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An Important Notice to Everett Public Schools Students, Families, and Staff

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THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2022

Dear Everett Public School Parents and Guardians,

It is with extreme sadness that I am informing the EPS community that Class of 2022  graduate Fabieri "Fab" Fabert passed away following a drowning accident on Wednesday, June 22nd. I ask you to join me in extending our deepest condolences to Fab’s family, friends, teammates, and teachers. 

In response to this sudden and tragic loss, Everett High School will be open on Friday, June 24th for students who need additional support. EPS Manager of Social and Emotional Wellness Patrick Quigley will coordinate this effort in collaboration with our social-service partners.

Understandably, students have a wide range of reactions to the news of the death of a classmate. In addition to our counselors, school employees, and partners, you can help your student cope with some of the emotions they might be experiencing:
 
• Assure your child that the death of a young person is rare and that, as a family and a community, we will do everything possible to keep them safe.
• Reassure your child that sadness, anger, fear, guilt, confusion, and other feelings are all normal and okay when someone dies.
• Express your own feelings in an open way that encourages your child to share their feelings and concerns.
• It is natural for children to want to understand the reasons why, but it is important not to speculate and to instead try and focus on what they are feeling.
• If you think your child needs additional support the best thing to do is contact your school counselor or principal, and we can help you find support.
 
Additionally, these guides included in this communication are useful for parents, guardians, caregivers, and educators:

EPS Manager of Social and Emotional Wellness Patrick Quigley will send out additional resources and tools in the coming days, and we will share any further information as it becomes available.  

Our heartfelt thoughts remain with Fab’s family and loved ones.   

Sincerely,
Priya Tahiliani
Superintendent of Schools

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