Tragic Accident Involving Staff Member
December 30, 2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to you with some very sad news.
Around mid-day yesterday, one of our staff members, Jess West and her family, were tragically involved in a fatal car accident. I am devastated to have to inform you that Jess and her youngest son Deighton died and her husband Anthony and eldest son Oakley were injured. I have spoken with Jess’ extended family members and offered them the heartfelt sympathy of our whole school community, as well as any support or help we are able to give.
You and your children may be affected by this tragic event in many ways. Individual reactions vary. Some may cry and want to reminisce about Jess and Deighton, others may not want to speak about the event; there are a broad range of common reactions.
I have attached some information that identifies common responses and ways in which you can support your child. Should you be concerned your child is having ongoing difficulties in managing this loss, please don’t hesitate to contact the school once the new school year begins to discuss the most appropriate referral pathway.
Although we know that following tragic events such as this it is best for normal routines to resume as quickly as possible for you and your children, there is no doubt that we have all been deeply affected and saddened by this news.
Funeral arrangements are yet to be known but I will share these details with you when they become available.
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