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KAUKAUNA — The Kaukauna School District will have counselors and psychologists on hand at each school tomorrow following the death today of a 12-year-old seventh grader at River View Middle School.

The student died this afternoon, Sept. 6, 2016, after being struck by a school bus while walking home after his first day of school, according to reports.

“The Kaukauna Area School District is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our student, son, grandson, brother and friend, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends,” Superintendent Mark Duerwaecther said in a post on the district’s Facebook page.

“Our focus right now is on supporting those close to the student, and our trauma team is working diligently to prepare support for students and staff. Counselors, psychologists and social workers will be on hand at each of our schools for as long as needed. Please join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to his family,” he wrote

The Kaukauna Police Department is working with the Kaukauna Area School district to ensure students and staff of the Kaukauna Area School District receives the proper support and counseling.

The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Crooks Avenue and Second Street.

The bus was turning to go east on Second Street when it struck the boy, who was crossing the street, according to reports.

The boy had not been on the bus.

The Appleton Post Crescent reports that the child was taken to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton, said ThedaCare spokeswoman Megan Mulholland.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.