ROTTERDAM - A student at Schalmont High School has died of an overdose and state police are investigating, Schalmont officials wrote on the district's website this weekend.
The district's post, published Saturday, indicated that the student's name was being withheld "until State Police finish an investigation."
The post did not describe the overdose further, only saying that the district "learned of the death of a student due to overdose."
The district identified the student as a student at the high school and indicated the student was attending the Capital Region BOCES auto program and in the Pathways program.
"We recently learned of the passing of one of our students over the weekend," Superintendent Carol Pallas said in a statement included in the post. "Counselors, administrators, and Prevention/Intervention staff will be on-site to provide support and care for our students and staff during this difficult time."
In a separate post Sunday, a letter to parents, Pallas encouraged parents to contact the district if they feel their child may need to speak to a counselor or other adult. Parents could also contact the district's counseling office at 518-355-6110 ext. 3047 for guidance on how to handle and talk about grief or concerns their children may be experiencing.
"This is a difficult time for everyone, but I know our students and staff will be able to lean on each other as they remember their classmate," Pallas wrote.