Officials from the Patchogue-Medford School District say that students and staff are saddened by the death of a student who took his or her own life on Sunday. In a letter to parents sent on Tuesday, Superintendent Donna Jones called the death of Medford Elementary School student Anders Hart “a heartbreaking passing.”
Jones was not available to talk right away and could not be reached
Hart was a “leader” among his classmates and “active in all aspects of the school’s community.” Jones wrote in her letter that, even though he seemed to be the “ideal student scholar,” he also struggled with depression. Hart did well in school, sports, and music, and people knew him for all these things.
But we have reached out to the family and told them that they have the district’s full support. “However, there is no way that words can adequately comfort the family’s uncontrollable grief during this hard time,” she continued. “However, there is no way that words can adequately comfort the family’s uncontrollable grief during this hard time.” The family wants all of the teachers and staff at Medford Elementary School, who helped Anders all the time while he was there, to know how much they appreciate it.
The response made
She said that not only Hart’s family is sad, but also the teachers, students, and other members of the Medford school family will “battle with sorrow and the processing of this awful event.” Jones says that school officials have put together a crisis response team to help and that their “most important priority” is to help teachers and students who have been “touched personally” by the incident. Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., guidance counselors will be available at the Medford Elementary School.
Because there are “many” Hart siblings in the schools, there will be counselors, psychologists, and social workers at all schools on Monday to help any students who are having trouble. Jones said that this was done because “many” Hart siblings go to these schools.
She said, “We know that no two people deal with loss the same way and that grief is a process that can take time and often happens in stages. We want everyone in the community to know that we are here to help them along the way.” She said, “In Patchogue-Medford, we have tried to make sure that every student has a “go-to” person—someone they can trust, confide in, and get help from when they need it.”
The study analysis that has been made
According to a study done all over the state, most of the state’s 686 school districts outside of New York City started the epidemic with mental health teams that were much smaller than what is recommended nationally. Ninety-five percent of school districts did not have one school social worker for every 250 students, as was required. Nineteen school districts said they had no mental health professionals on staff at all. Over half of the school districts didn’t have the minimum number of school psychologists and counselors for each student.