The district office will be open to the public during Spring Break March 26-31.
Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm
The sudden loss yesterday of Principal Troy Schueller has hit our community hard, especially everyone associated with Coeur d’Alene High School. Your children may be experiencing some challenging emotions right now: sorrow, confusion, anger. It’s important to talk with them about how they are feeling and to be there to support them in their grief. They already may be talking with their friends about this on social media.
Today, students have an opportunity to come back to CHS and speak with counselors who will be at the school until 2:30 p.m. You are welcome to join them. Our counselors are here to listen and to assist students, parents and staff process this tragic event and give them an opportunity to grieve and express their feelings.
Spring break is nearly upon us. While many families may be traveling over the coming week, others will remain in the area, and some children may be home alone. Again, we encourage you to have a healthy and supportive conversation with your children about what has happened this week. Are they having difficulty understanding and coping with this news? Do they have any questions about suicide?
If you or someone is in immediate crisis:
CALL 800-273-TALK (8255), the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
OR CALL 208-398-4357, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.
OR TEXT the Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. TEXT 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
CALL THE Idaho Mental Health Services Crisis Line for Children: 208-769-1406
YOU ALSO CAN CALL the Northern Idaho Crisis Center at 208-625-4884. The Crisis Center helps people 18 and older who are having a mental health crisis. The Crisis Center is a joint project between Panhandle Health District, Kootenai Health and Heritage Health. The center is free, safe, private, and voluntary.
We thank administrators from school districts in Idaho and neighboring states and the multitudes of community partners that have been in touch to offer their support. As Superintendent Olson pointed out, "this is a wonderful testament to Troy Schueller and to the relationship that he established in this community and this region.”
Join us for a FREE training on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 - 7 PM at Lake City High School [6101 N. Ramsey]
Coeur d’Alene Public Schools has invested in QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer as our core suicide awareness and intervention training. QPR is an emergency intervention for someone experiencing a life-threatening crisis. Learn more about this program and watch a 3-minute overview video on our website: www.cdaschools.org/suicide_prevention.
This training is recommended for anyone 14 or older.
If your student exhibits any of the warning signs, don’t be afraid to ask if they have thought about suicide or if someone is hurting them. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk or plant the idea. On the contrary, it creates the opportunity to offer help.
Ask your child if they think any of their friends or classmates exhibit warning signs. Talk with them about how to seek help for their friend or classmate. Guide them on how to respond when they see or hear any of the warning signs.
Listen to your children’s comments without judgment. Doing so requires that you fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Put your own agenda aside.
Get help from a school-employed or community-based mental health professional if you are concerned for your child’s safety or the safety of one of their peers.
This can be a difficult time for many students, especially for those who are already at risk of suicide and harmful behaviors. Talk to your child early and often. Learn the warning signs, here:jasonfoundation.com/youth-suicide/warning-signs.
Casey Morrisroe, Chairman, Board of Trustees: “Troy was a valuable member of our school family and a tremendous person. He had accomplished amazing things at Coeur d’Alene High School during the past two school years, and his smile and leadership will be missed. Beyond that, Troy was a great husband, father, and friend. His death is tragic and will leave a hole in our hearts for a long time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Trina Caudle, Director of Secondary Education: “Our community is grieving the loss of our dear friend and colleague. Troy truly, deeply cared about everybody. As principal at Coeur d’Alene High, his top priority was to improve the culture of the school and make sure all students and staff knew they were cared for. We encourage our students to reach out and talk with their loved ones, or come to the school and visit with one of the crisis counselors who are here to help.”
Superintendent Stan Olson: “Words cannot express the sadness that I feel and that is shared by our school board, our staff and our community by this loss. This is a young man that was respected and appreciated by not only our students and staff but by anyone who knew him. Troy was a person who wanted to be a better professional and a better person. He was a person who lived life and had known the joys of life and the difficulties along the way, and anyone who knew him well greatly appreciated him.”
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