Where to begin????
Closing the pool and cancelling lessons are the opposite of what should be done. This is such a prime teachable moment. The best way they could honor this poor boy is to make sure everyone understands what happened and why.
Make sure everyone in the school can swim, can recognize what drowning looks like and respond with safe rescue techniques. That would virtually ensure that no other children at this school would have a similar fate. Swimming is a life skill that should be taught in every school.
The industry standard should require a lifeguard in addition to gym teachers on the deck of every swimming pool in the country. How many more lives do we need to lose? This is unbelievable and unacceptable.
I hate to say this, but these kind of reactions are our fault in many cases.
I'm not saying they let the person drown. What I am talking about is the public relations and information that is pushed out about our facilities and programs BEFORE major incidents happen. For example, once a year give a brief update to your policy makers/ head administrators (who are the ones that make these nuclear options) about your training programs and practices. Feed the local media regular blurbs, releases, phone calls, etc. about interesting things you are doing about training, so you have a positive relationship with them BEFORE the incident and they can have some facts about steps you take to minimize these accidents from happening. Even if our stories don't make it to print or air, your media people know a little bit of the story.
Yes by all means investigate what went wrong, but don't kill the program. When police make a mistake in a community you don't shut down the police department and say we don't want law enforcement...