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Sad News 5-10-21

May 10, 2021 

Dear New London Public Schools Community,  

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that I inform you about the loss of a long-standing teacher of New London Public Schools.  We were notified this morning that Mr. Sean Madden, special education teacher at New London High School Multi-Magnet Campus, has passed away after a long-term chronic illness.    

Throughout his teaching career with New London Public Schools, Mr. Madden worked with students in multiple grades across the district. His commitment to his students and their families was unmatched. His caring and concern for students was unwavering and he will be greatly missed.  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Madden. This news is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for the entire community of the City of New London, especially the staff and students of the school district.  New London Public Schools has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, families, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. Counselors are available for any students or staff members who may need support surrounding this loss.   

We have enclosed some information that may be useful to you and your child to cope with this loss.  If you feel that your child is having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings with them.  This will help them to work through their grief or concerns. In addition, we realize that many parents may be personally impacted by this news. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the contact listed for your school. 

Thank you for your support of our school system as we work together to cope with this unexpected loss of our beloved member of our school community. 

Cynthia Ritchie 
Superintendent of Schools

Please see the following resources below:

Support Staff Contact Information.pdf
Brief Facts and Tips For Addressing Grief with Children.pdf