2-Hour delay, explained

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Carter Rood, a sophomore, died of natural causes Sunday night. He was a student who was part of so many things here at OV. Carter was a great brother, grandson and son, teammate, student, and friend to all those fortunate to know him.

A two-hour delay was used today to allow staff to be debriefed about this unexpected loss, have space to grieve together, and prepare before student arrival. It also allowed time for extra grief counselors from DCMO-BOCES and area clergy to travel to OV to be available for counseling. Additional aides rode the buses to be with students just hearing this news. There wasn’t a school-wide announcement upon students arrival at school; instead, Principal Rob Berson went to each secondary classroom to let students know and to advise that counseling is available.

All after-school activities (both home and away for our student athletes) are cancelled today (Monday, September 11).

When information regarding a memorial service becomes available and if it is the family’s wish, we will announce it.

People grieve in different ways so it is important to have ongoing support available. If you have any concerns about your child’s reaction to Carter’s death, you may contact Mr. Berson at 315-653-7218, ext. 4046, or a counselor of your choice. Here are additional suggestions:

How to Help Your Child Cope with Grief

  • Be honest and give accurate information appropriate to your children’’s ability to understand and wish to know.
  • Provide extra affection and reassurance. A death may bring up fears about their own health, or that of a loved one.
  • Give choices, for example, “Would you like to paint a rock to honor Carter? Would you like to write a note to his brother? His cousins? His grandparents?”
  • Listen! When we show we are interested in how students thinks and feel, they often have a lot to say about death and grief.
  • Encourage open expression of emotion through art, writing, and conversation.
  • Share your own grief without overburdening your children. It is okay for children and youth to know that you are experiencing and surviving your own grief.
  • Continue daily routines for your as much as possible during this time of change.
  • Memorialize -- light a candle, create a memory book -- as appropriate. Ritual helps us heal.
  • Be patient. Children and youth may take longer than adults to resolve grief. Their processing of it may happen in stages. They often need to ask the same questions over and over.

Thank you for your support as we cope with this loss, and for sharing in our heartfelt condolences to Carter’s family.

We are glad we knew him.

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