The name of the staff member involved in Wednesday's accident at Roosevelt Middle School has now been released. Craig Jackson, a member of the district staff for 23 years, was killed around 1pm on Wednesday.
Craig served the district as a mechanic in the transportation office from 1999-2017 and became a groundskeeper in the buildings and grounds office in 2017, serving schools across the district. He was operating a roller compactor on the school’s football field. While attempting to maneuver under the field’s goal post, the compactor’s safety roll-bar struck the bottom of the goal post causing it to fall forward on him. The Dubuque Police Department investigated and determined the incident to be accidental.
No other information about the incident will be released at this time
The message below was sent a short time ago to Roosevelt Middle School families and staff.
Roosevelt Families and Staff,
As you know, Dubuque emergency services responded to Roosevelt Middle School today in response to an accident, which occurred on the football field.
It is with a heavy heart that we share that a district buildings and grounds staff member died as a result of the accident. Out of respect for their family and to allow them time to share the news with their loved ones, we are not sharing the individual’s name at this time.
Counseling support will be available tomorrow at school for any students or staff members needing support.
Please keep this individual’s family and friends, and well as their district and school colleagues, in your thoughts during this difficult time.
This afternoon, the Dubuque Fire Department responded to Roosevelt Middle School for an accident requiring emergency services support. Emergency services remain on the scene and there is no danger to students and staff.
TO SUPPORT THIS RESPONSE, ALL STUDENTS WILL DISMISS FROM THE FRONT OF SCHOOL AND NO TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE REAR OF THE BUILDING.
IN ORDER TO DISMISS FROM THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING:
- Students riding the bus will be dismissed at their normal 2:30 p.m. time
- Riders and walkers will dismiss 15 minutes later at 2:45 p.m.
ALL AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES TODAY ARE CANCELLED.
We ask for your patience during this modified dismissal today.
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