Barrington students return to class; grief support available


Barrington Schools Superintendent Michael Messore shared a message with local parents late last week as teachers and students prepared to return to class after April vacation week.

The email, which was distributed to parents of all public school students in Barrington, shared the various steps the district had taken following the unexpected death of a seventh grade Barrington Middle School student earlier this month.

It stated that the administration activated the crisis team — it included social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, special educators and a clinical psychologist — on Friday, April 18. That team “coordinated and provided grief support to help students and faculty cope with their feelings” and was available throughout vacation week.

“School counselors will continue to be available next week during the school day and after school to maintain an environment focused on normal educational activities,” stated the email.

The district has been in contact with outside professional agencies, which are available for additional support.

The email also stated that middle school and high school administrators were scheduled to meet with staff members before the start of school on Monday “to address appropriate communication with students.”

“Most importantly, if you feel that your child may have trouble coping with this very difficult subject, we recommend that you consultant with your child’s doctor,” stated the email.

The district has also provided people with additional resources online:

Last week, police confirmed that the 12-year-old boy had committed suicide.


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