District mourns loss of student

Dear Parents/Guardians:
It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you that John Guerra, a 17-year-old S.S. Seward senior, lost his life in a fatal car crash last night, Monday, July 23. John was an exceptional student athlete who consistently demonstrated leadership and citizenship qualities and touched the lives of all who knew him.

Upon hearing of this tragic news, faculty and staff were informed, and the Florida UFSD crisis team made preparations to help students cope with this loss. The school counselor, school psychologist, administrators and faculty members were available today, Tuesday, July 24, from 12-3 p.m. They will continue to be on hand this week until 3:00 each day to offer support as needed.

A student death is a difficult and challenging situation that can generate a high level of anxiety and distress in some students. If you feel that your children are having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings to help them work through their grief or concerns. If you feel that your children need to speak to a counselor or other adult, please contact the main office.

The entire FUFSD community mourns the loss of John Guerra. This is a difficult time for everyone. I know our students and staff will lean on each other as they fondly remember their classmate. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to John’s family and friends.

Jan Jehring
Superintendent of Schools