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A 7-year-old student at a South Philadelphia elementary school died on Wednesday after he suddenly fell ill during class.

Officials confirmed there was no school nurse on duty at Andrew Jackson Elementary School at the time. The school only has a nurse present every Thursday and every other Friday.

The child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he was pronounced dead.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers released the following statement amid news of the child’s death.

On behalf of every member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, I extend my deepest condolences to the family whose child was tragically and suddenly taken away from them today, and to the staff and community at Jackson Elementary, who are no doubt reeling from the loss of their student, classmate and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

It’s not clear if the child had a pre-existing medical condition. The child’s name has not been released.

Our condolences to his family.


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