It is with the deepest regret and sadness that I inform you about the tragic and sudden loss of one of our high school students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to the entire school community of which this student was a beloved part. This news is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions, especially for our staff and students.
New London Public Schools has both district-level and school-level crisis intervention teams 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 at all schools for any students or staff members who may need support surrounding this loss.
Also enclosed is some information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home including a list of key contacts, offering skilled social-emotional support, for each building. 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 any adult needs assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the contact list of support staff for your school.
Thank you for your support of each other as we work together to cope with this incredibly sad loss.
Sincerely, Cynthia Ritchie Superintendent of Schools
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