The following message was sent out to the Melrose High School community today from Principal Marianne Farrell.
As reported yesterday evening, an individual was struck and killed by a commuter rail train that was traveling toward the Highlands station. An investigation is still unfolding as to the circumstances giving rise to this incident. Although the state Medical Examiner has not yet released a positive identification of the individual involved, all indications are that a Melrose High School student is the victim of this tragedy. Once the individual has been positively identified by the state Medical Examiner, this information will be provided to our school community. We ask that you continue to respect the sensitive and confidential nature of this process as it unfolds.
Given the tragic circumstances surrounding this individual’s untimely death, the following actions will be taken:
- There will be no classes or exams on Wednesday, January 20th. Due to the circumstances mid-year exams have been postponed until Thursday, January 21st. Although, there will be no classes or exams on Wednesday, January 20th, the school will be open for students who wish to speak with a counselor.
- Grief counselors will be made available tomorrow for all students and staff at Melrose High School. The school is open tomorrow from 7:45 to 3:00 for any student who wishes to come to school and meet with someone. The district’s seven school psychologists and eight guidance counselors will be available to speak with individual students or small groups.
- Please see the revised Mid-Year Exam Schedule below.
Please keep this individual and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.