3/27: Statement from Superintendent Perry

Dear South Colonie School Community, 

With great sadness, I must share the heartbreaking news that an eighth grade student at Sand Creek Middle School, Hayley Allen, passed away yesterday afternoon following a medical emergency. 

Haley held a special place in our Sand Creek and Forest Park school communities.  Her smile was a constant throughout her time at Colonie and her loss will be felt by all who knew her.  

The loss of a student can be a difficult and challenging situation that can generate a high level of anxiety and distress in students. During this time, as the school community processes this news and copes with grief, please know that support services are available to any students and staff who need them. If you would like to speak with someone, please call 518-213-8504 and leave a message. Someone from our Support Services Team will call you back as soon as possible. 

I encourage parents and guardians to talk with their children about this sad news. Discussing thoughts and feelings about this situation is important in helping your child work through his or her grief. 

Our condolences and thoughts go out to the Allen family and all of Hayley’s friends and classmates.

Dr. David Perry
Superintendent of Schools