The following is the text of a letter sent home via backpack mail to Bradt Primary School families today:
Dear Bradt families,
The Mohonasen community is mourning the loss of Deborah Roman, an English as a New Language Learners teacher at Bradt School.
We have learned that Mrs. Roman, her husband and son passed away in a fire at their Colonie home on Tuesday evening.
Upon hearing of this news, district administrators developed a plan to help students and staff cope with this tragic loss. Counselors and other support staff have been and will continue to be available to students, teachers and parents.
Please know that we did not discuss this with your child. As a parent, you are in the best position to talk with your child about this tragedy. We would encourage you to do that this evening and have included some suggestions you could use to speak with your child in age-appropriate terms. Please take from this what works for you as you know your child best. We will continue to have counselors on hand at school should you or your child need additional support.
Children grieve in different ways. We have attached some information on various ways children display grief and
how to help your child cope. Additional resources are available on the Mohonasen website.
Even if your child has not had direct ties to Mrs. Roman, they still may be very upset by this event. Please give your child(ren) an opportunity to express their feelings and contact your child’s principal if there is any concern about your child’s response.
Mrs. Roman was a vibrant member of the Mohonasen community for nearly 20 years. She touched the lives of countless children and was a friend to all who crossed her path. We are heartbroken by this tragic news. Mrs. Roman was a phenomenal educator who will be deeply missed.
Superintendent of Schools
How to Help, from the Children’s Grief Education Association