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
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.