PHS Letter to the Perry Community

Good afternoon to our Perry Community,

We are very saddened by the untimely death of another one of our students.

In the wake of all that has happened in this school year, we want to take the opportunity to share with you what we as the school community have done and are continuing to do to support our students. 

The District began working with the Sandy Hook Promise Folks to implement the multi-pronged SOS (Signs of Suicide) program for every school.  

The implementation of the SOS Intervention Program began with Phase I taking place on October 31st.  Every building has implemented a team who will lead them in the education and training of every staff member and student in that building.  All principals, assistant principals, and counselors were present and are a major part of the team.    We were also joined by friends from other districts as well as the Stark County Sheriff’s Department.  

We met with our PHS staff today to be prepared to support our students during this recent tragedy.

On Thursday, November 2nd, the district counseling team will be present in every Perry High School English class to have a discussion with students on the recent events as well as to educate them on what steps and measures that we have put into place to assist our students.  

We will continue with this training and it will be an ongoing part of our support strategies for our students.  This is in addition to our recent professional development day in which we dedicated training for our entire staff.

Tomorrow, students will again be provided with the following numbers as resources that are available to them and how they may be utilized:

Perry Police Department (330) 478-5121

Crisis Intervention (330) 452-6000

Text for Hope 741-741

Students will also be reminded that their school counselors are available to them for anything that they need to discuss and how to access their counselor.

We continue to talk with students and parents and worked closely with our community resources.  

We would like to remind you that as we have these discussions and continue to train and educate your student, that there may be questions that they would like to talk to you about.  Please do not hesitate to reach out for the numerous resources that are available to all of us.

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