October 8, 2015
Dear Hermann Community,
It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to let you know that one of our middle
school students passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 08, 2015. 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 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 or concerns. Please also consider monitoring and discussing your children’s
communications (social media, phone, e-mails, text messages) to further assess their
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 middle school’s counseling office for guidance on how to handle and talk about any
grief or concerns that your children may be experiencing.
This is a difficult time for everyone, but I know our students and staff 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, your child’s school counselor,
or our school based social worker.
Dr. Tracey Hankins