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Wesley Responds to Glenview Police Drowning Report

The child care center sent home a letter to parents Aug. 31 addressing the finalized report and extending their sympathies to the Cardenas family. 4-Year-Old Vicente drowned while under Wesley’s supervision on a field trip to Roosevelt Pool June 15.

sent home the following letter to parents Thursday afternoon in response to Glenview PD’s report. (To read a full statement from the Cardenas Family following the close of the investigation, )

Dear Wesley Child Care Families,

, at the Glenview Park District Pool this summer. We want to thank all of our Wesley families and community who continue to support the Cardenas family, our Wesley staff, and families through this painful and sorrowful time.

All of us at Wesley extend our deepest sympathies to the Cardenas family and want them to know that our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them during this time of loss and grieving.

Sincerely,
Ellen Fagerburg
Director 

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Steph August 31, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Noting the last sentence on their sign, sadly kids are apparantly NOT what counted most that day! The child ratio was 2-3 kids per teacher that day and the staff couldn't handle that? And don't get me started on the lifeguards! What a sad preventable loss!!
Deb August 31, 2012 at 08:15 PM
sad case .. Not lifeguards fault . Shouldn't say that unless you have been one. Shame!!
beth steger September 01, 2012 at 12:13 PM
There are steps that could be taken to assure a more safe environment at our pools. In my opinion the loud blasting music is distracting. The constant noise kept me from being able to communicate with my young kids. Let them know they are getting too far out. You cannot yell to them or hear whistles of guards. The large bus loads of multiple camps and groups could be more controlled. Perhaps more lifeguards are needed. Could we learn from and help prevent this in the future?
Becca September 01, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Come on, the life guards cannot watch 1 child at a time, it is up to the staff of the school, that should have had the eye on the boy. I hear the whistles all the time. I was a reg. pool goer with my son. He could hear me, I was there that day. Just not at that moment. But my child can swim. I say cameras installed. That way, that investigation may not have taken that long. The boy struggling to swim in the deeper water, could have been avoided. But why should we all count on technology, when there was a 1/2-3 ratio for the child. The couselor should have watched the child and not look away and talk to someone else. Should have seen the child move closer to the deep end. AND WHY NO VEST!!!! I would have hoped the staff told the children that that line leads to deeper water.
Deb September 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I'm with Beth and Becca about this no vest situation and cameras being installed .. Loud music is very distracting !! Poor family .. I feel horrible for them and for the little boy who must have been so scared..
A Glenview Parent September 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
The dark truth of the Wesley response is that "on paper" it would appear that Wesley is doing everything it possibly can to assist the Cardenas family. It is reasonable to assume that Wesley has made daily calls to the family to offer help, maybe send over a meal, set up a memorial fund. right? The truth is Wesley handed the parents back their son's personal items, sanitized the center from his ever attending and then, upon the direction of their attorneys, never communicated with the Cardenas family again. I am not making this up. It should give us all pause.
A Glenview Parent September 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
In my prior comment, I do not mean to suggest the Wesley staff is not in agony over this, I merely wanted to point out the consequences of what happens when a good group of people (Wesley) suddenly find themselves doing more harm by additionally devastating the Cardenas family with the silence.
Steph September 01, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Hey Deb! I was one for many many yrs at Roosevelt in fact! Pity it took a child to alert the lifeguard before he noticed the poor boy on the bottom!
Tony D September 04, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I do NOT blame the life guards, however I do think the park district and Wesley should both be held accountable. I unfortunately was there the day this happened and saw them pull Vincente out of the water and leave in the ambulance. The pool was total chaos with kids all over. There should have been double, if not more, life guards on duty (poolside). Wesley is without a doubt accountable as well. Man up people. The life of a little boy was lost when it shouldn't have been.
Tony D September 04, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I saw one parent leave a comment saying her child can swim and was mad because she felt it would be unfair to her child. My response to her was so with that though because I have a drivers license and can drive means I'll never get into an accident?? Better safe than sorry I say.
Carrie September 06, 2012 at 04:52 AM
There seems to be a lot of finger pointing for this awful tragedy. This was an accident people - it needs to be called what it is. My heart goes out to the family AND to the lifeguard staff and the staff at Wesley. People are not realizing that there is more than the family who is deeply grieving and suffering from this tragedy. I don't know the details of the event, but we all know that accidents can happen in seconds from the briefest distractions - think about your daily routines and what can happen - looking at a passenger while driving and getting into a fatal accident, not realizing there's a step and falling, suffering a severe brain injury, losing a child in a department store after turning away for a second, resulting in kidnapping. All freak accidents - but always a risk. You run the risk of drowning with a 4 year old who CAN swim, even with both parents there, much less than one who CAN'T swim, in daycare setting in a pool with hundreds of people. Were the lifeguards sleeping/on illicit drugs or were the teachers out having a smoke instead of watching the kids? If they were, then yes, go nuts, call them negligent, sue the crap out of them, slam them in these blog posts, do whatever you need to do. But since they weren't, don't. Instead, the focus needs to be on determining where the system failed on all ends to prevent it from happening again. Let the school, and pool, and I hate to say this, but parents too, do that.

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