Special Announcement

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

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 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