TOWANDA, Kan. (KAKE) - Students at Circle High School felt the weight of emotion as they returned to school for the first day since the crash between a school bus and car that took the life of Circle High School student Haile Friesen.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. Friday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 254 and Adams Rd.

Circle School District Superintendent Don Potter said that the loss of Friesen is a heartbreaking tragedy for the entire community.

"We're struggling," Potter said. "Our entire district community is impacted by this and deeply saddened by this tragedy."

On Sunday and Monday, the school district provided counseling.

"I think that it's a great thing because personally, I think that everybody should go to one," says student Mason Karlin. "It's very helpful. And I think it's a great thing that the school is doing it."

Potter said that it was essential to let the students know that they can talk to someone to help in their grief.

"Each person grieves differently," Potter said. "And so we wanted to give them as many resources as we can to provide that grieving process to, to go well for them as well as it could be, and just provide them the support that they need."

The driver of the car was also injured.

No one on the bus was hurt.