Dear Troy Community
It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to let you know that one our recent 2022 graduates passed away unexpectedly over Thanksgiving weekend. 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 and 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 high school and our counseling department will assist with how to handle and talk about any grief and concerns that your children may be experiencing.
This is a difficult time for everyone, but I know our students, staff and community 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.
Dr. Janilyn Elias
Superintendent of Schools