George Gibbs Jr. Elementary School will be closed Friday as staff honor the memory of teacher Jill Hillesheim, who died there Monday morning.

"We send our sincere condolences to the family of Jill Hilleshiem. The District has closed George Gibbs Jr. Elementary School on Friday to honor the request from the majority of staff members to support one another and attend the funeral of Jill," a statement released by the Rochester Public School district said. "Our thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of the Hilleshiems."

School Age Childcare, SACC, will be available for Gibbs students even for families who aren't SACC members.

Hillesheim, 52, suffered a medical emergency in a classroom at the school at Monday morning. She had been a teacher in Rochester since 1991.

The funeral for Hillesheim will be at Zumbro Lutheran Church 11 a.m. Friday.

According to her obituary, Hilleshiem received a master’s degree in Special Education from St. Mary’s University in Winona.

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