragic drowning death of Jeremiah Perry, the following statement was issued by Director of Education Colleen Russell-Rawlins.

“Four years after his tragic passing, we know that Jeremiah’s loss is still felt deeply by those that loved and knew him. Our hearts are with his family, friends and the larger CW Jeffreys CI school community during this difficult and emotional time. We have once again extended our condolences to Jeremiah’s family and have offered support to both them and the CW Jefferys CI community.

With today’s verdict, we can now complete the final piece of our investigative process. In the meantime, the staff member has been on leave and not paid by the TDSB. While there were specific requirements in place at the time — that we know were not followed — we further strengthened our requirements four years ago around water-based activities, including mandatory Principal signoff on swim test results and the sharing of all results with parents/guardians prior to any activity taking place.”

More information can be found on the TDSB website here.