July 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM
Message from Randolph Schools :
We understand that students have been gathering at the crash site the last few days to pay tribute to their friends. In the interest of safety, the high school will be open for any student who wishes to talk or simply visit with friends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Counseling and other support services will be available Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. in the RHS Commons for any student or staff member who would like to gather and discuss Saturday’s tragedy with one another and professional counselors.
There will also be support representatives available to any district personnel from CONCERN, the District’s Personnel Service Agency on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. Finally, we are aware that St. Matthew’s Church on Dover-Chester Road has organized an open forum for the community tonight at 7 p.m.
The following resources are available should a family member need assistance to cope with tragedy or is a potential risk of harm to self or others.
24-Hour Hotlines for Sudden Loss:
- Morristown Memorial Hospital: 973-540-0100
- NJ Helpline: 1-855-654-6735
- St. Clare’s Hospital: 973-625-6150
- ***Resource for District Personnel via CONCERN coverage: 973-451-0025; 800-242-737
Randolph Township Schools:
The following mental health professionals are available via email between July 27 and August 4 and are able to provide support and resources:
• Amanda Weiner, School Psychologist: firstname.lastname@example.org (daily).
• Kerri Hagen, school psychologist: email@example.com from July 27-30.
• Celeste Bonura, school psychologist: firstname.lastname@example.org daily from 6 to 8 p.m.
From Superintendent David Browne: "The Morris County Prosecutor's Office reported that two of our students died in a car crash on Ironia Road on Saturday. Our entire school community is in mourning and our thoughts are most certainly with the families and friends of the two students, beloved by so many. Mrs. Iosso met with her crisis team at RHS first thing Sunday morning and we will have counselors available for any student or staff member in need of assistance. You can be assured that our school community will do everything we can to help our students deal with this tragic loss. We will do our best to provide additional updates as necessary during this difficult time. Thank you for your support and understanding."
From RHS Principal Debbie Iosso: "The entire school community is mourning the loss of two senior young men and we send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families. All of our immediate efforts are centered on the well-being of our students and staff, all of whom have been impacted greatly by this tragic accident. Our continued focus is on providing our school community a place where they can gather and be with one another. We are offering counseling services for anyone who needs them as we all continue to process this tragedy."
We will continue to provide updates as best we can. For press inquiries, please contact Mr. Jon Zlock, the district's communications coordinator, via email@example.com or (973) 361-0808, ext. 8111.