April 30, 2019
Dear JFK Families,
I am writing today with a very heavy heart. We received notification that one of our students, Joseph Finn, has died unexpectedly from natural causes. This is extremely sad for our entire school community and will affect us deeply.
I am in contact with Joseph’s family and am working with other members of the community to provide support. We have our school-based mental health staff as well as the DPS Crisis Response Team available to help provide support to our students.
You may wish to discuss further with your child about death and grief. Please consider opening a dialogue about what they are thinking and feeling. The best thing for those who have experienced grief is to have increased attention and support from their loved ones in the days and weeks following the loss.
The following signs may indicate that your child is having difficulty, but with time they should decrease. Signs of stress potentially caused by grieving death:
- Most importantly, marked changes in usual ways of behaving, including decline in school productivity or mood changes
- Changes in sleeping or eating problems
- Loss of interest in activities they previously enjoyed, and isolating themselves
- Easily distracted
- Physical symptoms
- Acting out behavior, including aggression
- Difficulty making decisions or following through with plans
Our thoughts are with the family at this time as we honor their request for privacy. We are grateful for the strength of our school community in times such as these. If after talking with your child, you need further support, please contact the school at 720-423-4300.