The Blaine County School District is offering grief counseling in the wake of the death of a Community School eighth-grader that has been confirmed as a suicide.
The School District sent a note to parents Tuesday saying it has social workers and counselors available to help children in need of support.
The Wood River Middle School Parent Teacher Association will hold an informational meeting and discussion about teen suicide on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Wood River Middle School library, in Hailey.
Social workers from the middle school and Wood River High School will be present to provide information and answer questions, and the meeting is offered to all parents and students.
A notice to parents of Wood River Middle School students stated that people in need of assistance can also call the Crisis Hotline at 788-3596. Social workers Julie Carney at Wood River High School, Tod Gunter at Wood River Middle School and Cecilee Torres at Silver Creek High School can also be contacted at their respective schools, the notice said.
“Our condolences go out to the student’s family and the entire Community School,” the district wrote in an email to parents. “In this close-knit area, we know that tragic events like this have an impact on the whole community. We have asked our staff to be vigilant in monitoring student behavior and identifying students who may need support.”
A spokesperson at the private Community School in Sun Valley could not be reached for comment on any separate initiatives being implemented there.