March 16th changed lives forever. That was the day 11 year-old Kaylee Derks was killed by a school bus on her way home.

After that tragic accident counselors were dispatched to Dean Allen Elementary School in NW Las Vegas to help those affected understand the situation better. Rosemary Virtuoso is the head of counseling at the Clark County School District and spoke to KXNT about what her staff does when this type of event occurs. “What we have tried to do is a very consistent practice addressing student needs and crisis response for kids who need support.”

Virtuoso’s staff also focused on those affected most and then expanded it’s efforts. “What we do is deal with a classroom teacher, we deal with the sorrounding other 5th graders and provide support for those kids and then filter it out to the rest of the school.”

Virtuoso went on to tell KXNT about a theory called proximity that helps her staff deal with the right people. “There are compounding issues that if a student is dealing with a recent loss themselves or a difficult situation in which their resiliency is compromised, then consequently we have more issues with that inner core of proximity.”

Since that accident the bus route where the accident occured near Ann Road and Pebble Drive has been changed.

The Kaylee Derks Memorial Fund was set up this week at Wells Fargo to help the family.


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