Superintendent Letter from Dr. Dionisio 11/16

Superintendent Letter from Dr. Dionisio November 16, 2021
Posted on 11/16/2021
Superintendent Letter from Dr. Dionisio November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021


Dear Ramapo Indian Hills and FLOW Families & Community Members: 


It is with deep sadness that I share with you the loss of Drew Gibbs, Ramapo High School Teacher and Head Football Coach, who passed away this morning due to complications from an emergency medical procedure. Coach Gibbs was a respected and beloved faculty member and a pillar in our community who commanded respect from everyone. He was a fierce competitor and a polite, kind gentleman who was always a class act.


We understand that many adults and students may have intense feelings and may experience a range of emotions including questions about the passing of Coach Gibbs. News of such a loss affects our entire community, especially our children. This sad news may foster some unresolved feelings in your child that he or she would like to discuss with you. You can help your child by listening carefully, not over-reacting, accepting his or her feelings, and answering questions honestly according to your beliefs. You know your child best and how to approach talking about loss. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school if you need assistance. We are here to help your child and your family. You may find the following information helpful on the Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth website:  


The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District has coordinated our crisis intervention team to help our students, parents, and school personnel with their reactions to this loss. Our district crisis team is comprised of counselors who will be available to talk with your child, answer their questions, and provide additional resources if needed. 


We have enclosed some information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor or case manager. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, you may consider contacting any of the following resources listed below:


Grief and Bereavement Resources


We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need. Our sincere condolences go out to the family, friends, and loved ones. Please join me in offering our thoughts and prayers to the Gibbs family in their time of sorrow.



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Dr. Rui Dionisio

Superintendent of Schools