Students and staff will react in different ways to the death of one of our students. We should all expect and try to understand that there will be a variety of emotions and responses to what has occurred. The most important thing you can do is to be supportive and encourage an open expression of feelings. We recommend maintaining as normal a routine as possible. This recommendation has evolved from the district's experience with death in the past and the advice of mental health professionals from the community.
Special counseling services will be made available to students and staff this week, and will continue to be available longer if needed. This includes counseling support tomorrow morning for any parents or students who might need it. If you think your child needs additional counseling support, please do not hesitate to contact our school counselors, Sarah St. John, Marcia Hoerl, or Ian Lennox at 970-247-1418.
The district will also be holding a special grief counseling service with community partners tomorrow here at the school from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm for any families that need the support. For others resources see the attached guide from the National Association of School Physiologists: Death and Grief: Supporting Children and Youth, or contact the following local and national mental health provider:
- Crossroads: 970-403-0180
- Axis Health: 970-259-2161
- Boys & Girls Club Town National Hotline: 800-448-3000
- Safe2Tell: 866-542-SAFE
Be well and take care,
Principal – Miller Middle School