Chapter 5: Other considerations after student death
Student belongings and other considerations
The personal belongings of a student who has died may still be in their desk or locker. There’s no hurry to remove these items, and other students should be asked not to disturb them. You’ll need to discuss with the family what their wishes are about these items. For example, would they like to remove the items themselves or have the school take care of this? Offer the family the option of coming to school during or following school hours, or having someone else, such as a staff member or friends, collect and deliver the items to the family.
After a student’ death, some additional considerations that may need to be made with family, students, and the broader school board community include:
How will the student be replaced on teams, in bands, in drama productions, in school leadership positions, etc.?
If the student who has died was involved in school athletics, a decision may need to be made about their team sweater or jersey number.
How will grieving students be supported during critical times like final exams and post-secondary application deadlines?
How will all students be supported in the transition? Schools and/or school boards may want to develop a policy to ensure that all students are treated equally.