May 9, 2022

 

Dear DATA Community:

 

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to tell you about a tragedy affecting our school community. On May 8th, two of our high school students, Alexia Rael and Mario Salgado-Rosales, died unexpectedly. We will share this information with students on Tuesday morning in their advisory before classes. Extra staff, counselors, teachers, and support staff are available to anyone that needs support. This includes our seniors who do not have regular classes scheduled for this week.

 

We encourage students to come to school tomorrow so that our community can be together in this difficult time. However, if your student is unable to attend school on Tuesday, please reach out to a school staff member to let us know they will not be in class. We have also included some resources attached to this email or you can reach out to counseling@datacharter.org.

 

As a parent or guardian, you may want to talk to your student about death because it impacts each person in different ways.  How students react depends on their age, their prior experience with death, and the relationship they had with the person who died.

 

Your student may exhibit any of the following normal responses:

 

  • Appear unaffected
  • Ask questions about the death repeatedly (if applicable)
  • Be angry or aggressive
  • Be withdrawn or moody
  • Be sad or depressed
  • Become afraid
  • Have difficulty sleeping or eating One of the most helpful things you can do for your student is to listen. If they want to talk, answer questions simply, honestly and be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly. If you need to talk with someone outside school hours, please contact the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line anytime at 1-855-662-7474.   Please see the attached resources as well.Student Handout.pdf Adult Handout.pdf
  • DATA referrals & resources 2021-22.pdf
The DATA community extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Alexia and Mario.

Respectfully,Mr. MacDonald and the DATA staff