Please note the following statement from John J. Finello, superintendent of East Islip School District:
have been informed by the Suffolk County Department of Health that an
East Islip High School student passed away on June 15 from symptoms
related to meningococcal disease.
East Islip Board of Education, administration and entire school
district community are truly saddened to learn of this tragic loss and
we extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the student's
family and friends during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and
prayers are with them.
Beginning on Monday, June 18, the district will
offer grief counselors and support services to both students and staff
as needed to cope with this devastating loss. End-of-year exams will
continue to proceed as scheduled.
The safety and well-being of
all students is our first priority. The district is working very closely
with the Suffolk County Health Department, and we are following its
lead on communicating all relevant and necessary information to family,
classmates, and staff.
We have been informed by public health
officials that the incubation period for those who may have had close
contact with this student has passed. It is safe for students to be in
school for exams.
Suffolk County Department of Health letter