The students and staff of Central Valley are mourning the loss of CVA sophomore Jared McManus who passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, Dec. 2. No other details are available at this time. The district will post funeral service information when known.
In addition to taking classes at CVA, Jared was a student in the BOCES CTE Culinary Arts Program.
District counselors are available in the CVA guidance office and social worker office for students or staff struggling with the loss. The LGI has been set aside for students as a safe place to quietly get away. Faculty and staff may use the high school conference room.
“The loss of a student, classmate, or friend is traumatic, so we want everyone to take advantage of these services, if needed” said Superintendent Rich Hughes.
“If someone is hurting, they need to reach out. And if you see someone else suffering, you need to speak up.”
Parents are asked to talk with their children and to notify school officials if they feel their children need help coping with the loss. For behavioral or emotional concerns, please contact the high school office at 895-7471 ext. 55500.
Dr. Hughes said Jared had classmates and friends at BOCES and friends at other area schools. He thanked those educators for offering assistance to Central Valley and for taking steps to provide grief support for students in their programs.
“We have lost one of our Thunder. No words can express our sadness. We can only do our best to support our school community and to offer our sincerest sympathies to Jared’s family,” he said.