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Tuesday December 6th, 2022
Sandy Creek Central School District

Sandy Creek Central School District

District Update September 1, 2022

September 1st, 2022 by Kyle L. Faulkner, Superintendent of Sandy Creek Central School District

Sandy Creek Families,

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On August 31st, three of our Sandy Creek high school students, along with a recent graduate of Pulaski High School, were involved in an unfortunate tragedy. Sadly, a senior at Sandy Creek, Madysen Young, and the recent graduate of Pulaski, passed away as a result of this tragedy. The other two students were not physically injured. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students.

Our district has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this.

We have counselors available for anyone who may need or want help surrounding this loss. Counselors will be available today, September 1st, and tomorrow, September 2nd from 8AM - 3PM. If you feel that your child needs to meet with a counselor, please have your child check in at the high school office.

We have enclosed links to information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home.
- Children and Grief (focused primarily on infant through age 12): https://www.sandycreekcsd.org/pub/1151
- The Five Stages of Loss & Grief: https://www.sandycreekcsd.org/pub/1152

If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Tanya VanOrnum, School Counselor, LMHC at (315) 529-8750, or (315) 387-3445 Ext. 1943 or email at tvanornu@sccs.cnyric.org. She can then make arrangements for you to speak with someone either in person or on the phone.

We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child(ren) as you need.

Sincerely,
Kyle L. Faulkner
Superintendent of Sandy Creek Central School District


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