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Letter: Parent/Guardian Meeting to be Held in Response to High School Senior's Death

The District Response Crisis Team as well as grief counselors will be available at 6:30 p.m. to provide parents and guardians with information to help children cope with loss

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, we learned that a member of our senior class, Daniel DiFabio, died at home. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiFabio family and we extend our deepest heartfelt sympathies.

Today at school each teacher read a short message in homeroom. Guidance counselors and our mental health professionals were available throughout the day to talk with students who knew Dan and those who may have had a difficult time dealing with this very sad news. Private and group sessions were available as well as quiet places for students to be with friends. Counseling services are extended until 8 p.m. this evening.

Any death is difficult for people to understand. We recommend that you take some time to discuss this news with your family. Young adults benefit from talking about how they feel and of any fears or concerns they have as a result of hearing this news. Our website has a list of suggestions and resources to help you.

Our school will be open this evening for counseling services for student and parents until 8 p.m. Additionally, there are counselors and school staff available for Lacey Township parents and guardians to help you understand the best way to help. A Parent/Guardian meeting will be held at the high school at 6:30 p.m. this evening for all parents in the district. Members of our District Response Crisis Team as well as grief counselors will be available to provide information about common reactions to news of a student death and the role that parents can play in helping children cope with loss. Please do not hesitate to contact a counselor in any of our schools for help as well.

Information about the funeral service will be made available as soon as we have it. If your child wishes to attend, I encourage you to attend with him or her.

The entire Lacey Township faculty, staff and students extend our heartfelt sympathies to the DiFabio family and to all of his friends. 

Sincerely,

Sandra D. Brower
Superintendent 

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mamabear December 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I wish this letter was true. There was about 15-20 teachers that called out "sick" today. These kids needed familiar faces at school today not substitute teachers. I pray for Dan's family and friends. Stay strong and lean on each other for support
WhyohWhy December 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Maybe, just maybe, the teachers were a feeling the loss themselves and having a hard time dealing with it. Did you ever think of that ? Being a teacher does not make their feelings immuned to this sort of thing. I'm sure there was more tha enough staff on call along with DRCT that those teachers that called out 'sick' as you put it, didn't mke a difference. Why make this harder then it is already on people....kids, teachers, family and friends.... they are all feeling the loss....Prayers to his family and friends.
Elaine Piniat (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Dr. Brower just reached out to me. She checked the attendance records and said there were not that many teachers absent. She added that staff has "shown amazing and courage and support to the students during this terrible time."
laceygirl December 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
we have substitutes because most of the teachers were helping with counseling.
Jim December 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Everyone is sad and shocked, and it seems to me that the school is handling the situation as well as any school can. The people of our little town are having a very rough year. Let's all pull together, support each other, and hope for better in 2013. Deepest condolences to the family and friends of this young man.
Michelle Finne Richardson December 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Please do not try to explain why someone would do this. And to try and explain it is really dumb. Pray for his family and ones that are left to grieve. This has not been the best of years, as stated above next year will be better, look out for each other god bless.

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