A 4-year-old Jersey City boy died after being found unresponsive at Public School No. 37 this afternoon, multiple sources told HCV.
The toddler never woke up after taking a nap during during school hours and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center upon dismissal, sources said.
A spokeswoman for the Jersey City Medical Center could not be immediately reached for comment, while the members of the board of education said the details of the incident would be released this evening.
Also known as Rafael De J. Cordero No. 37 Elementary School, the grammar school is located at 158 Erie St.
“We were devastated to hear earlier this afternoon that school staff found an unresponsive Pre-K4 child after the afternoon nap who was rushed to the hospital by Jersey City EMS only to be declared dead on arrival,” the board of education said in a joint statement.
“At this time our immediate focus is on the child’s parents and the larger PS#37 family to ensure they get the support and attention this tragedy demands. The Board is united, in this moment of terrible tragedy, with the PS#37 family. We request prayers and privacy at this sad moment.”
Board President Sudhan Thomas sent his condolences and noted that the school district will be making grief counselors available.
“Our thoughts and most profound condolences go out to his family and the entire Cordero community who are now trying to come to terms with this tragedy. To help support our students and staff at the school, the district will have grief counselors available.”
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with new information.