JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Duval County Public Schools tells Action News Jax that the assistant principal at Arlington Middle School has sadly died.
Bobby Rivers, who served as assistant principal of Arlington Middle School’s PRIDE program died unexpectedly, the district announced Thursday morning.
In a message out to parents, the school’s principal, Principal Platts, says Mr. Rivers was “well known for his success in helping children learn in every setting, and we were all very much looking forward to his leadership over our PRIDE program this year.”
The school will offer grief counseling for students and staff starting Thursday morning.
You can read the full message sent out to parents below:
“Good Evening Arlington Middle School Families. This is Principal Platts calling.
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of one of our staff members.
The assistant principal of our PRIDE program, Mr. Bobby Rivers, has recently passed unexpectedly.
While I have only been here and known Mr. Rivers a short time, his passion for students and for education was immediately evident. He was well known for his success in helping children learn in every setting, and we were all very much looking forward to his leadership over our PRIDE program this year.
Our entire school community is deeply saddened by this unexpected loss, and we send our condolences to his family.
To assist our students and staff during this time, specially-trained counselors and social workers are available on campus.
If you would prefer that your child not participate in any of the grief counseling activities, please contact me through the school at (904) 720-1680. Your child is important to our school community, and we want to do what you deem best for them.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions or concerns. Thank you and have a good evening.”
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