Loss of a Beloved Member of Birchwood School Community

Loss of Beloved Member of Birchwood School Community

April 20, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On April 19, 2019, Josh Underhay, a French Immersion teacher at Birchwood Intermediate, and his son died as a result of fatal canoeing accident. Josh was a passionate educator and is much loved by students and colleagues alike. This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially our students.

There will be regular classes for students on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Counselling supports and additional Public Schools Branch staff will be available to assist Birchwood students and staff as they grieve and cope with this loss. We encourage you, as parents and guardians, to also feel free to use our resources.

Funeral and visitation information is not available at this time, but we will communicate further when we have more information.

We have enclosed some information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact school personnel at 902-368-6870.

We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need. Our deepest condolences are with Josh’s family and friends.

Sincerely,

The administration team at Birchwood Intermediate

Please refer to the following link for facts and tips related to grief:

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/addressing-grief

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