Press release from the Citrus County School Board — “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that our district has experienced the passing of two students this week. As expected with any loss, the impact of these situations will be felt for the days, weeks, and years to come,” said Superintendent Sandra Himmel.
She went on to say, “As we all work to help the impacted families, students, and staff cope with loss, I am encouraging all families to continue to engage their children and check on their well-being. Over the last year, all of our lives have changed in one way or another and those long-term impacts are still unknown. Please know that our school district along with our community partners is here to provide resources that are available 24/7.”
If you need more information on these resources, please visit the district’s homepage, citrusschools.org, where parents and students will find information that can help families connect with school counselors and social workers.
Some of this information is available below. In addition, Lifestream has a mobile response team that is available for families that can help with social/emotional issues (see below). As always, if you need immediate help, please call 9-1-1.
“As your Superintendent, please know that student well-being has always been and will continue to be my top priority. Moving forward, we will remain committed to sharing all available resources with students and their families,” said Himmell.
Citrus Gazette has reached out to the family through the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
LifeStream Behavioral Center
Main line – 352-315-7500
Mobile response team – 352-408-6625
Main Line – 352-628-5020
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line: Text “MHFA” to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis counseling