Letter from Superintendent Chris Gdowski

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:34pm

Update on the Legacy High School bus accident

Dear Adams 12 Five Star Schools staff and families,

Thank you to the staff, students and parents of the Five Star community who have come together to support one another after yesterday’s bus accident involving the Legacy High School football team. And thank you for the thoughts and prayers that you have extended to all those impacted.  

While we have 50-plus schools in our district, the relationships between staff, students and parents extend beyond school walls. We collectively offer our condolences to the family of Kari Chopper, the bus driver who died in yesterday’s accident. The family and our transportation staff need your continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

We also pray for the continued recovery of our football players and coaches. A piece of encouraging news is that all players who were treated for injuries have been released from local hospitals. Three coaches - Wayne Voorhees, Matt Kroupa and Kyle Rider - remain hospitalized and are receiving care. The families know you are pulling for them and are thankful for your support.

Our commitment right now is attending to the health and well-being of our students and staff. Members of our district crisis response team have been available throughout the day to support students and staff at Legacy High School and our Transportation Center. Additionally, we have posted tips on our district website about coping with trauma. You can also find updates about the situation as they become available on the district website.

The Denver Police Department continues its investigation into the accident. We have and will continue to cooperate with investigators as they piece together what led to this accident. We all would like to know what caused this accident. As you may have seen in media reports, this process may take awhile. We need to respect and honor that process.

As both your superintendent and a parent in the district, I’m feeling what you’re feeling. The entire Five Star community is in this together and we need to continue to lean on each other. We’ve gotten messages from up and down the front range from school districts showing their support for our community and I could not be more proud to be a part of such a strong family of students, parents and staff.

With my continued thoughts and prayers,

Chris Gdowski