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Sad News 6.3.21

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 Ms. Cassandra Falvey, teacher at Bennie Dover Jackson Multi-Magnet School Campus has passed away unexpectedly. 

Ms. Falvey was a beloved teacher at BDJMMSC. Over her years at the school, she was a social studies and math teacher and most recently became an ESOL Case Manager. Her kindness radiated throughout the classes she taught and in all of her interactions with students and staff. Her smile and positivity will be greatly missed among the students and staff of BDJMMSC. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Ms. Falvey. 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

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