Expat Staff Member Of Dubai School Dies On Campus

In a tragic incident this morning, a Dubai school staff member died on campus. It was not immediately clear how the death occurred.

All of the students from Jumeirah College were asked to be picked up by 10.30am. Some pupils, who couldn’t be picked up by parents, were dropped off in buses.

The school’s principal, Simon O’Connor, said in a circular to parents: “I wanted to provide an update as to why I took the decision to send students home today. I am very sorry to say that a situation occurred this morning where a member of the support staff sadly passed away on the school premises. I need to stress that none of our students witnessed the incident. All relevant authorities were promptly called to the school and the pertinent area was immediately quarantined.

“I am enormously grateful for the supportive way in which the whole community has responded. The school will be open as normal tomorrow, though assemblies are being arranged to talk to the students. Additional counselling will be available at school for anyone requiring further support.”

The school said in a statement: “We confirm an incident where a member of staff sadly passed away on the school premises this morning. All relevant authorities were promptly called to the school and no student witnessed the incident.”

“GEMS Education places significant importance in child safeguarding and as a preventive step, all students have been sent home today. The school will be open as normal tomorrow”.

A staff member at the school told that the deceased was from Kerala.

“He was having breakfast with us this morning. He was smiling and seemed happy. We are very shocked over this,” the employee said.

Source: Khaleej Times