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A letter from Superintendent Michael Patton regarding recent student death

April 14, 2015

The following letter from Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton was sent to parents this morning.

Dear South Glens Falls Community,

It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to let you know that one of our middle school students passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 13. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student. During this time as the school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, the school district will offer counseling and bereavement support services to all of our students and staff.

A student death is a difficult and challenging situation that can generate a high level of anxiety and distress for some students. If you feel that your children are having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings to help them work through their grief or concerns. Please also consider monitoring and discussing your children’s communications (social media, phone, e-mails, text messages) to further assess their potential needs.

If you feel that your children need to speak to a counselor or other caring adult, please do not hesitate to call our schools and let us know. Additionally, you should feel free to contact the middle school’s counseling office (792-5891 ext. 2) for guidance on how to handle and talk about any grief or concerns that your children may be experiencing. Information is also available on the district website at www.sgfcsd.org/grief-resources to help your child cope with loss.

This is a difficult time for everyone, but I know our students and staff will lean on each other as they fondly remember their classmate. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, your building principal or your child’s school counselor.

Sincerely,

Michael N. Patton
Superintendent of Schools

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