Please note the following statement from John J. Finello, superintendent of East Islip School District:

We 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. 

The 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